Natural DIY Air Fresheners & Why You’re gonna want to switch to them!
I’m convinced that good old fashioned fresh air is the ultimate natural air freshener. Last summer, I was working on a movie in Austria and Germany, and learned something I hadn’t even thought of before. Most of the locals over there keep windows open in their houses all year long–which was a foreign thought to me, since I’m used to central air and heat. But I liked it, and I realized that I could breathe better with the windows cracked open.
After I got home, I researched a little more about the pro’s and con’s of utilizing fresh air and I was intrigued, to say the least. I learned that students perform 20% better on exams, when windows are open, that kids experience less sickness when they live in fresh air environments, and much more. I was impressed with the thought that we will thrive, mentally, physically, and with greater levels of energy and wellness by changing that one simple thing in our lives.
Here are some studies that I think you might like as well:
Other Natural DIY Air Fresheners
I used to love it when actors would step into our makeup trailer and immediately comment on how wonderful it smelt. I would look proudly at my newest little air freshener that I had just purchased thinking what a wonderful investment it had been.
Or was it?
When I first learned that fragrance could be highly toxic, I seriously didn’t want to believe it. I loved fragrance. So at first I denied it, then as time went by, I became curious as I started to connect my headaches and foggy thinking moments to times I was surrounded by fragrance. I reluctantly started doing my homework and learned much more than I wanted to. I found reports and studies that linked fragrance to neurotoxicity, cancer, and endocrine disruption.
Many fragrances contain petroleum bi-products, and even phthalates, which are carcinogenic endocrine disruptors. Often, a single perfume can contain hundreds of ingredients, resulting in chemical toxicity, central nervous system disorders, birth defects, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fainting, respiratory issues and the list goes on and on.
So yes it was a sad realization, but before long and after much searching, I realized pure essential oils were a much better option and even could be therapeutic. However, some essential oils themselves may contain synthetic ingredients, or are loaded with pesticides and herbicides, so we believe it’s important to make sure to only use ONLY 100% Organic Essential Oils.
Simple Air Fresheners
1. More indoor plants. I love houseplants, especially the ones that I can eat, like fresh herbs, which have wonderful aromas. And it’s a nice bonus to snip them off and eat them year round too.
2. Freshly cut lavender or flowers – I even love them dried, as they will maintain their scent for quite a while.
3. Place orange, lemon, or lime peels in a little water and boil them, or dehydrate them to sprinkle into a cute open dish where their aroma can flourish over time. I like to grind them down the disposal every now and then, to clean and freshen it.
4. Place pure essential oils on the inside of toilet paper rolls, so you reactivate scent as the roll is used.
5. Place baking soda in a cute, open container to absorb odors. You can also add in your favorite pure essential oils to add even more freshness.
6. Sprinkle baking soda (with added essential oils-optional) onto carpet prior to vacuuming. If your vacuum has a bag that fills up, placing a drop of essential oil on it will fill the room with a nice fresh aroma.
Those are a few of our little tricks, that work great and help freshen the air in our lives. Please comment below and let us know your great ideas and tricks–we love to hear from you!
Stay healthy!!! 🙂
Laurie & Tiffany
Those are just a few