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How to Freshen Your Home without Chemicals

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Written by Ashes   



flowers Intro: Have you ever walked into someone’s house and it smells like pure heaven, but you just can’t figure out how they do it? I can’t help but wonder if they are using plug-in air fresheners, aerosol spray cans and other ozone killers. I can help you have a fresh home without having to worry about any caustic chemicals.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need:

  • Essential oil
  • Flowers
  • Charcoals
  • Sachets
  • Candles
  • Coffee grounds

Step 1:

Essential oils can be used to make your room smell nice. Put a drop of oil on each fan blade (on a box fan or ceiling fan) for a constant burst of fragrance. Put a few drops of oil into a spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with water. Spray around the room as an air freshener or directly onto soft furniture. Use an oil burner lit with a tea light candle to fill your whole house with beautiful scents. Put 2 drops of essential oil into your toilet paper tube for a refreshing new spin on TP.

Step 2:

Charcoals are a wonderful way to transmit aroma throughout the whole house. Light the charcoal with a long lighter until it is nice and hot, then put a couple drops of essential oil onto it. You can also use dried flowers and herbs in place of oil.

Step 3:

Incense sticks smell nice but can be messy, so you will also need an incense holder. Light the tip of the incense until you have a big flame and then blow it out. The smoke will fill up the room with a nice smell, but can be more effective when placed in front of a fan to spread throughout the room.

Step 4:

If you drink coffee, save your used coffee grounds and put into a bowl, filter and all. Place the bowl under a couch or somewhere inconspicuous to absorb any bad smells that may be lurking in your house. Clean the bowl and replace the coffee grounds a few times a week.

Step 5:

Candles are a lovely way to freshen a room, but be sure to buy one that is all natural or else you will be burning chemicals and spreading them through your home. If you acquire a lot of candles that become too small to burn, condense them into one big jar, add a wick and make a multi-scent, beautiful and unique candle.

Step 6:

Fresh flowers placed in pots on dressers and tables can bring fragrance to any room. Make sure that you use plants that haven’t been cut from their roots for a long lasting smell without killing flowers and having to replace them. I highly recommend Hyacinth as an attractive, heavily-perfumed flower. It is one of the most fragrant flowers I’ve ever smelled.

Step 7:

Dried flowers like Hyacinth, or mint leaves make for great sachets to put into dresser drawers. You can also put dried flowers into a bowl for a homemade potpourri.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative, try out many options until you find one that makes your house smell wonderful
  • The cleaner your house is, the better it will smell (with or without fresheners)
  • Use caution when using charcoal, oil burners, incense or any open flames
  • Use caution when using oil on furniture





Comments (2)add comment

paul said:

paul
...
Using non-chemical cleaners to freshen up a home is a great idea and it helps protect the environment.
 
June 24, 2009
Votes: +0

Carl Benjamin said:

Carl Benjamin
...
All of these are very good tips to freshen up a home.
 
February 26, 2012
Votes: +1

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