Frugal Living: 5 Homemade Air Fresheners
Check out ThriftyFun.com for some simple air fresheners without harsh chemicals and easy on the wallet. Who doesn't want their home to smell good? I am a big fan of yummy smelly stuff so this one is a must for me!
- 1/4 cups baking soda
- 4 cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons ammonia
- 1 teaspoon scent of your choice (Example: lemon extract, vanilla extract, almond extract, pine oil or eucalyptus oil)
Would you like to save money on expensive air fresheners that only cover the odors not neutralize them? Get a spray bottle and fill it half with vinegar and half with water and spray away the smoke filled rooms and the odors.
Homemade Magical Air Freshener and De-wrinkler Spray
Of the many different recipes for homemade fabric/air freshener I have tried in the past, this is what I have come up with as my own recipe. I don't use very much fabric softener because most commercial grade fabric softeners (Bounce, Snuggle, Downy, etc.) contain chemicals that have been found to cause cancer, nervous system disorders, and brain damage, as well as reduce the effectiveness of flame resistant materials. So, be safe and avoid exposure to harmful chemicals when possible.
- One 16oz fine mist sprayer (an old Febreeze/Downy Wrinkle Releaser bottle will do)
- 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar (cheap and available at grocery store)
- 2 Tablespoons of your favorite fabric softener (preferably a natural/organic softener which can be hard to find locally, but can be ordered online)
- 6 to 10 drops of your favorite essential/scented oil (you can also use any scented extract available such as vanilla or almond) You can purchase this at Hobby Lobby and use your 40% off coupon.
- Fill the remainder of the 16 oz. container with distilled water (cheap and available at grocery store. You could also boil some tap water and let it cool a bit before handling, but please don't use impure water straight from the tap.)
- Shake and spray to "eliminate" undesirable odors or release wrinkles.
Winter is coming and with that the windows and doors will be closed up tight and odors trapped inside. Here are some ideas to sweeten the smell of your home without harmful chemicals.
Place a small sprinkling of ground cinnamon or ground clove on an electric stove burner and turn on the heat to the very lowest setting possible.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a small piece of tinfoil, turn up the edges and pour a teaspoon of vanilla on top and place the foil in the oven. Turn off oven and prop the door open a bit.
Place 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla or vanilla extract in small cups or bowls around the home.
Mix small amounts of lemon juice or vinegar and baking soda together and place in small cups or bowls around the home.
To abolish cooking odors simmer 1 tablespoon vinegar with one cup of water in a small pan.
Simmer your favorite spices, citrus rinds or fresh pine needles in a small pan of water on the stove. Experiment by mixing and matching. Also, instead of throwing out stale dated apple, cranberry or orange juice, just simmer in a small pan on the stove. Be sure to set a timer to remind you that it's time to add more water!
In a spray bottle, add several drops of your favorite essential oil to water. Shake to mix and mist the air.
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a cotton ball and place around the home.
Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil on a light bulb. Be sure to only do this on a bulb that is turned of and is cool! Once you turn on the light on the heat from the bulb will slowly release the essential oil in the air.
Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil inside your cardboard toilet paper roll and the scent will be released every time someone removes toilet paper. Place springs of fresh eucalyptus around your home. And don't forget fresh flowers ;-)