I have a confession to make. I love smelly things.
Like a crack addict, I could sniff fabric softener sheets behind closed doors. Smelly candles? Sign me up! I can’t stand body perfumes and scented lotions however, so go figure?!
Here’s the problem….all those lovely smells come with a hefty price tag: artificial fragrances are NOT good for our body’s chemistry Shall I list some biggies?!
- Artificial fragrances are loaded with chemicals and most are petroleum based.
- Lots of artificial fragrances contain a carcinogen “Phthalates,” a chemical known to disrupt the endocrine system. It is even banned in EU.
- All these chemicals are an extreme ski irritant and put stress on already over-taxed bodies! They can make our allergies THAT much worse!
Here is a great article that is succinct and helpful, The Dangers of Artificial Fragrance.’
All this besides…raising a family can provide for a lot of….well…. stink!
I prefer my space smell fresh and inviting! But dirty diapers, a hundred pound dog, and any other myriad of stinky things in our house work to combat that ideal.
When I turn the vacuum on with a bag partially full, I start to smell dog! (BTW, everyone has always told us that we have no dog smell in our house…but the vacuum is a unique beast! It is possible our friends and family just don’t want to hurt our feelings too..(:
So how do you help deodorize your house without compromising your health?
I have been using baking soda for so many uses around the house for so long, I am not sure why it took me so long to brainstorm this use. But one day, when the smell of dog was wafting to my nostrils from our vacuum yet again, I had to act! Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, so I knew it could do well inside the vacuum bag. But I also wanted a fresh room smell – enter essential oils!
This is not so much a recipe or formula, as just an idea. Here is what you need:
- Baking soda: I buy a large bag at my local Costco for under $5.
- Essential oils of your preference (orange, lemon, peppermint, and lavender are my favorites. But I bet pine, eucalyptus, and cinnamon would all be great too).
- Smelly herbs: It's not necessary, but I grow my own lavender and rosemary, and have also used cinnamon powder as I have them available.
- I pour a bit of soda into a mason jar, then squirt some essential oil, followed by more soda, then repeat. How much essential oils you use is totally dependent upon your own nose: mine likes it pretty strong!
- I give it a thorough shake and store in a closed mason jar within my cleaning caddy, ready to go!
- Sprinkle on you CARPET, let stand, and vacuum as you normally would.
- Deodorize your VACUUM by simply sucking some of the mixture up and into the bag. Every time you turn it on, you will get a lovely whiff!
- Stinky GARBAGE PAIL? Sprinkle some in for some instant freshness, and leave it there to absorb more odors!
- Although I do not use it for this, this would make a great ABRASIVE CLEANER for bathtubs and sinks too!
How about you? How do you like to freshen up your house? Are you a closet fragrance junky like me?!