Sometimes the air in my home needs a little freshening up. During temperate months, I simply open a window, but when cold weather threatens to chill my bones, I use linen or air freshening sprays.They're so handy around the home, and work well on kid and pet odors, upholstery, linens and even clothing.
That said, I try to be discerning about scented products because the EPA says that indoor air quality in the average American home is 200% – 500% more polluted than the air just outside. Febreeze, Glade and most scented candles are not your friend. Because fragrance is a significant contributor to indoor air pollution, here are my latest picks to freshen up your home.
As far as indoor air pollution and toxicity goes, the word "fragrance" is a red flag. As a rule of thumb, "fragrance" is bad, "oil" is good. So look for words like "lavender oil" or "citrus oil."
It's easy to make your own linen spray or air freshener. All it takes is water and a few drops of essential oil of your favorite fragrance. Simply reuse an empty spray bottle from a product you already own. Fill it up with the two ingredients. Give it a shake, and you're done. I like lavender and peppermint oils.
Or you can pick up one of the linen sprays and air fresheners shown above:
1. Aussan Natural Room Odor Eliminator, $6.29
2. Earth Friendly Products Uni-Fresh Air Freshener, Lavender Scent, $4.99
3. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Mist, Peppermint Harvest, $5.81
4. PureAyre Odor Eliminator For Your Home, $6.59
5. Bath Petals Room Spray, Australian Eucalyptus, $12.99
MORE AIR FRESHENERS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
• Make It: 2 Ingredient Air Freshener
• All-Natural, Effective Air Freshener Febreze Alternatives?
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