By Megan Ciampa, Contributing Writer
Ever since I learned about the hazardous toxins in everyday fragrances, I’ve been more and more inclined to find ways to naturally freshen your home without succumbing to Febreze or other synthetic air fresheners.
Keeping your home clean and neat–a task in and of itself–can go a long way to naturally freshen your home, so sometimes all that’s needed is a quick wash of the dishes or emptying of the trash cans.
When you feel your home needs a little boost, here are some simple Do-It-Yourself methods for naturally freshening your home:
- Sprinkle baking soda in your carpets or rugs before you vacuum; it is a natural deodorizer and will absorb odors instead of masking them. In a humid climate? Care2.com recommends a light spray of distilled white vinegar instead.
- Open your windows when the weather is nice and breezy to let in some outside air to filter and clean your home.
- Sunning your clothes, linens (if appropriate) or towels can also naturally bleach and freshen your laundry.
- Have leftover mulling spices from fall & winter entertaining? Use them to create a fragrant welcoming scent by boiling them in water, then reducing heat to low and letting them simmer for 3-4 hours.
- Simmering mulling spices on the stove can create a warm and inviting scent and help to naturally freshen your home.
- Hang your own potpourri of dried, crushed herbs in a sachet in front of the air registers so it can waft the fragrance across the rooms and naturally freshen your home. No herbs? Try soaking a thin washcloth in a mixture of water and an essential oil and draping it in front of the air vent instead.
- Leftovers lemons? Drop them in your garbage disposal and let them grind up a bit; it will create a clean, fresh invigorating scent in your kitchen.
- Did you know vinegar can also absorb odors? Place a bowl of vinegar in a room where you need a little help with the odors and let it sit overnight. The same can be done with a cut-up onion, although your room might smell like a fajita at first.
- Make your own essential oil air freshening spray. All you need is a spray bottle, water, and a few drops of an essential oil (e.g., lemon). Mist around rooms or spray at an air vent to allow it to circulate and naturally freshen your home.