As much as we all love the unique smells of herbs, spices, veggies, meats and more, sometimes those potent fragrances can get trapped inside the house for longer than we’d like, and seep into the furniture or your clothes. Who else has had the experience of guests about to come over, and the entire place still smells like garlic, fish or curry?
In times like these, we tend to reach for artificially scented air fresheners that are laden with toxic ingredients. While they may smell good, they’re not necessarily good for you. Instead, we prefer these two simple, natural, and effective recipes that some argue work better than big name odor eliminators.
Two Mixtures That Will Make Your House Smell Good
Natural Air Freshener Recipe
- 1 spray bottle
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Baking soda is a fantastic (and necessary) ingredient because it does not just cover up bad odors. It actually absorbs them.
- 3 cups lukewarm water
- 3 tablespoons all-natural fabric softener (recipe below)
- Pour 3 tablespoons of your all-natural fabric softener into the spray bottle
- Top the spray bottle up with 3 cups of lukewarm water
- Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in with the liquids
- Seal the spray bottle and shake it well to form a mixture
- Spray the mixture throughout your house where you need it most
- When you’re done, store the bottle in a cool, dark, dry place
Now you know how to make your house smell good the natural way, here’s how to do the same with your clothes!
All-Natural Fabric Softener Recipe
- 150 to 200ml hot water
- 10g baking soda
- 800ml apple cider vinegar
- 20 drops essential oil (your choice)
- Essentials oils are amazing because they offer a pure and natural fragrance that isn’t filled with harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin, eyes, or lungs. Plus, you have the comfort of knowing all the ingredients (usually, there are 1 to 3 versus thousands not even included on the label).
- 3 liter (or larger) container
- Fill your plastic container with hot water
- Pour in all of the baking soda and apple cider vinegar
- It will bubble at first, then settle, so don’t worry
- Add in the essential oil(s) of your choice
- Stir the ingredients to together thoroughly and use an average cap-full per load
- When you’re done, store the container of homemade fabric softener in a cool, dark, dry placeWhat’s we love about this natural fabric softener is that it is personalized. From lush lavender to lovely lemon, your clothes (and home) will be smelling fantastic. You can have comfort knowing that what is touching your skin and filling your lungs is nothing but fresh, non-toxic ingredients.
More Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Great (Naturally)
- Use essential oils through a diffuser, nebulizer, one of these 50 ways to use essential oils around the house
- Have lots of teabags at home? Try making a tea infuser air freshener
- Light an incense stick at home, opt for one you can purchase at a health food store
- Throw out dollar store candles laced with strong fragrance, and make some of your own beeswax candles