If you’re using store-bought aerosol fresheners at home, you’re likely spraying two toxic chemicals in the air: benzene and formaldehyde. By making your own air fresheners, you’ll avoid these harmful chemicals and the health problems that can come along with them.
Spicy potpourri. In a Ziploc bag, mix one ounce of cinnamon sticks, a small container of whole cloves and a small container of allspice. Give the bag a good shake! Take one teaspoon of the spice blend and mix it with one cup of water. Pour the blend into a saucepan on your stove, bring to a boil, and then let it simmer to create a potpourri with some kick!
Vanilla spritzer. Combine a few drops of vanilla extract with a cup of water. Add this mixture to a spray bottle. Use this all-purpose air freshener anywhere in the house to dispel funky odors. Tip: Spray this in your empty vacuum bags – it will freshen up your carpet while you work!
Classic vinegar If you have an entire room that just reeks, fill a small bowl with vinegar and place it in the middle of the room. The vinegar will absorb pretty much any stench.
Apple and ginger. Gather sliced ginger, lemon juice and a big handful of apple peels. Add your ingredients together in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the concoction to a boil on your stovetop. Then, turn down the heat and let the mixture boil until the water has evaporated. (This is a great seasonal choice for fall and winter!)