Air Freshening Alternatives

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Air Freshening Alternatives

ByOnMay 31, 2014 · InTo Your Health

 

Did you know that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) most store-bought air fresheners contain formaldehyde, petrochemicals, p-dichlorobenzene and aerosol pollutants. There seems to be some kind of connection between air fresheners and Asthma problems. It is also thought that air fresheners containing these chemicals can accelerate respiratory diseases and reduce lung capacity. The EPA has not advised against purchasing these air fresheners, but suggests using them with care. If you have concerns about the health risks associated with these products, why not try a natural air freshening alternative.

If you have a musty basement or smelly closet, a tray of natural clay cat litter may be helpful. The main ingredient in cat litter is a natural occurring mineral that absorbs odors and moisture from the air. If you prefer an alternative to cat litter, try diatomaceous earth which you can purchase at a garden supply store. Place it in a bowl or other open container in foul smelling areas. Placing fresh or used (dried) coffee grounds in a bowl or stocking will help to cut the odor of winter mustiness.

Fill your home with subtle scents and refresh the air by simmering some sweet smelling ingredients in a little water on your stove. Try to keep your supply list simple and use items found at the grocery store or even in the yard. Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges make very fragrant scented waters. Herbs such as rosemary and thyme are good choices as well. Pine or cedar twigs and needles collected from the yard will give off a fresh, natural fragrance. Almond and vanilla extract and spices like cinnamon and cloves when simmered together add a wonderful fragrance to the air without the dangerous chemicals.

 
        
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Jeff Fisher
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Great blog that I needed today! I have a house listed with some weird smells and I'll try some of these natural alternatives to freshen up the place a little bit today! 

May 31, 2014 11:22 PM #1
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Terri Poehler
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Pat, this is a good piece. I have a listing that needs this.

May 31, 2014 11:23 PM #2
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Pat Laracy Baker
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Great Jeff, Glad it was timely.

May 31, 2014 11:25 PM #3
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Terri, good luch with your listing and glad the suggestions will help.

May 31, 2014 11:25 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Personally, I like vanilla and almond. I also like coffee beans as a fragrance.

Jun 01, 2014 01:33 AM #5
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Debbie Reynolds
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Patricia, I like these more natrual way to rid the rooms of odors rather than mask them. Tahnks for posting.

Jun 01, 2014 08:35 AM #6
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Pat Laracy Baker
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Yes me too Debbie. You are right.

 

Jun 01, 2014 11:33 AM #7
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Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
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These are great tips Pat. There are a lot of people who bad reactions to artificial air fresheners. It's nice to know there are alternatives.  

Jun 01, 2014 10:03 PM #8
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     Fragrances are great, but I encourage people to find the source of the odor.  If it can be cleaned or eliminated, do that first.  Then bring in the lemons, the almonds, and the vanilla extract.

Jun 02, 2014 11:45 AM #9
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Fred, thank you that is great adviced.  You are right. Love those scents.

Jun 02, 2014 09:03 PM #10
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Pat Laracy Baker
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Thank you Suzanne  I know I react to the artificial air fresheners. 

Jun 02, 2014 09:04 PM #11
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