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How To Freshen Your Home’s Air Naturally

Commercial air fresheners are loaded with toxins. Make your home smell fresh as a daisy without all those chemicals.


  • TIP: Microwave smell of burnt food? Put a few drops of vanilla extract in a bowl and heat on high for one minute—the odor will be gone!
  • Step 1: Fill a shallow bowl about three-quarters full of white vinegar and leave out overnight. By morning, all offensive odors will be gone—even tough smoke odors. And don’t worry: The room won’t smell like vinegar.
  • Step 2: Burn smudge sticks or small, fireproof dishes filled with dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, sage, or juniper. These ancient air purifiers are antimicrobial, so they both sweeten and clean the air. Some cultures even believe they have the power to erase negative energy.
  • FACT: The average American is exposed to nearly 100 toxic chemicals—in everything from cosmetics to soap—before even leaving the house in the morning.
  • Step 3: Pure vanilla extract is a natural odor absorbent—and the scent also has been found to be a natural antidepressant and a cure for anxiety! Put a few drops on a cool light bulb, or into a bowl.
  • Step 4: Light a beeswax candle. Unlike regular scented candles, which contain chemicals, beeswax candles are completely nontoxic and actually remove impurities from the air by creating negative ions, which neutralize odors, dust, allergens, and toxins.
  • Step 5: Put a few drops of essential oil into a spray bottle filled with water and spritz it throughout the house. Or put a drop or two of oil on a cool light bulb; the scent will permeate the air when the light is on.
  • TIP: Be sure to buy pure oils at health food stores—commercial oils often contain toxic chemicals.
  • Step 6: Put a tablespoon or more of ground cinnamon in a pan of simmering water—the house will smell great. Plus, studies show the smell of cinnamon is energizing!
  • Step 7: Nontoxic baking soda absorbs odors, pulling them out of the air as well as out of fabrics. Keep open boxes out of sight, sprinkle it in trash cans, and liberally scatter it on your carpet, leave it overnight, and vacuum it up the next day.
  • Step 8: Simply opening a window for 30 minutes a day is the best, easiest way to remove odors—and because air inside your home can be 100 times more toxic than outside, it also helps you breathe easier.

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