Mrs. Fixit: Natural Air Fresheners

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May 26, 2011 12:59:07 AM PDT
We all want a house that smells fresh and clean, but if you don't want to use chemical air fresheners, I have some natural alternatives.

Essential oils are the natural oils extracted from various plants. Their scents have known mood enhancing effects. Rosemary and lavendar are calming, lemon and peppermint invigorating.

To use these oils in your home you can buy a reed diffuser or try making your own. Pour some essential oil into a pretty jar or vase. Place three or four bamboo skewers in the jar and you've got a homemade reed diffuser to freshen your home.

Be careful not to place the diffuser on wooden furniture or within the reach of children. It's not safe to touch or drink, and if it's spilled on wood furniture it can strip the finish.

Another take on natural air fresheners, fill a saucepan about half way with water, add some cinnamon,organes and some lemons.

Bring the mixture to a slow simmer on the stovetop and let it steep there in the simmeriing water for several hours.

Not only will this release a wonderful fresh scent into the house, but if the air in your home is dry the slow simmer will add much needed moisture into the air to help the air quality in your home as well as the freshness.

I hope you'll try these ideas to freshen your home naturally! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.