Do you know that the air inside our homes is more polluted than the air outside? Alarming, isn’t it? The inside air gets polluted usually because of the harsh chemicals emitted from our daily personal hygiene products used by us. This includes detergents, air fresheners, other cleaning products etc. So today we’re going to see DIY air freshener in the Zero Waste way!
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Toxic chemicals in the air freshener:
First, let’s look at the chemicals present in the air fresheners which are harmful to us. Even though the commercial air fresheners give us a nice scent it has more toxins. We already knew this, when there is the fragrance in the product description, it denotes the higher chance of the phthalates present in it. The phthalates can cause damage to the liver, kidney and reproductive systems.
The air fresheners include volatile organic compounds, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, m,p-xylene and more. Some of the ingredients used in the air fresheners might not be toxic at nature but when they come in contact with the environment, they combine to form secondary pollutants like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone, picric acid, and methyl vinyl ketone which are highly toxic.
Also, these chemicals will last longer on the surfaces of our home even after the scent of the air freshener has gone.
Homemade Air Fresheners – Zero waste:
I’m going to share 3 DIY Air Fresheners to clean the air inside your home along providing a good smell.
1. Camphor – The natural Air freshener:
We use camphor in the pujas. But the real reason for using the Camphor at home is to kill the germs in the environment. Not only that it gives a very good smell. Personally, I love the smell of the camphor. Do you?
So, how should we use the camphor to clean the air?
- Traditional lamp or old plate – 1
- Camphor – 3 to 4
- Well, light the camphor on a traditional lamp or old steel plate (Use the same plate whenever you’re doing this as it’ll turn your plate black).
- Try to keep this plate at the centre of the home to help the fumes to reach all the areas of your home.
2. Citrus peel Air freshener:
We all know that the oranges or lemons give a pleasant smell. So, why don’t you use as a natural air freshener?
- Orange or any citrus peels – a few
- Cinnamon – 1 to 2 pieces (If you’re using the cinnamon powder go with 2 to 3 tablespoons)
- Take the orange or any citrus peels along with the cinnamon and immerse them in the water.
- Boil this water in a low flame to make your home smell like oranges!!! You can also start with the high flame to speed up the process. And once the water started to boil you can turn it to the low flame from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to spread the enchanting smell in your home.
3. Air freshener made with essential oils – DIY Air freshener spray:
If you really want a DIY air freshener in the form of the spray bottle, here you go!
- An old spray bottle – 1
- Water – As required
- Essential oil – few drops (Lavender or any of your choice)
- Wash your spray bottle before using it to remove any residues.
- Add a few drops of the essential oil in the bottle
- Then fill the spray bottle with the water and shake it well.
Your zero waste air freshener spray is now ready. You can use this as any of the commercial room sprays. Since it’s natural and homemade try to spray from 3 to 4 times for the better smell.
Easy alternatives for the Homemade air fresheners:
Burning the camphor and DIY air freshener spray is an easy job to do, but if you’re going for the citrus peels, you’ve to be patient and stand near the stove in order not to get them burned. If you’re super lazy or tired, to do these DIY Air Fresheners, you’ve some easy options too. Yes, we all have our chores and sometimes it’s hard to find time for these activities on a daily basis. So, what are those easy alternatives to make your home smells good and clean the air?
Here you no need to do any extra work other than setting these things up!
Air purifying plants:
Air purifying plants get rid of the toxins in the air and improve air quality at a great level. You’ve to make sure that you’re feeding with the right amount of water in order to prevent the plants from insects and mosquitoes.
Some of the air purifying plants are Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Devil’s Ivy, Spider Plant etc. Each plant is specialized in discarding the specific chemicals around your home. I’ll share the list of air-purifying plants along with its specialization in my upcoming post.
Bamboo charcoal not only purifies the water but also the air. It also helps to absorb the odour from our home. Bamboo charcoal helps to get rid of the dust as well as the chemicals from the environment.
- Place a few pieces of bamboo charcoal in the muslin or cotton or any breathable cloth bag.
- Hang or place them at the corner of the houses.
- You can use them all year but to restore its goodness, place the bamboo charcoal under the sunlight once in a month.
Do Beeswax candles clean the air? The answer turns out to be yes! They tend to remove even the dust, pollens and other allergens from the air. Make sure you’re using the right beeswax candles because the normal paraffin candles can emit chemicals like benzene and other chemicals into the air. This makes the situation worse. So, always buy the best natural beeswax candles to remove the toxins from the air.
Despite the higher price, the beeswax candles last longer than the other candles. Because the beeswax has a higher melting point than the normal waxes.
The salt lamps are a great alternative for the DIY air fresheners. The salt lamps are made from Himalayan salt crystals which not only clean the air but also good for our health. It reduces asthma and raises your energy levels. The salt lamp also acts as a lamp which is another advantage!
Bonus tip to keep your cupboards fresh:
This is done by my mom. She used to keep the soap covers in between the clothes to make them smell good. Similarly, I used to keep my natural soaps at the corner of the cupboard (away from my clothes) to get its smell inside the cupboard.
So, how do you keep your home fresh and clean? Let me know in the comments!Follow me in social media: