Sunday, September 2, 2007

Fresher air

Okay, so I was perplexed the other day when I saw a magazine ad for this new liquid dishwashing soap that has an air freshener built in to the bottom of it!!! What?! So, I decided it was time to vent about air fresheners!

Let me back up by saying that I am appalled by how many "fresheners" are on the market today. When you go down the cleaning aisle in the supermarket there are (it seems like) a thousand different smells to "freshen" the air in your home.

Okay, so, let's first define freshen! Freshen has nothing to do with chemicals, artificial smells and toxins in a can. Why do people feel the need to spray this stuff in their homes?! The stuff suffocates me! Seriously, I feel like the "natural" air has left me and that I need fresh air ( like I need to go outside to an open space) when someone sprays this stuff. Don't even get me started on the whole Febreze debate and spraying that stuff on your clothes, furniture etc.! What you wear, where you sleep, and relax etc.! Again, what in the world have ads and big business sold us on! We know better than this...right? I think again that we have just become so trained to pick up what we see at the supermarket or that we buy in to the ads on tv for this stuff. We forget, or don't know maybe, that there are other options.

Essential oils, baking soda, opening windows...these are all things to use and do to freshen the air in your home. Take some water in a spray bottle, add some drops of your favorite essential oil, and there you have it...your own freshener. You will be amazed at how much cleaner and fresher your home, linens, etc. smell. Put baking soda and a drop or two of essential oils in the bottom of your trash can to soak up any unwanted odors. Add a few drops of EO to a cloth and put it the dryer instead of using softening agents or sheets. Your clothes will smell fabulous.

Try and be creative with ways to freshen your home without using chemicals. There have got to be health benefits for using EOs instead of toxic sprays. Sometimes our homes just need the windows opened so they can air out. You may think I am silly for how disgusted I seem by these unnecessary sprays, but I really think so much could be saved by not using them. Money, our health, the waste of the cans/bottles...let's try something natural instead!

1 comment:

Pumpkin Head Baby Co said...

So true! Those "Air Fresheners" do nothing more than aggravate my allergies. I have a friend who uses them ALL the time. I can't even spend any significant time in her house b/c of them. I would much rather smell your garbage than your air freshener. LOL!