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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Green your clean: air fresheners

Fragrances and perfumes can cause adverse reactions (allergic reactions, asthma triggers, headaches, etc). They may not be toxic in the small quantity introduced by commercial cleaners, but the fact remains that many people are sensitive to synthetic fragrances. Given that fact, I have to assume they probably aren't that great for the rest of us (plus they don't really smell that great compared to their natural counterpart).

Personally, I get an instant headache from perfumes and some cleaners. I'd much rather smell a real lemon than lemon-scented cleaner, how about you?

Safer Substitutes

  • Remove the source of the odor
  • Simmer cloves and cinnamon in water to freshen the air, or simply open the windows.
  • Baking soda!  It can absorb smells on carpets, in garbage cans, in the refrigerator, or in the disposal.
  • Invest in some Essential Oils - they are all natural and provide a pretty potent fragrance! Use them on a cloth laid on your bathroom counter, or put a couple of drops on a light bulb (not sure how this works with CFLs - anyone know?)
  • Burn soy candles with all natural wicks (clean burning)
  • As an alternative to hot flames near children, check out Scentsy wickless candles - it melts the wax using a low voltage light bulb and the smell radiates through you house, and is long lasting! (my friend Emily just started selling these, and I am hooked!)

What are your other suggestions for natural odor removal and control in your home?


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