Breathe Easy

by Penny Lynch

Nothing beats the power of a fresh, clean scent, and while commercial air fresheners promise a quick fix, they often contain chemicals and artificial fragrances that are harmful to your health and to the environment. The safer and more eco-friendly alternatives are homemade natural air fresheners infused with essential oils. 

The Disadvantages of Commercial Air Fresheners 

Many commercial air fresheners claim to eliminate odours and provide a long-lasting fragrance. However, these products often contain a cocktail of synthetic chemicals, including phthalates, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals have adverse effects on indoor air quality and may trigger allergies, respiratory problems, and other health issues. Their negative impact on the environment can also be significant, from manufacturing to disposal. 

The Advantages of Homemade Natural Air Fresheners 

Homemade natural air fresheners offer several advantages over their commercial counterparts: 

Non-Toxic Ingredients: DIY air fresheners are made from non-toxic and environmentally friendly ingredients, making them safer for your family and your pets. 

Scents can be customised: You have the freedom to create unique scents that are tailored to your preferences. Essential oils come in a wide range of fragrances, from calming lavender to invigorating citrus. 

Health Benefits: Many essential oils have therapeutic properties. For example, lavender and eucalyptus oils can promote relaxation and clear the air of microbes. 

Cost-Effective: Making your own air fresheners is cost-effective. A few drops of essential oil can go a long way, making each batch budget friendly. 

Natural Air Freshener Recipes 

Mixing Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before each use. 

Citrus Burst 

Ingredients: 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons vodka (acts as a preservative), 10 drops lemon essential oil, 5 drops sweet orange essential oil, 5 drops grapefruit essential oil. Spritz this invigorating citrus blend around your home to uplift your spirits. 

Lavender Fields 

Ingredients: ½ cup distilled water, ½ cup witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, 15-20 drops lavender essential oil. Spritz this calming scent in your bedroom or on linens for a peaceful night’s sleep. 

Woody Delight 

Ingredients: 1 cup water, ¼ cup white vinegar, 10 drops cedarwood essential oil, 5 drops pine essential oil, 5 drops juniper berry essential oil. Use this earthy blend to create a cozy ambiance in your living room. 

Tips for Using DIY Air Fresheners 

  • Store your homemade air fresheners in dark glass or PET plastic bottles to preserve the potency of the essential oils.
  • Label your bottles with the ingredients and date of creation for easy identification. 
  • Test a small area before using on fabrics or furniture to ensure the essential oils won’t stain or damage the surface. 

The Natural Life Shop in Cranleigh has a great selection of good quality essential oils.

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