by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Air fresheners are everywhere—in home kitchens, personal vehicles, restaurant bathrooms, hotel lobbies, taxi cabs, and retail clothing stores.
Why are they used so frequently? To mask odors, or to enhance ambiance.
These air fresheners come as sprays, aerosols, plug-ins, scented candles, gels, reed defuses, potpourri, scented paper, and essential oils.
While noses may enjoy the scent, bodies may not.
Standard air fresheners are made from a mix of chemicals that may participate in our biological processes. That chemical cocktail usually includes one (or more) of these ingredients:
Consider freshening air without the synthetic chemicals! Before purchasing (or making) an air freshener, identify the purpose: Is it to mask odor, or to enhance ambiance?
Remove offending odors. For example, if the kitchen garbage can smells like rotten food, then wash the garbage can with nontoxic soap and warm water to remove the rotting food particles that may be stuck to the can.
Or, if laundry is the offender, wash offensive smelling laundry with nontoxic, fragrance-free soap and baking soda; and rinse with vinegar to remove bacterial-causing odors. For fragrance, you can store the clean clothes near a diffuser of essential oils, or spray clean laundry with diluted 100% pure essential oils.
Freshening air for ambiance can be achieved with natural ingredients! Look for air fresheners that are made from all-natural ingredients, such as baking soda, 100% pure essential oils (vs. synthetic essential oils), and natural citrus (such as orange or lemon).
Air fresheners can be made using ingredients found in most homes. The DIY solutions below are easy, and can be created within minutes.
Whether you’re masking odors, or adding scent for ambiance, consider choosing air fresheners made of all-natural ingredients.
Choose ingredients that your nose and body both enjoy!
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