Let’s Breath Easier about Air Fresheners

in Air Quality,Build Green - Air,Indoor Air

The so-called air fresheners really don’t improve your home indoor air quality; instead, they release chemicals that numb your olfactory nerves or coat your nasal passages with oils.

Here are Seven Better Solutions:

  1. Invest in a HEPA air filter.
  2. Put a few drops of natural essential oils on some cotton balls and place them in a pretty bowl or hidden in a corner.
  3. Add a few house plants to literally clean your indoor air. You may recall that plants produce refreshing oxygen in exchange for carbon dioxide.
  4. Fill a plastic spray bottle 3/4′s full with distilled water, add some drops of your favorite essential oil and shake.
  5. Make an herbal sachet: take an odd sock or piece of pretty thin fabric and fill with dried herbs like lavender and sage and tuck it in a corner. When the herbs start to lose their power, compost them.
  6. Temporarily open your windows for a cross-breeze.
  7. Adapted from Real Estate Agent’s bag of tricks: Microwave an apple filled with cinnamon. The house will smell like apple pie and besides, you’ll have a healthy snack for later!

Among the chemicals in commercial air fresheners: formaldehyde, 1,4 dichlorobenzene, and petroleum distillates.

Now, what’s that you smell?

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