Most chemical air freshers, plug-ins, mists and scented candles have a cocktail of chemicals that are known to be hormone-disruptors and cause cancer. They’re easy and cheap to deploy but the results are not worth the health risks. There are so many natural ways to scent a room, so put down the aerosol can and read on.
Soy Wax Candles
Most candles are made out of paraffin wax unless otherwise specified, and using them is equivalent to burning plastic in your home. Next time you are picking up a candle, pay attention to the wax it is made out of (soy and beeswax are safe) and how it is scented. Naturally scented candles may not be as potent as the chemical laden ones but your lungs will be happier. You can try making your own candles with soy wax and essential oils, I’ve made a few but the effort was not worth it. Some of my favorite brands for candles are Scentsational and Meyer’s.
Automatic Air Freshener Hack
You know those timed automatic air fresheners in public bathrooms that spray right in your face and get in your mouth? I’ve found a great hack to replicate this effect (sans the terrible parts) for your small spaces, like bathrooms that have a flip top or swing top lids.
I take some cotton coil and soak it in essential oil, here I’m using Eucalyptus essential oil because it’s a very refreshing, spa-like scent. Any citrus or strong smelling oil will work, try to avoid woodsy or mellow smells since it may not have as potent of an effect. Then you take this soaked cotton and put it under your trash can liner. This way every time you throw something away you get a nice whiff when you open your trash can. I re-soak the cotton coil every time I replace the trash can liner. This won’t work very well on open trash cans since the scent will evaporate much too quickly.
I love sprinkling carpet powder to deodorize carpets and rugs in my home, but they too are filled with carcinogenic ingredients that you could be breathing in. If you have children or pets, they could also come into contact with the powder since it is impossible for you to vacuum it all up. Luckily you can simplify the ingredients to the most basic and make a DIY version that is safe to use.
DIY Carpet Powder
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils
- Borax (optional)
Pretty simple and easy to throw together. You can also customize and change up the scent based on the seasons or your mood. Just sprinkle it on like you would any other carpet deodorizer, wait for as long as you can and vacuum it up.
Essential Oil Diffusers and Nebulizers
There are a few ways to propel essential oils to fragrance your home. Diffusers are a popular option, plus they double as a humidifier by diluting essential oils in water. They come in a lot of pretty shapes and colors to compliment the space they’re in, I have this one on my desk at work by Smiley Daisy. These work best in smaller spaces so if you have a large room a diffuser will neither scent or humidify your space. For that, you need a larger humidifier and an essential oil nebulizer.
I have no idea what it’s doing in there, but it looks super cool! Well, I have a small idea of what it’s doing, the pressurized air is atomizing micro-particles of essential oil when they come into contact with each other, whatever that means. This SpaRoom AromaLuxe Micro-Air Nebulizing Diffuser has a two-hour automatic shut off and runs for two-minutes with one-minute off. You can put any mixture of ~15 drops of essential oils in the opening and let her rip. It has a battery you can charge so it does not have to be tethered to a power cord. If you need a humidifier recommendation I love the look and features of this one by VAVA!
Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan Salt Lamps already purify the air on their own, but you can buy one with an additional feature to give it a little extra kick. These Himalayan Salt Lamp Essential Oil Diffusers have little metal trays on top that you can put essential oils in, the heat from the lamp over time will distribute the scent. It’s subtle but it’s another way to fragrance your home naturally.
I am partial to Lavender essential oil because it makes my room smell like a spa, but in the evening I add Cedarwood since it is good for sleepytime.
DISCLAIMER: I have read that essential oils can be harmful to cats, I do not have a cat but please take caution when using essential oils in your home if you have a cat! Take care not to allow them to inhale the oils or have it come in contact with their skin, their livers and lungs are sensitive to them. Unfortunately, this means the diffuser, nebulizer and carpet powder are a no-go for cat owners, but the other hacks should be fine unless they knock over/drink from the salt lamp tray or come in contact with the cotton coil soaked in EOs.
How do you keep your home smelling great? Got any other natural hacks? Let me know in the comments!
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