Commerical air fresheners are filled with potential toxins and cost a lot – here’s an easy, inexpensive, and much more healthful DIY air freshener recipe!
We live in an old farmhouse, with a basement that’s half-paved, and half-dirt. Normally, I love the unique charm of old places; but after it’s been raining a lot, I don’t. I really struggle to appreciate it on those days. Dampness in the basement of an old farmhouse means one thing: moldy, mildewy basement-smell permeating my whole, entire home.
Even on days there isn’t rain, my house sometimes just has a “funk” – but that’s more related to the people living in the house.
Like my husband. I love that man. He’s wonderful. He’s amazing. He’s the best person-gift God’s ever given me. He also tends to make the house stink – burning a pan of eggs (or a batch of jerky – burned meat is a lovely little aroma, isn’t it?), leaving his dirty socks and smelly work boots around – and, being as it’s hunting season, there’s the joy of realizing he’s just tramped through a freshly manured field in pursuit of sustenance for his family – and then tramped through our house with his hunting shoes still on. Oh, joy. That ain’t mud on my floor, is it?
It’s not just him. I have a toddler, too. That means milk-spills I don’t realize have happened until I notice that the carpet smells sour. Bits of food I don’t realize she never ate until I find them stashed somewhere, thoroughly rotten. That means diapers – just, you know, diapers in general.
So, so many smells.
I used to rely pretty heavily on commercial air fresheners to keep my sane – until I read up on how they work. Most air fresheners don’t really eliminate odors – they mask them, using all sorts of potentially harmful chemicals (read the warning labels – seriously, some of the risks of using air freshener make me think my air just really doesn’t need freshness that badly!). I try to make it a point not to keep anything in my home that, if ingested, could harm K - and that would include tasty-smelling air fresheners. Everything that smells nice smells tasty to a toddler.
Fortunately, it’s super easy to make DIY air freshener. I’ve clocked myself making this recipe at under a minute, and pricing the cost to me is mere pennies. Moreover, if you want to sanitize your air in addition to freshening it, or de-mildew-ify or anything like that, it’s as simple as just adding a little bit of the appropriate essential oil to the rest of your spray to create a multi-purpose product that still smells great (actually, I can’t vouch for that. It would depend on the combination of essential oils. I’m sure some are really nasty).
I’ve also used this as a linen spray on my pillows, couch, and in guest rooms, and it works great for that as well!
DIY Air Freshener:
- 6 oz. water
- 20-40 drops essential oil of choice
- 1 oz. rubbing alcohol (optional, but it will help your air freshener to dry faster)
Mix together in a spray bottle and use in stinky rooms, on stinky fabrics, and in stinky shoes!
I’m a fairly predictable person – mine is almost always lavender
-scented; I can’t vouch for how long the smell will last for other essential oils, but when I’ve sprayed this on my pillow, the smell lasts for about 3 days. Since that’s the typical length of a guest’s stay for the holidays, this is a great way to make guest bedrooms more homey and inviting (for those of you who might have Christmas guests coming in to town…)
I hope you try this out!
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