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Although reaching for that shiny Glade air freshener is an easy way to cover up odors, or scent the air in your home, most commercial scent products are full of chemicals that contribute to unhealthy indoor air and often just mask an underlying problem. As a result, I'm a big fan of natural, homemade air fresheners and good old elbow grease to keep my house smelling great.

In this Instructable, I'll go over simple ways to make sure the air in your home is as fresh, chemical-free, and naturally scent-a-licious as possible!

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Step 1: First, Clean the Air With Elbow Grease

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The least fun, but most important part of this equation = house cleaning.

If there are sources of bad odors in your home, trying to cover them up with another scent can make for some pretty strong and terrible smells. So first thing's first:

  • empty all your trash/compost receptacles regularly and wash them with bleach water periodically
  • manage your pet's output (i.e.: keep litter boxes clean and regularly vacuum carpets and upholstery)
  • use bathroom and kitchen fans to keep odors and moisture out of the house
  • clean bathrooms thoroughly and regularly
  • open windows whenever weather permits; fresh air is the ultimate air freshener!
  • keep basements as dry and clean as possible
  • regularly clean out and wash the fridge; keep an open box of odor absorbing baking soda on a shelf as a back up

Note: If you ever have mild, but stinky smoke damage from a failed cooking experiment, wash all the surfaces with a mix of vinegar and water and place out a few bowls of vinegar. The vinegar will be it's own version of stinky, but it does a great job of neutralizing the 'burnt' smell.

Dewdle5 months ago
rhondita7 months ago

Love these ideas!

rosaleen8 months ago

I use shop bought Scented sprays for my home. You have presented some great ideas for safer ways to make sprays. I have a supply of Vodka in the cupboard and some Lavender Oil so am going to try this. Thank you

cupquake8 months ago
You did your homework
Paige Russell (author)  cupquake8 months ago

Thanks for reading it!

Pinkly8 months ago

Important note: No peace lilies (or lilies of any kind) in homes with pets that like to chew on plants. Or, make sure they are *well* out of reach. Lilies are toxic to cats and dogs:

Paige Russell (author)  Pinkly8 months ago

Hi Pinkly,

Thanks for the reminder! I totally wasn't thinking about the plant suggestions from that perspective. I've removed peace lilies from the list!

best, Paige

rnathan18 months ago
wonderful thanks:)
Its always best to go BACK to nature. thanks for a nice reminder. good tutorial too