There’s nothing like a freshly scented room to give you a smile and lift your spirits. Knowing how to keep your most-used rooms smelling sweet and fresh is one of the keys to keeping your home feeling like new between cleanings; there is also a wide body of research connecting our favorite scents to our emotions and memories.
Unfortunately, many of the store-bought deodorizers out there are anything but environmentally friendly. Many commercial air freshening sprays use a ton of excess packaging, as well as chemical propellants that can cause respiratory irritation, among other potential dangers. It’s important to do your research whenever you invest in a new store-bought product; even some freshening sprays and mists labeled as “nontoxic” will likely have some ingredients that you’d rather avoid.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to create all natural, nontoxic DIY deodorizers at home! Here are a few tried-and-true classics to add to your routine this spring:
Step One? Bring In the Fresh Air
There’s no substitute for fresh, clean air. Whenever possible, try to open up the windows to let the fresh air — and sunlight — pour in! In fact, circulating fresh air into your home can have enormous benefits, since studies have shown that indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. There are also all sorts of simple DIY steps you can take to help everyone in your home breathe a little easier, including regularly changing out your air conditioning and furnace filters and regularly dusting your air vents and radiators.
Fresh Flowers, Blooms, Herbs, and Houseplants
Did you know that some houseplants can actually help to purify the air in your space? In any case, houseplants, fresh flowers, herbs, and blooms can help fill your favorite rooms with sweet and gentle smells, while adding some stunning visual decor to boot. Roses, geraniums, lavender, rosemary, and mint are all wonderfully fragrant choices. For air purifying plants, consider striking greens like Money Plants and palms.
We’ve sung the praises of simmer pots on this site before, because they’re an amazingly nifty, easy, and natural way to spread amazing scents throughout your entire home. A simmer pot is essentially a large pot filled with water and aromatics, which might include fresh-cut citrus, spices, and herbs. Bring this pot to a gentle simmer on the stove, and let it do its thing — just remember to keep an eye on it over time, to avoid any possible accidents.
Have you ever heard of a pomander ball? Talk about DIY! This throwback craft project involves studding a dried, cured orange with whole cloves. The end result is an all-natural deodorizer perfect for hanging in small spaces, where the chemical compounds in the cloves can help ward off unwanted pests naturally.
Essential Oil Diffusers
Why do we love essential oils? Let us count the reasons! They can be used for everything from cleaning to pest prevention — and best of all, these everyday essentials smell amazing, and are all-natural. There are many different types of diffusers perfect for filling any room with the smell of your favorite oils, including electric versions and DIY reed diffusers, which use bamboo or wood to conduct the scent into the air.
Many people think of potpourri as stuffy and outdated. But the stuff we’re talking about isn’t your grandma’s potpourri! Instead of those fussy and processed versions, modern potpourri can be put together by hand using your favorite combination of dried flowers, herbs, and essential oils, packed into an eco-friendly glass, wood, or ceramic container.
Homemade Air Freshener Mists
Rather than shelling out big bucks for a processed and overly chemical spray, make your own DIY concoction using a reusable spray bottle — one of our go-to cleaning essentials! You could whip up a spray using water, vodka or rubbing alcohol, and your favorite essential oils; white vinegar and water; or citrus peels, vodka, water, and herbs.
Homemade Deodorizing Powders
What if I told you that there was a magic powder that could magically freshen up almost any space? Now what if I told you that you probably already had this magical solution in your home right now? Baking soda is a go-to fridge and pantry deodorizer for a reason. This amazing powder soaks up unwanted smells like magic. Create a compact deodorizer by filling a small glass jar with baking soda and a few drops of essential oil and leaving the top off; you can also sprinkle this on rugs or door mats before vacuuming for a natural freshening up.
Essential Oil and Fabric Hanging Air Fresheners
You can recreate the classic hanging air freshener that you’d find in cars and trucks at home, using just a little bit of fabric such as felt, scissors, cardboard, and your favorite essential oils. Hang this in your vehicle, or in a smelly closet or pantry.
Some Store-Bought Solutions to Try
If you’ve found a truly nontoxic air freshening product that you love, we’d love to hear about it! We’ve looked into countless store-bought solutions over the years. Some of our favorites include activated charcoal, reusable USB plug-in oil diffusers, and nontoxic and zero waste candles made by ethical local companies. Let us know what we need to try by sending us an email, or connecting with our sustainability-loving community on social media.
About Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we bring old school professionalism and customer service alongside new school cleaning techniques, so you always get the best possible results for your Chicago home or business!
At SDCS, we train our cleaning crews to the highest possible standards. We’re known throughout the city and suburbs for our care, professionalism, and attention to detail. Our teams offer flexible time windows, unparalleled customer service, and our signature guarantee — if you don’t like any aspect of our service the first time, we’ll tackle your job again, no questions asked.
At the same time, we’ve got every aspect of your cleaning service covered, including bringing all of the products needed to refresh your space, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning supplies. We know that the more people we can bring together in our mission for a greener world, the better off all of us will be! So, if you ever have a question about comparing cleaning products, or making a green switch in your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch – I am always happy to talk shop! At SDCS, we are sincerely passionate about these issues, dedicated to finding real solutions, and always eager to keep the conversation going.
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