Our homes are constantly full of activity, and it’s important for our physical and mental health that the air that circulates around them is clean and fresh.
Making purifying the air around your home a part of your cleaning routine can make life so much more pleasant. Outside of using HEPA filters in your air conditioner unit, vacuuming regularly, and opening the windows when the weather is pleasant, there are other DIY ways you can reduce allergens and airborne bacteria.
Different scents can make their way around the house for a variety of reasons from many different sources. Maybe your kitchen that reeks of fish and garlic, or bathroom that doesn’t smell like a pleasant pile of laundry? Before reaching for the store-bought cleaner or room spray, consider trying out a natural air fresheners alternative.
You probably know that baking soda is great for freshening up your fridge, but there are many other natural products you can use to deodorize your home and give it a more comforting scent. Keeping your indoor air clean is important, but we often underestimate how the smells around you make you feel.
Obviously, if your home smells bad you don’t want to just cover it up as it could indicate a serious issue like mold, poor ventilation, or even a gas leak. However, if the smells are just short-term occurrences, you might just want a quick solution. So, whether you’re trying to get rid of lingering food smells or looking to purify the air in general, we encourage you to try one of these natural air fresheners.
Many essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, and will help not just freshen the air, but purify it as well. Simply boil a pot of water, take it off the heat, and add a few drops of essential oil, such as lemon or eucalyptus. The scent of the oils will infuse the whole room. You can also consider investing in a candle, electric, car, or light ring diffuser.
Did you know that your morning brew can combat odors around the house? Grind it, brew it, or bake some beans in the oven and the smell is sure to enliven your senses and absorb odors, like onions or garlic. Try setting out a few bowls of fresh ground coffee. Or, before offensive smells, like the trash, affect the whole room, place coffee grounds in the bottom of a new garbage bag.
Enhance your home’s ambiance and refresh your living spaces with potpourri. Potpourri is a blend of beautiful dried flowers, fragrant herbs, and essential oils.
Learn how to make and use this natural air freshener to transform your home into a fragrant haven with this video:
Fresh Herb Bouquets
Lend a herbaceous scent to any room by placing freshly snipped herbs, such as geranium, peppermint, rosemary, and lavender, in tied bouquets or in small bud vases. They are especially attractive when placed in odd-numbered groupings (e.g., three or five) on a dining room table. Be creative and get more herb bouquet ideas here!
Activated charcoal is effective at absorbing most odors and air pollutants. It’s odorless and non-toxic, and you don’t have to do anything besides stick it in the places that need deodorizing: scatter loose granules at the bottom of the trash can, mix it into cat litter or pour it into sachets to hang in stale-smelling closets.
What could be greener than houseplants? Several different plants purify the air by reducing indoor allergens and pollutants. Many popular plants like the areca palm, “Mother-in-law’s Tongue”, and the “Money Plant” work well to purify the air around them. According to research, they have even been found to reduce energy consumption in buildings and reduce health risks.
This natural air freshener idea has long been used by real estate agents, holiday celebrators, and cooks to freshen the whole house with an uplifting, spicy-citrus scent and to combat cooking odors, such as fish and onions. As the essential oils are released from the citrus and spices, their antiseptic properties will naturally disinfect the air, and recipes are simple.
Get creative and discover the fun in making this age-old natural air freshener. This is made by hanging cured, dried oranges studded with cloves. Orange pomanders can also be hung in the pantry or closet as pest deterrents due to the chemical constituents in the clove buds.
Blast airborne bacteria and disinfect the air naturally with vinegar. Fill an empty spray bottle with one part white vinegar to four parts water and spritz it into the air to freshen any room. Alternatively, place a bowl of vinegar in the kitchen to remove cooking smells.
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