Aerosol sprays might improve the way your home smells, but they also release harmful chemicals into the air, and many contain phthalates, which can damage human organs. If you want to make your home smell better without introducing those harmful substances, try these four alternatives.
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If you want to improve indoor air quality, consider filling your home with greenery. Houseplants naturally make your home smell better by releasing pleasant odors and absorbing unpleasant smells. Some houseplants offer more odor-management properties than others. You might focus on fragrant flowers, for instance, if you want your home to smell like a bouquet.
Homeowners with black thumbs can try succulents first. They’re among the easiest houseplants to manage, and they absorb odors through their leaves. Sustainable plants, such as bamboo, can also make a nice addition to your home. They grow quickly, and you can always harvest the stalks for crafts if you enjoy DIY projects.
Consider drying herbs in your bathroom or closet, crushing the flowers and stems, and mixing them together in a dish or vase. This homemade potpourri will help combat odors, from furniture off-gassing to pet accidents, and the dried herbs last longer than fresh ones. You might also make a few jars of the potpourri to give as handmade gifts to friends and loved ones during the holidays.
If you don’t have time to dry herbs for potpourri, grab a few leaves and flowers from your own garden, then lace them with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. It looks like the real thing and works great in a pinch, especially if you’re expecting company.
Natural Cleaning Solutions With Essential Oils
Speaking of essential oils, your cleaning supplies can help prevent your home from holding onto unpleasant odors. Make your own cleaning agents with baking soda, vinegar, and other natural ingredients, then add a few drops of essential oil to the spray bottle or container for a subtle scent.
With homemade cleaning products, you avoid the chemicals associated with store-bought cleaning supplies. Plus, those products often leave your home smelling sterile; your own concoction will create the perfect homey aroma.
Homemade Soy Candles
Store-bought candles don’t always contain wholesome ingredients, and some of them have smells that overpower the senses. If you make your own soy candles, you’ll use more natural ingredients and control the amount of scent each candle gives off. Use essential oils to create the perfect blend of scents, then wait for your candles to harden. You can light them during a romantic dinner with your spouse or while you’re sitting in the bath with a good book. If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, consider repurposing old jars and cans for this project.
Aerosol air fresheners aren’t your only option when you want your home to smell pleasant, and avoiding them will help the environment. These four alternatives offer natural ways to get rid of unpleasant odors while maintaining your family’s health and improving indoor air quality.