However, since I transitioned from “commercial” (synthetic) fragrances for my home and cleaning needs, I tend to be especially sensitive to many candles and air fresheners. I also prefer not to spend my grocery budget on air fresheners; especially in those wasteful spray cans!
I have recently seen some attractive options, such as “wickless candle” plug-in wax warmers. However, they typically still contain “laboratory-reproduced copies” of fragrances (chemicals) and parrafin wax (an oil-refining byproduct, which can contain carcinogens).
Thankfully, natural & frugal alternatives are available!
I still love using my homemade air freshener, as well as just keeping the windows open for a fresh breeze regularly. But I also enjoy a few other natural fragrance options for our home. (Having an older rental home, it can start to smell a bit musty…)
Earlier this year I purchased an aromatherapy diffuser from Mountain Rose Herbs, and we have all enjoyed it! With just a few drops of essential oil, it quickly adds a light fragrance to our living room.
Since I keep essential oils on hand anyway, for therapeutic and cleaning purposes, I am not purchasing any extra grocery products. A few of my favorite scents are: Lavender, Lemon, Rose Geranium, or Sweet Orange.
Pop some quick bar cookies into the oven (heavy on the cinnamon!), and not only will you have a tea-time snack ready for your guests, your home will smell delightful.
We burned it often for our “date nights at home” over the winter, and one candle lasted about 6 months! (They have an approximate burn time of up to 40 hours; I’m glad the birth didn’t last that long!)
Some lavender essential oil and baking soda mixed together are a great natural deodorizer for carpet when vacuuming. Just sprinkle it on, and vacuum it up! (This is a great task for little helpers; they get to make a mess!)
I love being able to bless my family and guests with a welcoming fragrance. It works for me!
So, what are your favorite home fragrance tips? Please share!
This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.