Angie's How To Eco-Friendly Air Fresheners

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Time: 15 Minutes

Store-bought air fresheners may contain formaldehyde and benzene (a carcinogen), which are both toxic to humans. In fact, the EPA estimates that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor, in part because of the use of cleaning products like air fresheners. Keep these toxins out of your house by making these all-natural alternatives.

1 Before you vacuum, squeeze a fresh lemon or lime into your vacuum bag.

This will freshen both the bag and the carpet.

2 For an easy air freshener, combine a few drops of vanilla, almond or...

...other extract with a cup of water, and spritz the mixture in the air with a spray bottle.

3 Simmer white vinegar on low in a small saucepan on the stove for 30-45 minutes.

As it evaporates, it will help dissipate other smells. This is a good option for particularly strong smells.

4 Don't throw away your citrus zest.

Simmer it in water with a teaspoon of cinnamon, and the aroma will spread throughout your house.

5 To tackle smells in your garbage can...

... sprinkle baking soda under your trash bag.

6 Mix one ounce of cinnamon sticks with one can whole cloves and one can allspice in a Ziploc bag.

Take one teaspoon of the mixture and mix it with one cup of water on the stove. Let the mixture simmer for a spicy potpourri.

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