How to Naturally Scent Your Home
Whether itâ€™s the stuffiness of closed windows during inclement weather or the heat of summer driving you to use your air conditioner, your indoor air can get pretty stale and smelly. Youâ€™d prefer a home that smells pleasant and inviting. For many of us, a pleasantly scented home is difficult to achieve if you are living a toxin-free life â€“ and it may even have consequences. Whatâ€™s in that Bottle of Air Freshener? If you suffer from allergies, you know you need to avoid these choices to make your home smell nice. But is there a real danger to use scented products in our home? Cleaning products, air fresheners and fabric sprays that have scents can actually make the air more toxic. A study by NRDC has found the following items in air fresheners: â€¢ Phthalates, which are carcinogenic and can act as endocrine disruptors; â€¢ A VOC called 1,4 dichlorobenzene which can be harmful to the lungs; â€¢ Formaldehyde, which is listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a carcinogen. Scary stuff you donâ€™t want around your children! Other unhealthy solutions people turn are fabric deodorizers, such as Febreze. EWGâ€™s Healthy Cleaning Guide reviewed 40 such products. More than 50% of them scored a D or F, with only 3 products getting an â€œAâ€ for safety. And most scented candles are no better. According to Keeper of the Home, in addition to artificial dyes and scents, candles can release harmful chemicals when burned, including lead (yes, lead!), benzene, toluene, and a whole host of toxins which can be carcinogenic or at the least, trigger allergic reactions You should also know that any candle that contains paraffin may release toxins, including â€œhealthyâ€ soy candles. How Naturally Scent Your Home, the Safe Way Now that you know what not to do, here are some steps you can take to safely and naturally scent your home at any time of year: 1. Get rid of stale air. â€¢ You can take some of the same steps as you would to prevent allergies: use a high quality air filter and carefully vent the air in your home by opening windows when you can. â€¢ Make sure your oven ventilation system is properly working or use fans if you are cooking something that leaves a heavy smell in the air, such as frying bacon. â€¢ Have the air ducts in your home professionally cleaned regularly to ensure that the air is flowing properly. â€¢ Use plants to keep your air fresh and full of pure oxygen. â€¢ Use beeswax candles to naturally detox the air. â€¢ Here are 7 more tips to detox your indoor air. 2. Eliminate unnaturally scented chemicals and toxins. â€¢ Throw out everything with a fragrance, including conventional air fresheners and paraffin candles, cleaning products that are scented or use strong chemicals like ammonia. Remember that you will be doing a favor for any guests you entertain who are allergic to these chemicals! â€¢ Use organic or homemade cleaning products and deep clean areas that are rarely touched, such as basements, attics or hard-to-reach spaces in living areas. Check out The Soft Landingâ€™s Green Cleaning Guide to make safe choices. â€¢ Use HEPA filtered machines when vacuuming. â€¢ Check out these tips for how to remove odors from used electronics. 3. Scent your home with healthy, natural options. â€¢ Use essential oils in a diffuser. Essential oils are not only one of the safest ways to keep a home fragrant, you can choose oils that have a positive effect on your mood, like calming lavender â€“ one of my daughterâ€™s favorite! â€¢ Strategically place Himalayan salt lamps. According to Wellness Mama, these wonders clean the air, reduce allergies and can improve mood. Theyâ€™re also pretty and unique bit of decor, too. I think my daughter would get a blast from having one in her bedroom! â€¢ Julie Blanner has some amazing tips for creating homemade potpourri so you can scent your home with dried produce. I love this idea because you can use seasonal produce and scents! Of course, you can also make sure your house regularly smells nice by cooking mild food on a daily basis â€“ but that might be a challenge for busy moms! What techniques do you use to keep your home fresh and smelling nice without all the toxins?
Pet Sensory Offender #2: Intense Odors
A catâ€™s sense of smell is estimated to be about 14 times more sensitive than ours. But thatâ€™s nothing compared with a dogâ€™s powerful sniffer, which is thought to be 1,000 to one million times more powerful than a human nose. So there are plenty of aromas that could easily turn a dog or cat’s tummy or tempt their taste buds â€” but we wouldn’t even notice them. Some potential sources of offensive (and often stressful) smells include cigarettes, carpet fresheners, cleaning agents and disinfectants, potpourri, hair spray and perfumes, scented litter and a host of air fresheners. So instead of masking an unpleasant odor, try to remove the source of the foul smell. I know that’s easier said than done, but a tiny trace to us is like an elephant-sized funk to some animals. Iâ€™m so sensitive about this that I even train my staff not to wear perfumes or scented deodorants to avoid upsetting my pet patients. Seriously.
Fresh air and bamboo charcoal
Asian countries have been using bamboo charcoal for thousands of years to purify both air and water. Itâ€™s also used as medicine to remove poisons from the body, even today. This material is so porous, that just a single gram has a 600-square-feet surface area. Due to the incredibly porous nature of bamboo charcoal, people often call it a super natural material. Here are the 5 super powers you need to know. #1 â€“ Air Purification As air flows through bamboo charcoal, the pores and cavities of the material trap odor molecules that cause unpleasant smells. You can think of it as a big sponge that sucks in and traps odor. While the effect isnâ€™t instant, bamboo charcoal lasts more than 365 days and does not release harmful chemicals into the environment. Instead of using artificial scent to cover up unpleasant odor like common air fresheners do, it removes the odor itself. Bamboo charcoal is especially helpful for people with allergies and asthma, because itâ€™s scent and allergen free. Being natural and non-toxic mean itâ€™s also great with kids and pets. In addition to eliminating odor, bamboo charcoal will improve air quality by trapping air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, ammonia, and benzopyrene.
How to choose a air freshener
Air freshener has been really popular lately, especially when a lot of people are trying to look for ways to remove bad odor inside their house. Usually, air fresheners are only used for cars, especially on public utility vehicles, but they suddenly became popular for other areas. It is true that choosing an air freshener is very simple compared to other products, but it doesnâ€™t mean that you can just buy anything you want. If you do not have any idea how to choose a home air freshener, you will surely have a hard time finding the best one. When searching for air fresheners, below are some of the top tips that you can follow if you donâ€™t want to make a mistake. Properly Choose the Fragrances Well, we all know that air fresheners come with different flavors and fragrances and this is something that you need to consider carefully. Some people do not really like fruity flavors and there are some who wanted something that will simply cover the odor. Try to choose based on your preference, especially if you are using it at home or in your car because you will be the one who will smell the fragrance. You need to choose wisely because there is no reason to buy the air fresheners if you donâ€™t like the smell. Versatility of the Car Air Freshener Try to find some air fresheners that can be placed or positioned on various places. It means that you can either hang them or stick them anywhere you want. This will definitely be a big help if you are trying to save money because you donâ€™t have to buy multiple air fresheners for different settings. You can easily find some of the best car air fresheners on the market today that can be used on different settings. How Long Does your Air Freshener Lasts? Most of the products on the market nowadays only last for a couple of weeks so you need to pay attention to this. Try to find a good car air freshener that will definitely last for 60 days. This is the best possible air freshener that you can buy. You do not have to buy over and over again so you will surely save a lot of money in the long run.