Make Your Own Air Freshener
Air Fresheners can be quite lovely for the home, they can hide smells, or make your house smell... "fresher".
These industrial air fresheners may be adversely effecting your health
Some of these store-bought air re-fresheners contain chemicals that inhibit your sense of smell to make the product seem better. Have you ever cleaned your kid's soccer cleats with an air freshener and the next day they day they smell just as bad? The chemical inhibiting smell wore off!
Some even cause an oily film in your nose that stops you from really smelling. This oily coat creates a barrier to your receptors which seems crazy to us here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu.
Even those air-fresheners that claim to deodorize and break down toxins contain harmful chemicals that are not good to breathe in.
Conventional Air Fresheners are actually not made for smelling
In a study done in 2018, there were over 350 chemicals detected in the air after using an unnatural air freshener. Some of these included: benzene, formaldehyde, styrene, and phthalates
Here is a natural tired and true air fresheners we use in the office: The lemon basil spray !
- 1 Cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of (60% proof) rubbing alcohol or vodka
- 5-6 leaves of basil
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
The 1 cup water to 2 tablespoons of alcohol is an universal base that can be used to create any air freshener with essential oils of your choice