I just love a clean smelling house! As a child, I remember coming home from school and my grandma had the whole house clean and there was some “seasonal” smell in the air – whether it be cinnamon and clove in wintertime, or a floral scent in spring – the house always smelled so good. A good smelling house always brings back memories of my childhood and my grandma!
However, study after study has shown the adverse effects that commercial air fresheners and candles can cause. Both my son and husband are prone to allergies and respiratory issues so I began searching out “greener” alternatives. Sometime last year, I discovered these two simple recipes for making my own freshening sprays. They’re incredibly inexpensive, they smell pretty, they work on odors and they take so little time to make.
Two Natural and Simple Air Freshening Recipes
You can double this depending on the size of your bottle.
- 12-15 drops of pure essential oil (I like grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lavender, but go with any scent that you enjoy)
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
You can also make an even stronger version of this spray by using a higher ratio of vinegar to water and upping the essential oils (more like 20 drops) to use in a small diffuser bottle. This works better for just a quick spray into the air to freshen up a bathroom before guests, as opposed to the less concentrated spray that you would spray directly onto/into items.
4 Tbsp natural/eco-friendly fabric softener (I’m currently using Ecover’s fabric softener, but there are many brands available in your favorite natural grocery store) and a few drops of your preferred essential oil.
Fill rest of a regular size spray bottle with water.