- June 13, 2003 at 6:52 pm #236683
Homemade Air Fresheners for Household Odors
Most commercial air fresheners do not freshen the air at all.
Instead, they mask one odor with another, coat your nasal passages
with an undetectable oil film, or diminish your sense of smell with a nerve
-deadening agent. For a safer alternative, you may wish to
consider an alternative method:
Open windows or doors in the house for at least a short period every day. This
will also help to reduce toxic fumes that may be building up indoors.
Cinnamon and Cloves:
Boil these spices for a fragrant smell. For ease of cleaning, make a
cheesecloth bag to contain these spices, and boil the cheesecloth bag. An
excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider.
Buy or make your own potpourri from your favorite herbs and spices. Place the
potpourri in a small basket or jar or in small sachet bags.
Oil of Wintergreen:
Dampen cotton balls with oil of wintergreen and place out of sight but where
air will touch them.
Distribute partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room or boil 1
tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking
Place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer. Place the saucer in the
car or refrigerator to remove odors. It is renowned to remove even skunk odors.
Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children; vanilla has a high alcohol
You don’t have to use expensive vanilla extract, but do use pure
vanilla extract. I buy pure vanilla extract at the Dollar Store and it works
Place a partially filled saucer of baking soda on the refrigerator shelf.
Replace every two months and when you do, pour the contents of the used box
down the drain to remove odors and keep the drain clean. Baking soda can also
be used to deodorize bottles by filling them with undiluted baking soda and
allowing the bottles to soak overnight. Then wash as usual.
Empty the garbage frequently and clean the can as needed. To inhibit growth of
odor-producing molds and bacteria, sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the
Vinegar or Celery Stalk:
To avoid or remove onion odors from your hands, rub white vinegar on your hands
before and after slicing. Rubbing hands with the end of a celery stalk will
also remove the odor.
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