Alternatives to Chemical Air Fresheners

Commercial air fresheners that are loaded with chemicals suck.

I’m going to skip picking a fight with you and assume that you already know all about the nasty chemicals like phthalates that are in them and DO NOT use them yourself. And of course it would be silly for me to even think of the possibility that you might have a gross country candle burning on your stove… you don’t, do you?

Actually, You are probably so very much an All Natural Me that you have loads of creative organic ways of keeping your home and car smelling so lovely that you don’t even need me to list my favorite all natural air fresheners but, I will anyways, just so you can forward this info along to your friends and family who haven’t quite gotten the hint to lay the F – off of the damn air fresheners and scented cleaning products!

My gawd people! (not you, your dumb friends) What the heck are you trying to cover up anyways? A dirty house, funky garbage, your husbands feet, the sixteen litter boxes? For those specific smells, I would recommend cleaning every once in a while, taking it outside, encouraging good hygiene and supplementing with zinc and downsizing. And for the love…

Don’t Offend Others With Second-Hand Chemicals!

stinkynose.jpg Next time your home smells like ka-ka-poo-poo, try these all natural ways to freshen the air:

1. Open your windows and get fresh air into your home. In with the new, out with the stinky.

2. Grow indoor plants and aromatic herbs to help clean the air and infuse good green smells.

3. Turn to your friends Mr. Baking Soda and Miss Vinegar. They are great for homemade cleaning recipes and, if you just leave some sitting out, they absorb odors. Yeah, no kidding.

4. Buy a couple extra bars of handmade soap and display them in a pretty dish until you need a new bar. It will naturally freshen your bathroom all the time. And it’s so Martha Stewart, who can resist?

5. Use essential oils diluted with water in a spray bottle as a natural air freshener to spritz a room back to lovely after someone leaves a stinker.

6. Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a clay stone to naturally scent an area and wear oils on yourself. You’ll be like a walking air freshener wherever you go.

7. Throw out your Apple Pie scented candle and BAKE a Freakin’ REAL Apple Pie!

8. And as a last resort, when your place really does smell like crap, burn a stick of all natural incense. Not the best thing you can do for air quality control but certain occasions may demand it. Even if you never light them up, incense cones & sticks do their part to infuse natural scents if you strategically place them around your home.

Like up in your stinky Aaaaa… ummm, attic.

How to Start Being Natural Me Even if you know absolutely nothing!

Many people are hesitant about going natural and being more eco-friendly because they are aware of the odds being stacked against them and feel like they won’t make a difference. “I’m only one person, what can I do?” A lot! Never underestimate the impact YOU can have.

Have you heard the saying, “Think Globally and Act Locally”? Well it’s not just some nice sounding eco-babble; it’s so true! It ALL starts with you.

Sometimes people will ask me why I care so much about the environment & recycling and comment that my individual efforts are not going to change the world. I tell them they may be right! Alone, I cannot change the world but it’s a good starting point. Then, I tell them to eat compost. I’m going to keep living my life with a conscious and setting a good example so they need to start taking some notes. Act more and talk less!

Another thing people commonly ask me is if it is necessary for them to use organic deodorant or organic underwear or organic whatever? And I tell them, absolutely YES! Anytime you can show your support, buy organic! Whether it is body care, clothing, household goods or food; Organic is ALWAYS better. Support the companies who are choosing alternatives to pesticides and chemicals. Organically produced products are better products for the world we live in. So choose organic. Even your deodorant! It ALL starts with you.

Only you can make the decision to use natural products, eat organic foods, take healthy vitamins and start being more aware of issues that affect your health and the environment.
You can start living TODAY as a Natural Me!
These new changes may seem to only affect you but they collectively add to everyone’s right to a healthy environment. Mother Earth Thanks You!

The next step is to adopt your new Natural Me lifestyle in your home environment. Start using natural cleaning products. No more chemicals! Plain and simple, they are poisonous and pollute your indoor air. They do not add to your health but only add toxins to your body. Find eco-friendly cleaning alternatives and eliminate the hidden chemicals as well like artificial air fresheners, “fragrance”, moth balls, dishwashing and laundry detergents, bleach and bleached paper products and pesticides! Please stop using chemicals and pesticides. There are many other effective and safe options that are better choices for your healthy home.

Make recycling happen in your house. Plastics, glass, tin, aluminum, paper, cardboard and food scraps should not be allowed to enter the trash can. Get to know your recycling center and appoint a certain time each week or month to drop off your recyclables. Build or invest in a compost bin for your decomposable products like food, leaves and grass clippings. Start reducing the amount of waste YOU create.

When you go shopping, look for products that are recycled biodegradable and are not over packaged. Before you buy anything, ask yourself IF you really need it? Do you really need to bring MORE STUFF into your home? (and eventually into a landfill) Remember it’s REDUCE, Reuse then Recycle. Buy used, Buy Eco-friendly or Don’t Buy it at all.

As you are buzzing around trying to fight the hungry commercial demon inside of you, let your Natural Me lifestyle trickle into your car by using natural cleaning methods and only scenting your car with essential oils or herbs. Say goodbye to that fake smelling green tree you have dangling on your mirror and hang up a diffuser scented with real evergreen oil instead.

After you start being Natural Me within yourself, at home and in your car, then you can start sharing this new outlook in your daily life with your friends and family. Let the eco-vibe rub off on all that you do at school, at work and everything that you participate in. There is always a better way to do things. Teach others how to be more natural and create less waste. Encourage your school and workplace to adopt a recycling and chemical-free policy. Think about all the people you know. You have the power to make an impact on them all.

We are proud of you and are touched that you want To live your life as a Natural Me!

Remember, Change is possible and It ALL starts with one person ~ YOU.