Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DIY: Non-Toxic Odor Eliminator

Everybody loves a home that smells good. I do, too; but since I've began reading about how air fresheners and cleaning products contain lots of toxic ingredients, I changed my mind and my sense of smell.

Since now I just clean my apartment with natural cleaners - like water, vinegar and mild liquid soap -, I just can't tolerate the smell of harsh chemicals that can be found in the majority of cleaning products and air fresheners. My nose gets irritated and the house just doesn't smell good to me; it smells just like chemicals. That's why I stopped using these things for good. These toxic ingredients can also cause health problems. In the U.S., one in three people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis (source). Treatment for these conditions includes reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment.

But, I still want my apartment to smell good. After all, I have two cats, and that means two litter boxes to take care of. I do my best to keep them clean; but sometimes the not-so-pleasant smell is inevitable. So, this week I began thinking: what can I do to make my apartment always smells good? I didn't want an overpowering smell, but a clean and gentle one.

I have found some recipes on the internet, tested them and did some modifications. I particularly liked one recipe and I will share with you.

This recipe is very simple. You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil
  • Small container

You just need to fill the bottom of the container with baking soda and drop around 15 drops of any essential oil. I used sweet orange; I think citric fragrances are very refreshing. Now just mix everything, make holes on the top of the container and put anywhere you want. I, of course, put close to the litter boxes. 

I absolutely love this. Very simple and it does work. It gives the area a fresh scent of orange and plus, baking soda is also known as a natural odor eliminator; it absorbs unwanted scents.



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