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Eco-Friendly Air Freshener Solutions

Most air fresheners today are not really ones that obliterate odors, but mostly ones that work on masking them. They work that way and fool the brain into thinking the smell has evaporated, but in the end the bacteria that causes it often remains behind. Antibacterial air fresheners of course exist, but they are often limited to hospitals in many cases. There are also quite a few chemicals present in most commercial air fresheners out there and aerosols that happen to be either triggers for allergies or sometimes just downright hazardous when inhaled. Phenol, petroleum distillates, formaldehyde, butanoic acid, methylformamide, polyacrilic and nitro musks and a lot more can be a cause for skin irritation, carcinogenic influence, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine gland disruption and worse. The air freshener industry nowadays uses thousands of synthetic chemical ingredients that are there to stabilize products, increasing their shelf life and boosting profits across the board by lowering production costs and ensuring effective results biased for said increased profits. While this is understandable from a business point of view, the health issues that may occur in such cases give rise to the need to find alternatives in many cases. The rarely recyclable materials used for packaging of these products, mostly spray cans and plastic bottles end up in your local landfills each year. The automatic air fresheners on the market work even when they don’t really have to. Depending on their chemicals this may quickly become an irritant for more sensitive people. Thankfully, there are plenty of solutions and a lot of companies are looking forward to green ways they can improve their products, as well as the time-tested recipes for homemade alternatives:

  • Opening windows can really improve the air quality in a home and fast, something a lot of people tend to forget due to air conditioning being so prevalent in most modern homes. Never underestimate how welcoming a breath of fresh air may be when the place feels stuffy even with the AC on.

  • Using a tablespoon of salt with about half an orange or a lemon can temporarily bring a fresh citron smell in a room. You don’t have to waste the orange, you can even use a scooped out one instead.

  • Vanilla extract placed in small containers around your home can also really brighten up the mood without chemicals and aerosols.

  • Make a potpourri of roses, lavender or some other scented flower or plant you have around your garden and bring the floral scent in your rooms safely. It can’t be used all the time, but it is an excellent natural solution to the issue.

  • You can also make use of baking soda to remove acidic odors from your home, simply sprinkling it over the area that needs the scent gone and then vacuuming it.

  • You should always remember to treat the cause of the scent instead of the symptoms, such as pet bedding creating a really unpleasant stink. Cleaning it may not be a great option, but it would work if you leave it in the sun once in a while. The same goes for floor cleaning, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and many other aspects of home cleaning in general.

Cleaners Up Ltd. can help you with more cleaning tips


Edited by Hroberts
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