I love having air freshener sprays in bathrooms, my car, anywhere that can use a nice scent to help things smell fresh. Sadly, most air freshener sprays on the market simply cover up odors and are full of toxic substances that are no good for our bodies and our homes.
Many air fresheners contain pthalates,—hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems. According to care2.com:
Numerous animal studies have shown exposure to phthalates decreases testosterone, causes malformations of the genitalia, and reduced sperm production. Human studies link phthalates to changes in hormones, poor semen quality, and changes in genital formation. Five phthalates, including one found in air fresheners are listed by the State of California as “known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.” Additionally, phthalates in air fresheners are associated with allergic symptoms and asthma, according to the NRDC. – source
These are not something I want to be spraying around my family or into my environment.
Opening a window is a great way to clear the air in your home or car. Sometimes, certain rooms do not have access to windows or the weather outside prohibits you from wanting to open a window. I like to make my own air fresheners for these cases!
What I love about using essential oils, is I can create homemade products using scents I enjoy using all natural, safe ingredients!!
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Here are my 10 favorite homemade air freshener recipes. Now, remember, these are just guidelines. You can use the same formula and create whatever concoction you like using your favorite oils! Do you have a favorite air freshener blend? Leave it in the comments!
- 4 ounce spray bottle
- Water (distilled is best)
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- 15-20 drops of various essential oils
- Add salt to bottle.
- Add essential oils.
- Fill with water.
- Shake and spray!
10 Favorite Homemade Air Freshener Recipes
- 10 drops Purification and 10 drops Lemon
- 7 drops Nutmeg, 5 drops Cinnamon, 7 drops Orange
- 8 drops Idaho Balsam Fir and 10 drops Lemon
- 8 drops Stress Away and 8 drops Lime
- 8 drops Peppermint and 8 drops Lemon
- 10 drops Lemon and 8 drops Rosemary
- 8 drops Lavender and 10 drops Roman Chamomile
- 10 drops Citrus Fresh and 5 drops Spearmint
- 7 drops Tea Tree, 5 drops Purification and 5 drops Lemon
- 7 drops Christmas Spirit, 8 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
What are your favorite combinations? Let us know in the comments!
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