Homemade Non-Toxic Air Freshener
It has taken me this long but I have FINALLY been able to replace all of my toxic air fresheners! It feels like we are continuously adding more and more household products to the “TOXIC!!! Don’t ever buy, look at, or think about again list”. We want to trust that the government wouldn’t allow unsafe and harmful products to be sold, but we are very, very wrong! In fact, a lot of the product out there is incredibly toxic. We always tend to blame other things for our health problems because, well…who would ever think to blame the air freshener in the bathroom? But, we should be.
Some Cold-Hard Truths About Air Fresheners:
- It is usually assumed that these products must go through rigorous safety testing before placement in retail stores, but this is not true. The cleaning industry is self-regulated, which translates to no regulation. Chemical companies do not need permission from any authoritative body before releasing their latest air fresheners or cleanup wipes
- The Natural Resources Defense Council studied the effects of air fresheners, discovering that they currently undergo no safety testing. The results were disturbing, because they revealed high levels of phthalates, which are known to be especially harmful to children. These chemicals were even present in sprays which claimed to be “All-Natural” and “unscented”. Phthalates were not disclosed in the list of ingredients for any of the products.
“Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities, including abnormal genitalia and reduced sperm production…. notes that five types of phthalates — including one that we found in air freshener products — are ‘known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.’
- 1,4-Dichlorobenzene is a chemical that is found in the blood of 96% of Americans. It has been linked to lung damage, is a known carcinogen, and it is an E.P.A. registered pesticide. It can be found in the majority of air fresheners, toilet deodorizers, and mothballs. It works by attacking the receptors in the nose, and thus eliminating the sense of smell. This is how the new generation of air fresheners actually “freshen”.
- Dichlorobenzene is the main ingredient used to manufacture the infamous pesticide DDT, and its cousins, DDE and DDD. Chlorine alone has a tendency to form DDT and DDT-like compounds when it reacts with many other substances. These compounds disrupt the endocrine system by destroying hormones throughout a body, in a similar manner to BPA; but in a much more powerful way. Sometimes exposure results in horrific health problems.
- Some fragrances cause changes in blood flow, blood pressure, mood, and trigger migraine headaches. A massive 72% of asthmatics cite these fragrances as a trigger in causing asthma attacks, and they have been implicated as a cause for the initial development of asthma.
- Ninety-five percent of synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum. They include benzene and aldehydes; which are known to cause cancers, reproductive effects, and problems with the central nervous system. These effects on the nervous system result in increased cases of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more.
- A 2009 study also warns about chemicals emitted into the air upon burning candles. The researchers found that burning paraffin candles produced “undesired chemicals,” like alkans, alkenes, and toluene, which can have harmful effects on humans. For a person who lights a candle every day for years or just uses them frequently, inhalation of these dangerous pollutants drifting in the air could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, allergies and asthma.
- A 2007 study tested 74 air freshening products and measured the concentration of VOCs in the air after use. They reported that a total of more than 350 different chemicals and allergens were detected, including (but not limited to) benzene, formaldehyde, styrene, and phthalates.
This is only the tip of the Iceberg people!
Time to make your own!
Don’t you worry! There is no need to give up air freshener for good to say good-bye to those pesky toxins. I have a solution and it ACTUALLY works better than store-bought, believe it or not! This spray seems to remove the yucky odours instead of just masking them. It only takes a couple sprays to fill a room. It is all-natural and allows you to experience the health benefits of essential oils at the same time. It is also super easy to make and is also much more cost-efficient than buying bathroom fresheners, plug-ins and car fresheners every month.
You Will Need:
-Glass amber spray bottles
I chose these Amber Glass Spray Bottle from Amazon. The amber coloring saves the oils from degradation from light and they are made of glass to avoid the plastic chemicals leaching into your spray. Please be aware that sometimes the top nozzle sticks down on these bottles but the glass and amber coloring make it worth it for me. I also LOVE these larger Large Amber Glass Bottles if you are wanting to replace some of your toxic household cleaners!
-Approximately 15-25 drops of your favorite essential oils (see recipes below)
Make sure you are using a high-quality and pure essential oil! I use Young Living or Doterra.
-1/3 cup vinegar
-1 cup water
Mix all the ingredients together, pour into the bottles and VOILA!!! To make it easy, I actually just drop the ingredients directly into the bottle using a little funnel that I received with my essential oil Refillable Roller kit. Feel free to experiment and find your own groove and potency. Double or triple this recipe as needed.
Make sure you are using kid-friendly oils if you have littles at home. Essential oils are natural, but, they are not safe for kiddos to ingest or get in their eyeballs so please keep these at a safe distance from exploring toddlers!
***Make sure to give the bottle a shake right before spritzing!***
My Favorite Essential Oil Combinations:
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 8 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or spearmint essential oil
- 5 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops orange or grapefruit essential oil
- 8 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops chamomile essential oil
- 2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
- 5 drops wild orange essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops lime essential oil
- 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 8 drops lemon essential oil
- 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
I encourage you all to do a little research on this subject and sadly, also on house-hold cleaners, detergents, scented soaps/lotions, laundry softeners and candles as well. I am in the slow process of learning and detoxifying my house. The hardest part has been weaning myself off of my favorite candle from Bath & Body (insert cry face).
I will keep you all updated on my non-toxic finds and new recipes but for now check out the approved finds on my list so far! Also make sure to comment your favorite essential oil blend so I can have a little adventure in my life 😉!
My Approved Non-Toxic Finds:
These little Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags are THE BOMB! I only have a couple so far, but am definitely going to be buying more. The charcoal works miracles in absorbing and removing odors, allergens and harmful pollutants. They are small so can fit in many different areas (even shoes!) They also last at least two years so that helps the budget a bit (make sure to do the sun trick every month though)! You can find larger sized bags as well. I have been moving these around my kitchen and pantry for a month now and they are working miracles!
Strapped for time? Let Amazon deliver this Lac Larde Organic Room Spray to you. After much research, this is the only brand that I can confidently refer to my friends, so far. It is easy to purchase (some were from over-seas and the cost was outrageous), organic and free of: Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Sulfates, GMO’s, Synthetic Colors & Dyes & Formaldehyde.
*Please remember that I am just a mom doing my best to detoxify my home. I have done my research and have included sources below but I am not perfect! Like everything, take what you like and leave the rest.
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