Whether or not we’d like to admit it, air fresheners are a must-need for most households. Especially ones that house pets and children! Things get a little messy and a little smelly every once in a while, and air fresheners are there to help pick up the slack for moms, dads, college students and other adults who are on the go. There’s just one problem with most air fresheners on the market — they contain chemicals that could seriously hinder your health.
Once these chemicals enter the bloodstream, they can alter hormone levels and cause several other health problems. Phthalate exposure in an indoor environment has also been associated with allergic symptoms and asthma.
14 common air fresheners contains these harmful chemicals.
- Air Wick Scented Oil
- Citrus Magic
- Febreze NOTICEables Scented Oil
- Glade Air Infusions
- Glade Plugin Scented Oil
- Lysol Brand II Disinfectant
- Oust Air Sanitizer Spray
- Oust Fan Liquid Refills
- Ozium Glycol-ized Air Sanitizer
- Walgreens Air Freshener Spray
- Walgreens Scented Bouquet Air Freshener
- Walgreens Solid Air Freshener
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to give up that little extra help that candles and air fresheners give you at home, work or in the car. A great natural alternative to a scented candle is a beeswax candle. You can also make your own safe and natural candles at home!
Here’s more good news: making your own natural air fresheners is cheap and easy to do! Here’s what you’ll need:
- A mason jar with a lid
- A hammer
- A fork
- An empty candle container
- A screwdriver
- Baking Soda
- Essential oils
Check out the video below for a tutorial on how to make two different versions of your own safe and natural air fresheners. Enjoy!