Q: Because of pregnancy-induced smell aversions, I have been practically living with a can of Febreeze Air Effects in my hand. It's the only thing I've found that actually clears the air of the dog food smells, cooking smells, the fridge, the garbage ... everything that even remotely stinks gets a spray a few times a day. But the ingredients aren't listed on the back of the can, and I can only imagine that it's not anything I should be constantly breathing in. Do you or the readers have any recipes for homemade air-freshener sprays OR good, healthy, green air-clearing sprays? I need something that effectively helps clear the air, nothing that just simply adds another smell. Would love your help!
With winter just around the corner, cold and flu season is quickly approaching. Using tech with UV light can help sanitize your home, from filtering your water to sterilizing the air. Check out a few ways to help keep your home clean and germ-free, after the jump.
The season of scented candles has begun! While Pumpkin Spice Latte and Vanilla Bean Frosting might sound scrumptious and inviting, the truth is that many scented candles are made of petroleum-based paraffin with dubious artificial scents. A better and safer alternative is to do what your grandmother did: simmer a pot of spices on your stove! Ingredients like cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange rinds, cloves, apple juice, vanilla, anise, and nutmeg will soon make your home smell like you've been baking all day.
A visit to the spa means relaxing in a room with sweet smelling mist in the air, nice music playing in the background and soft, ambient lights. Serene House's Scentilizer collection brings this experience right into your home. We were able to test out the Donut model: an air purifier and music player with an LED light display in one.
For allergy sufferers and fans of clean indoor air, filters are an essential part of life. Without the air filters in our tiny apartment spring would be even less bearable than it already is and we thank our lucky stars for their presence in our home. However as much as we love our air filters we admit that we are not awesome at knowing when to replace them. Is it the same guideline for the fan as it is for the HEPA, what about the AC?
The light from the street lamps bleeds through the blinds, washing the room in a faint yellow. We've been rolling around trying to get to sleep for an hour so there's no more cool spots left for us to find solace in. The clock mocks us with its glaring numbers. If you've ever had trouble sleeping you know our pain. And we'll wake up tomorrow less refreshed than we should be, to a jarring blast of cell phone noise that sends our heart pounding. It leaves us feeling less than great. But we've decided to end these restless bookends to our day and these solutions we've found seem to be working.
Not only are paraffin candles a petroleum industry by-product but they are loaded with dioxin and can release benzene and toluene (major carcinogens). These candles are a healthy and non-allergenic alternative, have an amazing natural fragrance and retain a classic look for many occasions. We've rounded up everything from grapeseed oil to citronella beeswax to give you plenty of options for your next candle purchase.
Entry mats are an important part of a green home because they help trap contaminants (from shoes, paws, etc.) that can be harmful to indoor air quality. While any brisk door mat might do, I love this DIY version because it's a functional and playful way to transition between indoors and out.
What's not to like about stainless steel? It looks good, doesn't absorb odors and is generally easy to clean. As we learn more about plastic, stainless steel and glass options are even more appealing, especially when considering items that come in contact with your food and drinking water. After the jump, you'll find some products that can help you enjoy safe drinking water.
The smallest rooms in a home often require the most attention to detail and the bathroom is no exception. As the epicenter of the morning hustle and bustle, a well-organized and functional space can help make your home (and life!) a bit slower.