Who doesn’t love a fresh-smelling home? I know I do, and it’s not always the easiest to attain. We are an extremely active family, which means lots of smelly sporting equipment and camping gear. We also have a dog who loves to join on all adventures and splash in every puddle, creek and river we come across. I’m sure you can imagine what my house smells like after a great summer weekend!
Years ago I would solve this problem by buying the oh-so-popular Febreze, an air freshener made by Proctor&Gamble that ‘traps and removes odor’. Little did I know that Febreze has been found to contain OVER 80 KNOWN AIR CONTAMINANTS. Yes, you read that correctly. According to EWG (Environmental Working Group) who independently tested Febreze, it contains 89 air contaminants, including acetaldehyde, propylene glycol, limonene and methyl pyrrolidone ethylacetate, which is toxic to the the brain and nervous system. These contaminants are linked to cancer, are toxic to the reproductive system and cause allergies. Read the full reports here and here.
That was more than enough for me to look into making my own air fresheners. Even with the potential health risks aside, the pure simplicity of this DIY project, plus the cost savings makes it great for everyone!
The average 14oz commercial spray will cost you between $2.99-$5.99 depending on the brand. This simple, natural and safe air freshener will cost approx. $.30 for 14oz (depending on the essential oils you decide to use). How can you turn that down! The following recipe includes only 3 ingredients! It’s quite simple; the baking soda deodorizes the space while the essential oils provide a beautiful aroma.
How to Make your own Air Freshener
What you need:
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp of baking soda
- 15-20 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil (depending on the strength of the oil you are using)
You can use just one scent (for example 20 drops of Lavender) or mix scents together ( 10 drops of Lavender and 10 drops of Chamomile). I prefer using a Lavender/Chamomile blend for bedrooms and a citrus blend of sorts for the kitchen and living room. The possibilities are endless!
1. Pour the baking soda into a medium sized bowl. Drop the essential oil(s) over the baking soda and mix well. This will ensure that the oil is ‘carried’ in the powder and does not separate from the water.
2. Add the water and stir well until the baking soda has dissolved. Use a funnel and transfer into a spray bottle.
3. Spray away knowing that you are filling your home with natural safe scents!