Most people overlook the fact that many home fragrances are made with chemicals that are simply not good for us. This can be especially true for children, asthma sufferers and our pets.
The main reason we are not aware of this is on account of manufacturers not actually listing ingredients on the packaging. You have to go to the manufacturer’s website and try to find the list of ingredients yourself?!!!
If you are concerned about chemicals used in air fresheners you might want to think about switching to natural fragrances. Apart from being therapeutic and relaxing this will probably save you money as well!
There are many quick and easy ways to scent your home and with that in mind let’s have a look at some of our favourites.
Essential Oils and Pine Cones
If you’re lucky enough to live near woods, go scavenging for some pine cones. Clean these at home and place in a bowl or basket. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to the pine cones; once the scents fade you can add a few more. Simple, cheap and very effective!
Cinnamon, Cloves and Oranges in Water
Place a pan of water on your oven add orange slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Heat gently with the lid off, after a while turn off the heat and leave for the scent to disperse around your home. This smells absolutely wonderful; you can also switch the ingredients for different scents. We also love lemon and fresh mint.
Essential Oil Room Spray
A simple and effective room spray that can be sprayed into the air on carpets or fabric.
All you need is:
- Spray Bottle
- 4-5 drops of essential oil
You can use any essential oil that you love or you can add a mixture of essential oils to make this truly your own scent. You could also add our happiness blend, which is a mixture of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit and smells divine.
Nifty Toilet Paper Diffuser
Add a few drops of essential oil to the inside of a toilet roll cardboard tube to scent and refresh your bathroom or WC. Citrus fragrances work especially well try lemon or grapefruit for fresh crisp aroma.
Add a few drops of essential oil to uncooked rice, place in a decorative dish or open-topped jar.
You can also add this to a fabric gift bag (or a clean sock!) and place in drawers or wardrobes for a lovely refreshing scent.
Make sure pets and children can’t access easily in case they try to eat this!
Homemade Twig Diffuser
Make your own environmentally friendly twig diffuser using only a few simple ingredients.
- Clean glass jar preferably with a narrow top
- 60 ml of warm tap water
- 20 to 30 drops of essential oil of your choice.
- A handful of peeled and dried twigs
Instead of water, you can also use sweet almond oil or a mixture of water and cheap vodka!
Here’s how to make this;
- Pour 60ml of warm tap water into your glass jar
- Add your essential oils
- Add your dried twigs.
- After a few hours remove dried twigs and place in upside down to help the oils travel up the twigs.
Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy!