Get Your Home to Smell Great Naturally

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Nature has much to offer when it comes to filling our home with beautiful aromas. These tried-and-true tips will leave your home smelling garden-fresh.

Natural Room Scents

Most air fresheners  on the market are created from synthetic fragrances that contain harmful chemicals. In this day and age when people are “Febreezing” their environments, it is important to use natural toxin-free products.

Opt for Mrs. Meyer’s room freshener in Geranium, Lemon Verbena, or Lavender instead. (I’m obsessed with Geranium.) I’ve found their room fresheners to be light and refreshing, but never overpowering. The product is made with essential oils, comes in a non-aerosol bottle, and is free of artificial colors, parabens, animal derived ingredients, and formaldehyde.

Fresh to Death

It may seem like a no-brainer, but simply opening the windows for a period of time every day can do your home a world of good. After a long, cold Winter, the air in your house may smell stale. Not only does fresh air smell good, but you will find that it deodorizes your place, removing any strange odors.

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Deliciously Scented Non-Toxic Candles

Healthy planted-based candles are the way to go. I’m fond of Mrs. Meyer’s vegetable wax candles. You can even reuse the jar! I have the Basil and Geranium Scents scattered throughout my Brooklyn Heights apartment. The rustic jar looks cool and the scent is delightful.

Bring Nature In

Make an herbal wreath (here’s how, step-by-step). This is a fun and easy project that will make your home’s scent seasonal. By using whatever herbs are in season, you’ll be able to have a fresh clean smell all year round.

Houseplants are awesome, natural air purifiers as they not only produce oxygen from CO2, but also absorb benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene. The following houseplants are best to filter the air according to NASA: English ivy; Spider plant; Golden pothos; Peace Lily; Chinese evergreen; Bamboo palm; Snake plant; Heartleaf phiodendron; Elephant ear philodendron; Red-edged dracaena; Cornstalk dracaena; Janet Craig dracaena; Warneck dracaena; Weeping fig; Gerbera daisy; Pot mum; Rubber plant.

If the garbage disposal is still giving off the smell of last night’s dinner, run some lemon, lime or orange peels through it to eliminate the odor.

If you love your kitty but not its litter box odor, mix tea leaves with the litter. It will help to neutralize the smell. (Our EIC, Starre, loves this trick!)

Essential Oils

To freshen up the bathroom, take a cotton swab and dip each end in an essential oil of choice. Then fasten it inside your toilet paper roll or place behind the toilet bowl.

While you’re spring cleaning, take two cotton balls and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the cotton balls and then drop in your vacuum bag to fill your environment with lovely aromatherapy scents.

 

 

About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay is Eco-Chick's Co-owner and Managing Editor. She also works for CBS EcoMedia. She writes the weekly “eco roundup” at LauraTurnerSeydel.com and has written for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, Ecover US and Gather Green. Lindsay was featured on the Veria Living Network as a “voice for the planet’s health” and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their local or global communities.

One Comment

  1. How do you know the “safe synthetic fragrance” ingredient is actually “safe”? I mean, it is synthetic, after all.

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