Commercial air fresheners contain harmful chemicals like phthalates, which cause birth defects and reproductive problems, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council. Making an air freshener at home allows a pleasant-smelling home without the chemicals. Not only do homemade air fresheners avoid putting harmful chemicals in the home, but you have more options. Essential oils come in dozens of scents. Mix and match scents to create a one-of-a-kind fragrance. For example, add orange and cinnamon together for a spicy, fall scent.
Things You'll Need
- Spray bottle
- Distilled water
- Rubbing alcohol
- Essential oils
Fill a spray bottle three-quarters full with the distilled water. You can buy distilled water at the grocery store, in the drinking water aisle. Purchase a spray bottle at drug or dollar stores. Spray bottles come in different colors and designs. Do not use an old spray bottle. The former contents leave residue in the spray pump.
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with the rubbing alcohol. Keep the rubbing alcohol away from children. Be careful while pouring not to get it in your eyes. Leave room at the top of the spay bottle for the essential oils.
Add 10 drops of essential oil. Depending on how strong the scent is, you may need less essential oil.
Screw the lid on tight. Shake well by turning upside down. Open the nozzle and mist an area. Do not spray around food. Shake the bottle before each use. Oil and water naturally separate if left alone.
Tips & Warnings
- Rubbing alcohol disinfects surfaces. If someone with an oxygen tank resides in the house, do not use the alcohol. Instead, fill the bottle only with distilled water.
- Rinse eyes if contaminated with rubbing alcohol. Avoid spraying alcohol around candles.
- Photo Credit Crystalwood Naturals
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