Have you ever thought about all those artificial fragrances that pop up in so many products that we use on a daily basis? Many of these manufactured smells literally get up your nose especially when they come in a spray can. Where have all the genuine nice smells gone?
Air sprays contain chemicals which can be harmful to those inhaling them
They are all chemical-based so they fill the air that we breathe with chemical emissions. While our bodies have a certain amount of resistance to harmful chemical and agents, too many such chemicals and repeated exposure will without doubt have an effect on us. Direct inhalation will do damage internally while contact with eyes can cause irritation.
Air fresheners contain isobutene, propane and butane - all toxic to our hearts and nervous system. Benzaldehyde found in perfume and hairspray can irritate throat, eyes, lungs, mouth, skin and cause stomach pains and kidney damage. Products with strong scents or smells contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can destroy brain cells and cause cancer. Ouch!
Next time you go to use a product, look at the contents or the description on the packaging. If it says fragrance, perfume or scent – don’t buy it.
The packaging can be breathtaking - it is the contents that are the problem
While spray cans used to be big problem and contributed to global warning with their carbon dioxide emissions, environmental laws have helped reduce that problem. But the chemicals themselves (including all those artificial smells) still remain and this is worrying.
Our lungs were made to inhale oxygen, not chemicals
Even small quantities can accumulate in our system over time.
There are many ways to reduce using these “fake smells” in our everyday lives. And if you are not worried about yourself, think about the children and even the pets in your homes. Commercial air fresheners are often effective but are only a temporary solution for common household odors. They only mask odors and work on your nasal passages and coat them with an oily scent. Some even add a nerve deadening agent so that it appears that the odor is gone when it actually lingers. Sounds bad doesn't it?
How to get rid of odors naturally
Ventilation is the best and really the most effective method to get rid of odors and its free! If you open windows and leave doors open for even a short amount of time daily, you will be sure to reap the rewards of an odor free home.
And there are more ways too:
- Vinegar is a safe and environmentally friendly air freshener and most effective in killing those stubborn cooking odors. Just boil one tablespoon of vinegar with a cup of water, partially fill small containers of this solution and place them in corners of each room. Completely safe even if children or pets drink it and it won’t taste nice!
- Potpourri is another option for keeping a home smelling fresh and good. You can even make your own if you have the time and the energy.
- A very simple solution is to place saucers of vanilla-soaked cotton balls over a furnace or air conditioning vents, allowing the smell of the vanilla to remove odors.
- Mix a quarter cup of baking soda with water in a spray bottle, add some vanilla extract, shake well and spray. The baking soda absorbs the odor and the vanilla smells great.
- Essential oils, which are so great for treating so many ailments and conditions the natural and healthy way these days, can also be used for getting rid of smells.
Choose a combination of up to 3 types of essential oils to total 20 drops. The oils will even purify the air during illness helping sp prevent the spread of infection or disease. Remember that the best deodorizing oils are – Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Pine and Rosemary and the best purifying oils are – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, and Tea Tree. Combine your 20 drops with 200 ml of pure water in a glass spray bottle, shaking thoroughly before each spray to dispense the oils.
Here are some suggested essential oils combinations
- 12 drops Lemon with 8 drops of Eucalyptus to mask cooking smells.
- 6 drops Rosemary, 8 drops Lemon and 6 drops Lavender for the bathroom or lavatory.
- As an insect repellent – 6 drops Basil, 8 drops Lavender, 6 drops Peppermint.
- To remove cigarette smoke – 10 drops Peppermint, 10 drops Lime.
Why spend dollars on commercially produced aerosols packed full of chemicals and synthetic fragrances, not to mention damaging the protective ozone layer, when you can easily make up your own safe and effective air fresheners.
You just need to get into the habit.