Essential Oil Air Fresheners
After a hard day of work, walking into your house, or apartment, only to be greeted by the stale smell of last night's dinner, or the dubious odour left behind by whatever furry friend occupies your home, isn't the most pleasant "welcome home". A fresh smelling dwelling is more welcoming & makes it easier to kick your shoes off & relax.
A quick solution to life's everyday odours can be as simple as a Glade plug-inplug in, or a Febreeze air freshener. Both of these products work well when it comes to masking unsavoury smells. The problem with these synthetic odour maskers, however, is their harsh chemical make-up. These chemicals have proven to be bad for the Environment, & for our bodies.
A study, conducted in 2007, by the National Resource Defence Centre (NRDC) tested the prolonged effects of fourteen common brands of household air fresheners. The study found that most of the name brand deodorisers contained phthalates. Phthalates are more commonly used in the manufacture of plastics, & are used in air fresheners to prolong the scent. Phthalates have been proven to cause developmental issues in the human reproductive system & in infants & toddlers. For this reason, many States have banned their use in children's toys, yet manufacturers are still legally allowed to use them in other household items...we think this is a little bit backwards, but at least we're aware of it, so we can go out of our way to make healthier purchasing decisions for the good ourselves & our families.
In addition to phthalates, many store-bought air fresheners also contain traces of formaldehyde, petrochemicals, & aerosol pollutants. Ethylene-based chemicals, such as air fresheners are also a significant source of air pollution.
Essential Oils provide a safe, natural & healthy alternative to traditional air fresheners. Best of all, these DIY air fresheners are SUPER fun to make & really easy.
Using Essential Oils to Scent Your Home
Make Your Own Air Freshener Using Essential Oils
Using Essential Oils to create your own air freshener is super easy &, as you'll soon find out, it's a really fun DIY project. What's even better is that, using Essential Oils to scent your allows you to customise the scent to your liking as you are able to choose what oils you'd like to use, & the amount of Essential Oils used can alter the strength of the aroma you create.
Essential Oil Air Freshening Spray
Creating a deodorising spray with Essential Oils is probably the quickest, & easiest way to deodorise your home. To create a room spray, you will need: an empty glass bottle, water, unflavoured Vodka (you can use rubbing alcohol in place of the vodka if you'd like), & the Essential Oil(s) of your choosing.
To create your room spray, pour one cup of water into your bottle. You will need to add about two tablespoons of the Vodka or rubbing alcohol, & then the Essential Oils you've chosen. Keep in mind, some Essential Oils are stronger than others. When creating your room spray, it is best to start with just a few drops of Essential Oil. I suggest starting with roughly twenty drops. You can always add more Essential Oils as you desire. The Vodka will help bond the Essential Oil to the water & will prolong the fragrance as you spray it around the room.
Tip: If you're new to Essential Oils & unfamiliar with blending, create a small batch of the blend you want to use before adding it to the water & alcohol mixture. experiment with just a few drop of oil to determine your favourite blend & ratio. Once you've created a blend that you love, keep the ratio of drops the same as you add your blend to the water & alcohol base.
Essential Oil Reed Diffusers
For a small space, a reed diffuser is a great option. A reed diffuser continuously diffuses Essential Oils into your home & most last a long time. There are a number of reed diffusers on the market, however, many don't contain 100% natural ingredients, & making your own at home is super easy.
All you will need to make your own Essential Oil reed diffuser is: a jar, bamboo reeds, a carried oil (olive oil, sunflower oil, etc.), unflavoured vodka or rubbing alcohol, & the Essential Oils you want to use to scent your home. To create the oil for your reed diffuser, add about one-quarter cup of your carrier oil to two tablespoons of alcohol. Once you've mixed your carrier oil & alcohol base together, you can begin to add your Essential Oils. Once you have combined all of the ingredients, mix them well, pour them into the jar you have chosen, & add in the reeds.
It is important to note that the more reeds you use, the stronger the scent will be. If you find that the scent is too strong, or too weak, try removing, or adding reeds until you have the amount of fragrance you desire. Also, after a few hours, flip your reeds over. Every few days, when you notice the aroma dissipating, you will need to flip your reeds again.
Other Essential Oil Air Fresheners
Another simple way to scent your home with Essential Oils is to fill a small dish, or jar, with plain, uncooked white rice. You can then add a few drops of Essential Oil to the rice. The rice absorbs the Essential Oils & diffuses a subtle scent. Once the fragrance starts to fade, simply add a few more drops of Essential Oil. This method is great for scenting a bathroom, or you can put your Essential Oil saturated rice into a sachet, tie it shut & place it in drawers throughout your home to add a subtle scent.
To add scents to the bedroom, placing a few drops of a calming essential oil onto a piece of tissue paper & then slipping it into your pillowcase once the paper has absorbed the Essential Oil adds subtle & lovely scent for you to enjoy as you drift off to sleep. Lavender, Chamomile, & Ylang Ylang Essential Oils all have relaxing & calming properties, any combination of these oils are wonderful for the bedroom.
To keep closets & drawers smelling fresh, dabbing Essential Oils onto cotton balls & placing them in the corners of your drawers, in your closet & behind furniture is a wonderful way to add a scent. This is a great option for linen closets. As & added bonus, many Essential Oils will help to keep moths & other vermin away & stops them from damaging your fabrics or infesting your home.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - BRITTEN THOMPSON
Who is Britten? She's a reticent little beast born in the wilds of Northern Alberta to a foul-mouthed, French-Canadian father & an angry, stiff-upper-lipped mother. Britten is, almost always, wild-haired & poorly dressed. She recently left the beautiful & untamed chill of Canada for the blistering & somewhat oppressive heat of Australia. Her list of pastimes is short & includes reading, writing, petting cats, overeating & alphabetizing things. She's a fan of Windex on Facebook because who doesn't want a streak free shine? She dreams of one day writing a super-awesome novel that affords her & her partner a comfortable lifestyle, a large property, a few horses & the means with which to foster children in need...or just becoming a red panda.
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