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Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh and Green

April 01, 2011

Everybody wants a clean smelling home, which is why air fresheners are such hot selling items.  But commercial air fresheners are filled with VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that put toxins into the air.

There are plenty of natural, healthy ways to keep the air circulating in your home as fresh and sweet smelling as possible:

Open the windows.  Open the windows every once in a while to optimize ventilation.  

Sprinkle baking soda.  Baking soda absorbs odors. Sprinkle a small amount on stale carpets and vacuum.  Put a box of baking soda in your fridge to eliminate food smells.

Decorate your home with plants.  Potted houseplants help take VOCs and carbon dioxide out of the air.  Boston ferns are especially good for removing formaldehyde, and the Peace Lily is ideal for reducing acetone.

Use aromatherapy.  Burning a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, lemon and verbena, in a diffuser with hot water will do wonders for cleansing the air and imparting a wonderfully natural fragrance. Make your own aromatherapy room spray by mixing 8-10 drops of essential oils with 2 ounces of water filled in a spray bottle.

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