We all can’t help but love the smell of air fresheners.
From seasonal smells like pine needle, pumpkin spice, and coconut breeze, to the all-year-round clean aroma of linen – it seems like we can’t help but buy at least a can or two aerosol sprays and freshen up the house. Unfortunately, many household air freshener aerosol sprays and plug-ins may pose more harm than good, without you realizing the effects it has on your children, yourself, and even your pets’ health.
The reason why air fresheners smell so good is due to the chemical p-dichlorobenzene. According to the Center of Disease Control, which classifies p-dichlorobenzene as a “possible occupational carcinogen,” it has been reported to cause allergy attacks, asthma, eye irritation, liver disease, gastrointestinal problems, skin rash. Phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, petrochemicals and benzene are just a few other chemicals found in scented air fresheners that can make the air in your home unhealthy to breathe.
These air freshener chemicals have been implicated in cancer, neurological damage, reproductive and developmental disorders, and other conditions. The synthetic chemicals in air fresheners also can aggravate asthma and/or trigger attacks.
After suffering from asthma for years, my mom started making her own homemade air fresheners — since then, it’s become a family hobby that’s fun while also helping eliminate harmful chemicals from our home’s air. One of our favorite DIY air fresheners is apple spice! This natural aroma is warm and inviting, while also smelling like freshly baked apple pie. Who doesn’t love that?
DIY Apple Spice Stovetop Aroma
What You Need:
- 2 Apples (they can be overripe/going bad)
- Medium Saucepan
- Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder (optional)
- 8 cups of water
- Slice 2 apples and place in medium saucepan.
- Add cinnamon sticks and cinnamon powder to your pan.
- Then add 8 cups of water or once your pan is filled halfway.
- Once ingredients are combined together place on stovetop on medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, shut the stove off and let it stand. This can stay in the pan for 2-3 days before it starts to wither and needs to be replaced.
When you use homemade air fresheners, you’re not just keeping you, your family and pets safe from harsh chemicals; you are also doing your part to reducing your carbon footprint and living a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. Each month we will be providing DIY natural and safe tricks to living a healthier life! Natural. Beautiful. Effortless!