Chemical filled plug-ins, toxic air freshener sprays and candles filled with paraffin are just some of the ways people try to give their home a beautiful aroma – but in reality these store bought products are merely contributing to the toxic load present in our homes.
However, there are ways to make your home smell amazing by making your own all natural, cheap, wonderfully scented products, such as reed diffusers, air freshening sprays, candles, potpourri and so much more.
This blog post reveals seven fantastic ideas you can make for yourself at home. Plus many of these ideas would make great gifts for your loved ones!
Make Your Own Jelly Air Fresheners
Scatter these jelly air fresheners around your home and they will gently release their aroma without the toxic chemicals of store bought. The best thing is you can customize the scents simply by substituting different essential oils. Try lavender in spring and vanilla in winter.
Find out how to make these jelly air fresheners here.
Make Your Own Reed Diffuser
Reed diffusers gently perfume the air but they can also be incredibly expensive and often not made with natural ingredients. They are so easy to make using just a few ingredients and a few dollars. Here’s how…
– a reed diffuser bottle (such as this one)
– essential oils (e.g. lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus)
– reeds or bamboo skewers (such as these)
– Fill the reed diffuser bottle with water, add a few tablespoons of vodka and an essential oil of your choice. Use the ration of 12 drops of essential oil per 1/4 cup of water. Mix the ingredients together.
– Place one end of the reeds into the solution, allow to soak and then reverse the reeds so the opposite end is submerged. You’ll need to rotate the reeds weekly.
Make Your Own Herbal Incense
Incense is another product with harmful additives and toxins that you wouldn’t expect. Luckily you can make your own herbal incense at home and it’s surprisingly easy.
Click here to watch the video tutorial revealing how to make your own incense at home.
Make Your Own Scented Candles
Many store bought candles contain paraffin which releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned, they may also have lead cores in the wick which releases harmful amounts of lead, and they often contain artificial scents which can be irritants or trigger allergic reactions.
As always, you can make your own natural alternatives at home and making your own candles is incredibly simple.
Click here for a fantastic tutorial for making your own Lemon-Lavender Aromatherapy Candle using just a few ingredients.
Make Your Own Natural Room Scents
These stunningly beautiful natural room scents can be simmered on the stove to add a beautiful fragrance to your home using only cheap and natural ingredients. Add fruits, herbs, spices and extracts to water and gently simmer for a slow release of beautiful aroma.
Take a look here for five different scents you can make at home, such as oranges, cinnamon and cloves or lemon, rosemary and vanilla.
Make Your Own Potpourri
Making your own dried potpourri is a fun DIY project that also makes your home smell amazing. You can customize the fragrances with all sorts of different scents by using dried fruit, herbs, spices and essential oils.
Click here for 12 wonderful DIY dried potpourri recipes – just scroll down a little for the recipes.
Make Your Own Deodorizing Spray (Or Febreze)
Febreze is supposed to freshen up your home and fabrics – but it’s packed full of toxic chemicals that are dangerous to our health. Plus it can be outrageously expensive.
It is so simple to make that you’ll never have to buy it again.
– a spray bottle (such as this one)
– distilled water
– one teaspoon of baking soda
– 12 drops of essential oil – such as lavender, eucalyptus
– Add the baking soda to a bowl, add the essential oil and mix.
– Using a funnel, pour the baking soda into the spray bottle and top up with distilled water.
– Shake and spray!