How often do you use candles or air fresheners in your home? While these products can give your home a pleasant scent, they could be harming the quality of the air in the process.
The quality of the air inside of your home is important for obvious reasons. After all, we spend lots of time indoors and breathing is something we do constantly. Unfortunately, lots of things hinder our home’s indoor air quality (IAQ), rather than help it. This includes things like outdoor air pollution and cleaning detergents, but also things like hair spray and (you guessed it) air fresheners.
The majority of air freshening products contain chemicals that have been linked to numerous health issues including reproductive problems in women and developmental problems in children. Fortunately, ditching your beloved scents doesn’t mean your home has to smell unpleasant. Here are three DIY air fresheners you can make that won’t diminish your home’s IAQ.
1. Simmer Pots
Simmer pots can make your home smell like a scented candle, but without all of the unnecessary toxins. Making a simmer pot is easy and only requires a pot, water and a few ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. We recommend combining water, rosemary, lemon slices, and vanilla extract to a stockpot and let it simmer all day while you’re at home. The simmering mixture will fill your home with a wonderful scent!
2. Lemon-Basil Spray
Scented room sprays can make your home smell fresh, but they often contain harmful chemicals. This DIY lemon-basil room spray will not only leave your home smelling clean and fresh, but all of the ingredients are 100 percent natural. To make this spray, simply combine four tablespoons of dried basil, 1-tablespoon vodka, five drops of lemon essential oil and 1-½ cups of water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and let steep for 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool before adding to a spray bottle and shake to mix.
Creating your own potpourri is fun, easy and will leave your home smelling wonderful without all of the potentially hazardous chemicals. Simply gather a bouquet of flowers and tie them together with twine. Hang the flowers upside down so they can dry fully. Once they have dried, put the flowers in a container and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, letting the flower absorb the oils for a couple of days. Once the oil has been absorbed, arrange your potpourri in a jar or bowl and enjoy.
Learn More Ways to Improve Your IAQ at Climate Design
At Climate Design, we take indoor air quality seriously, which is why we offer a variety of products and services that are proven to boost IAQ. If you’d like to learn about how we can help improve the quality of the air in your home, give us a call today or schedule an appointment online.