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Switching to Green Cleaning: Natural Air & Fabric Freshener
I’ve always loved fragrance, whether that was as perfume or using it to relax/lift the mood or freshen up the space in practically every room in my house. I was pretty sad when I came to realize that most air and fabric freshening sprays carry ingredients that were hormone disruptors, potential carcinogens and could harm my lungs and those of loved ones.
So what’s a girl to do? Well, easily make your own natural freshening sprays!
What is Green Cleaning?
Simply put, green cleaning means using cleaning products and practices that are safe for us, our loved ones, and our planet.
The easiest way to determine which products are safe to use is to access resources provided by consumer watchdog groups like the Environmental Working Group. I aim to only use ingredients and products that have an A or B rating.
If you haven’t yet, read my Beginners Guide to Green Cleaning, where I explain everything you need to know about green cleaning.
Green Cleaning Effectively
Using effective green cleaning tools in combination with eco-friendly and effective cleaners will ensure a squeaky clean home in no time!
Making your own cleaners can be the greenest option because you can control the ingredients. This way you can ensure they are safe and eco-friendly, while also being cost-effective and time-efficient!
But most green cleaners fail because they use the wrong ingredients for the task or the wrong combinations.
Some mixtures combine ingredients that neutralize their cleaning effect while others create chemicals reactions that make an even bigger mess or become dangerous.
To Green Clean Effectively You Need To Know:
- Which eco-friendly cleaning tools will make your life easier
- Which ingredients are safe and eco-friendly
- How to use natural cleaning ingredients
- Which ingredient combinations to NEVER mix
- Which cleaning combinations are effective for certain tasks
If you want to start off on the right foot, grab my FREE ebook: green cleaning for beginners!
Natural Air & Fabric Freshener
These are my favorite natural ingredients to make a wonderfully fragrant air & linen spray.
Weird choice right? But pure unscented vodka (ethanol) is a great green cleaning tool and has virtually no smell.
Use for: disinfecting surfaces, make all natural air freshener spray and DIY window/mirror cleaner!
Tip: Any cheap pure vodka will do the trick!
Pure essential oils are the best secret weapon in green cleaning with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, degreasing and deodorizing properties.
Use for: natural fragrance, killing microbes, cleaning surfaces, sticky spots, and more. My favorites for cleaning are lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), lemon, oregano, and clove, amongst others.
Ingredient Caution: Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils, and are often synthetic, unsustainably made and carry all sorts of additives. In case you’re curious, I have chosen to use this brand.
Glass Spray Bottle
You’ll need a few glass spray bottles to DIY a few effective cleaners. Although this picture doesn’t do them justice, in addition to being durable and eco-friendly, these from Kuishi are gorgeous too!
I also own a few dispenser bottles that I use for my homemade foaming hand soap and natural body wash. Storage bottles or mason jars are super convenient for safekeeping dry products like natural carpet deodorizer or even natural dry shampoo.
Natural Air & Fabric Freshener DIY
In a 250 mL glass spray bottle:
- Pure Vodka (125mL)
- Distilled Water (125mL)
- Essential Oils (20-30 drops)
Shake before each use and DO experiment with different essential oils. The sky is the limit! Spritz away!
Because it includes water its shelf life is only a week which I find annoying (hence the small spray bottle). If you’re okay with that and just see it as an opportunity to change the smell up a bit, cool! If you want an air freshener without thinking about shelf life keep reading!
Favorite Fragrance Combinations
Minty Citrus: 14 drops of Wild Orange & 10 drops of Peppermint
Sweet Lavender: 20 drops of Lavender & 10 drops of Lemon
Holiday Joy: 10 drops of Wild Orange, 9 drops of Cassia & 9 drops of Clove
Summer Time: 6 drops of Wild Orange, 6 drops of Lemon, 6 drops of Grapefruit, 6 drops of Bergamot & 6 drops of Lime
Fresh Pine: 8 drops of Melaleuca, 8 drops of Lemon & 8 drops of Douglas Fir
Time to Focus: 10 drops of Frankincense, 8 drops of Rosemary & 10 drops of Peppermint
To create my own natural air freshener I have turned into a major cold water diffuser fangirl. Heating or even burning essential oils destroy the healthy plant properties and if you use anything less than 100% pure essential oils, let me save you the story about carcinogens and just say you’re in trouble.
I only need to fill it with water, a few drops of my favorite essential oil combinations and voila it dispels a beautiful fragrant mist. It is my absolute favorite way to freshen up my home, saves money because you’re only using small amounts and is safe to use around kids!
I started with a home essentials kit by dōTERRA and it’s honestly one of my most favorite investments in my home and health. I can’t help but use it every day now.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Natural Air & Linen Freshener
Gone are the days where you’re only choice is to use heavy duty stuff that can harm your lungs and overall health. Using a natural way to disperse fragrance is a super easy and fun way to start swapping toxic ingredients for more natural alternatives. And the sky is the limit! Mix and match and find your favorites!
Green cleaning is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and the environment and doesn’t have to be any harder than cleaning with harmful chemicals. In fact, with safe and effective ingredients and the right green cleaning tools, you’ll be able to save not only time but also money.
Start with a few simple recipes today by grabbing my green cleaning ebook for free!
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Katelyn has a Masters degree in Nutrition & Health Sciences. She helps people find easy ways to live a healthy life. She loves everything related to nutrition, health, nature, travel, and personal development. She is also Carol’s right hand at Soul Essentials.