The holidays are in the air! The sights, the sounds, the smells...oh those smells! Some of the best smells happen during the holidays, cookies baking, turkey roasting, the smell from your Christmas tree, they are a delight to the olfactory! But some of the smells that happen...well, we need to cover them up. And when we need to cover up a bad smell, most of us reach for a bottle of air freshener. But before you spray that store-bought air freshener in your home, releasing all sorts of chemicals, some toxic in high concentrations, into the air, consider these natural, homemade air fresheners:
1. Homemade Spray Freshener
- Spray Bottle
- Rubbing Alcohol (90% alcohol or higher)
- Essential Oil (Whatever scent you like best)
Combine 1/2 Cups water with 1/2 Cup Rubbing Alcohol and 10 - 25 drops of essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent). Shake before spraying.
2. The Baking Soda Freshener
- Small jar - I use a small canning jar
- Something for the cover - I use a piece of decorative cardstock cut to fit in the ring of my canning jar, with small holes poked all over - you can also use cloth.
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil
Put 1/2 Cup baking soda in jar and add 10 - 25 drops of essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent) and mix. Put cover on and set out. The baking soda will absorb smells and the essential oils will emit a light scent. Need a boost of smell? Simply shake the jar a bit to get the extra boost of scent you need.
3. Lemon & Water
This one is so simple and effective! Simply slice a lemon and put it into a stock pot. Add water and bring to a boil. Once it's boiling you can turn the heat down to a simmer. Let it simmer for hours and soon your house will have a fresh, clean scent! Be sure to check water levels, you can always add some if you need to!
*If you add a few branches of rosemary you will have a wonderful, christmasy smell!
4. Orange Clove
This one is fun and pretty! Take your orange and stick whole cloves all over. Place in a bowl and set it near a heat source (Under a lamp is a great place!). If you do several oranges and place them together in a bowl you have a lovely holiday decoration as well!
One of the best "air fresheners" is the smell of something wonderful being baked in your oven! Need some bake-spiration? Check out some of the yummy recipes from yesterday's article, "Cookie Exchange".
There are so many natural air fresheners you could use we could go on and on. So put that bottle down and explore all the options until you find the one that tickles your nose the right way!