Strong smells and chemicals have always been a problem for myself and my hubby. He will actually get a headache from some strong smells, so I have always tried to avoid them.
I really like to have lightly scented candles and natural potpourri sitting around to “scent” the air, but I have been wanting to replace “spray” air fresheners for a long time because of the chemicals they use in them. (Who even knows what is in them!?)
My latest experiment involves Witch Hazel instead of Isopropyl Alcohol which is what I used first. Some recipes call for wood grain alcohol or vodka as well. I switched because the Witch Hazel has a lower amount of alcohol in it and I don’t have to worry as much about the spray damaging any wood furniture or cabinets that it might touch.
This simple recipe is working great:
Natural Air Freshener Spray
Ingredients: Witch Hazel, Essential Oils, 2 oz spray bottle
Directions: fill the spray bottle with the Witch Hazel and then add the essential oil drops. I used about 30 drops of Aura Cacia’s Lavender essential oil for a lavender-scented spray and around 20 drops of peppermint for a peppermint scented one.
Add the liquid before you add your oils- the concentrated oils sometimes can react with the plastic.
Both of the sprays I made have a refreshing, clean smell and I don’t have to worry about what else might be in them!
Stay tuned for another post in the near future about natural room fresheners such as herbal potpourri!
- Making Your Own Natural Air Freshener and Oil Diffuser (trueactivist.com)
- Uses for witch hazel (thingsmothernevertoldyou.com)
- Make It Yourself Scented Linen Spray (thisdivasaves.com)
- Peppermint Air Freshener (nckyola.wordpress.com)
- Cleaning with Clean Ingredients (serenajenkins.wordpress.com)