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There’s nothing more soothing and refreshing than coming home to a house that smells wonderful. A light air of vanilla or freshly cut flowers helps put your mind at ease and welcome you back into your own personal kingdom. But most of the air freshening sprays and candles available are loaded with questionable chemicals that can affect your indoor air quality significantly. Luckily, there are ways to get those wonderful “home” scents you love without all of the added chemicals.
The most popular “green” way to bring fragrance into your home is through essential oils, and there are many ways to do this. The first and easiest way is through an essential oil diffuser. These diffusers can be as simple as a ceramic ring that fits on top of a lamp’s lightbulb or as fancy as an ultrasonic diffuser with lights. Diffusers are a wonderful way to add your favorite fragrances to each room, and the scents can easily be changed with the seasons or your mood.
You can also use essential oils in a reed diffuser. You’ve likely seen these for sale in home interiors stores, but they are quite easy to make on your own. All you need is your favorite essential oil fragrance, your preferred carrier oil, a glass container (as pretty or as plain as you like), and a small bundle (6-10) of reed diffusers or bamboo skewers. Add about 20 drops of your favorite fragrance oil to ¼ cup of your carrier oil and pour into your glass container. Add the reeds and -- ta da! -- you have a reed diffuser.
Often the stale odor that fills our homes is due to the fabrics throughout our spaces. You can easily freshen those fabrics with a DIY linen spray. Simply add 10-20 drops of your favorite fragrance or fragrance blend to 4oz. of distilled water, and place in a spray bottle. Shake well and use to refresh your fabrics as needed. You can make larger batches by increasing the ingredient ratio. Keep a bottle handy in each room to keep things smelling fresh and new.
If you love the flicker and glow of candles but don’t want their soot and chemicals in your air, consider using beeswax candles instead of soy or paraffin candles which typically use synthetic fragrances. Beeswax candles give off a light honey fragrance while burning, and they don’t have the potentially hazardous chemicals that most candles have.
You can also make your own natural potpourri by gathering pinecones and bark and adding essential oils to the mix. Bake your findings in the oven at a low temperature for about 10 minutes to kill off any critters that may be hiding, and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with your essential oils and place on a shelf out of the reach of children and pets. When you notice the scent weakening, give the bowl a stir to reawaken the scents or simply add more oils.Using essential oils in your household cleaners is another effective way of keeping your house smelling fresh and clean. Especially if those cleaning products are organic and non-toxic like ours! And don’t forget to do your research on what essential oils work best for different moods and purposes. We’ve already done some of the legwork for you!