Commercial air fresheners contain volatile organic compounds (like formaldehyde, petroleum distillates and limonene to name a few) which have been linked to respiratory problems.
These air fresheners are simply covering up smells rather than eliminating them. So, not only are they toxic but they are basically useless as well.
That’s why I make my own homemade air freshener. Well, that and they are super simple and inexpensive to make.
Homemade air freshener
- An old mason jar or recycled glass jar (like a salsa jar)
- baking soda
- essential oils (I get high quality EO’s here)
Poke some holes in the top of your jar. (I had Matt do this part for me. He says this: hold the top with one hand and use an awl to puncture it to make holes. You can also use a nail and a hammer. Make sure you punch the holes towards the inside since they will be sharp.)
Fill with baking soda.
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil (I used geranium).
Place in whatever area you need a little freshening. The baking soda absorbs odors and the essential oils create a nice fragrance.
To use as a carpet deodorizer:
Sprinkle the baking soda mixture on your carpet and let sit for a while and then vacuum it up. I have also used it to freshen a mattress after a baby pee incident (and it absorbs any moisture still on the mattress).
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