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03/19/2010

Make your Own Natural Air Fresheners

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Houseplant By Erin Marquis

There are clean and green ways to do everything from clean your carpets to wash your car, but what about the air in your home? For the environmentalist using traditional air fresheners it can feel like undoing all the good you had done by spraying chemicals into the air. Here are some natural ways to freshen the air in your home without the toxic cloud.

1. Put bowls of baking soda or vinegar at key spots around your home. The baking soda with react with the air in your home just like it does in your refridgerator!

2. Simmer your own air freshener on the stove. Just about anything aromatic works here—try lemons, mint, cloves, or cinnamon sticks. Place in a small pan and cover with water; turn heat on low. Check them every so often so they don’t boil dry.
  
3. Make a natural air freshener spray. Simply combine about a half cup of water with 30 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oils. Place in a spray bottle and use as desired. Be sure to shake well before using.
  
4. Add some greenery. Plants are a great way to freshen the air—their leaves, roots and even the microbes in the soil help purify the air as they take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Plants to try include several palms, like Areca, Lady, Dwarf Date, and Bamboo, as well as Rubber Plant, Dracaena, English ivy, Boston fern, and Spider Plant.

5. Hang dried herbs or flowers. Many herbs and flowers stay fragrent long after they've dried. Make a bouquet of dried roses and sage for a great natural scent.

6. Burn some candles. Preferablly organic beeswax candles so that you don't end up adding chemicals to the air anyway. A few drops of organic essential oil to the liquid beeswax will fill your home with a wonderful scent as it burns.

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