Are Commercial Air Fresheners Toxic?
Air fresheners are one of the most harmful household goods, yet they are also one of the most commonly utilised. We all want our houses to have a welcoming and warm scent. Adding candles and air fresheners is a great method to do so, but not all air fresheners are the same. Many air fresheners on the market now contain substances that could be dangerous. While an apple-scented room spray or candle may smell nice, it could be harmful to your health.
Swapping away commercial air fresheners for non-toxic alternatives is one of the easiest ways to make your house healthier. You'll discover all-natural, non-toxic air fresheners mentioned below.
Why DIY Air Freshener Sprays Are Better Than Store-bought:
Not only did the scents never quite match their descriptions when I used to buy air freshener sprays at the shop, but they also smelled fake and overly perfume. They also gave me a headache right away. The final straw came when I discovered that many regularly used air fresheners were found to contain harmful chemicals. At that point, I simply decided to live in a boring, unscented house for the rest of my life.
I didn't have to suffer for long, thankfully.
Essential oils are my go-to method for freshening up my home, and I use them in a diffuser the lot of the season. However, there are times when I need a short burst of freshness, which is when I whip up one of these homemade air freshener recipes, which include:
· Unlike so many store-bought sprays, they don't contain any dangerous chemicals.
· Because they use simple ingredients that you likely have already in your home, they're very affordable.
Supplies for Making Homemade Air Fresheners
I use tap water, although distilled water will do.
These are the main ingredients in the recipes that follow. They not only allow us to achieve the scents you like, but they also help to purify the air. I'll list some of my favourite perfume combinations below, but feel able to experiment.
I add a few drops of vodka or rubbing alcohol to my sprays to help the essential oils and water mix better and the homemade air freshener dry faster. You can leave it out if you want, but I believe it improves the final output. What is my favourite piece of advice? If you don't have a lot of alcohol on hand, use vanilla extract instead. It gives the recipe a boost of flavour, and you can even produce your own vanilla extract at home.
Air Freshener Spray
For a quick and easy method to freshen up the bathrooms, I keep one of these natural air freshener spray bottles in each bathroom. Weird smells are a way of life around here, with three tiny children sharing one bathroom. On numerous occasions, this spray has saved my life. It's also useful for freshening up a bathroom before visitors arrive.
Stove Top Simmer/Potpourri
This is one of my favourite ways to freshen up the house/kitchen, especially during the chilly winter months when we can't open the windows to let the fresh air in! It's also quite simple to put together.
Simply combine a variety of spices, herbs, or fruit peels with water in a saucepan and cook on low heat for as long as desired. This can also be done in a tiny slow cooker! This is a great way to get rid of kitchen odours and give your home that cosy, cheery Holiday vibe all year round.
Car Air Freshener
Do you remember the pine trees that used to hang from almost every car's rear view mirror? People have apparently been making a DIY version for years, and it appears to be rather simple! Just make sure you're using essential oils rather than perfume oils or anything similar.
What Can I Use Instead of Air Fresheners?
You'll appreciate these three natural air fresheners if you're sensitive to different scents or wish to avoid strong smells in your home:
After you've made your perfect brew, don't throw away your coffee grounds! Keep the grounds in a bowl on your kitchen counter to absorb and absorb smells caused by cooking (such as garlic, oil, or fish).
The eco-friendliest option on our list is to add indoor air-purifying houseplants.
These low-maintenance plants effectively reduce undesirable smells, supply oxygen to your environment, and look good all year:
· Spider Plants
· Broad Lady Palms
· Weeping Fig
· Chinese Evergreen
Fresh flowers (such as geranium, lavender, chamomile, or roses) in a vase can also help to make your home smell lovely. Bonus: When the natural scents of the flowers fade, dry the petals and combine them with a few drops of your favourite essential oil to make a bowl of homemade potpourri.
A Simmer Pot with Whole-Food Ingredients
Using a simmer pot to manufacture natural air freshener is one of the oldest methods in the book. All you need to do is get a pot, put it on the stove, and fill it with a few cups of water. Then, over low heat, combine your preferred scents and simmer for a few hours.
For a warming holiday scent, use whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, cranberries, orange rind, and rosemary. To make a refreshing, bright citrus scent, combine lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit with mint leaves or rosemary.
At Koparo, we use essential oils and IFRA certified hypoallergenic fragrances to give you safe and gorgeously fragrant air fresheners. These are made without any CFCs or propellants, making it a very safe choice for homes with kids and pets. Best of all, it’s a solid 300 ml! Does not finish in a few sprays! Go on and try them: