If your house has been shut up all winter, it might be starting to feel a bit stale. Commercial air fresheners often contain toxic chemicals and are really the last thing you want to be spraying inside you home. The good news is that there are several natural ways to freshen the air in your home, without risking your health.
Pick up an essential oil diffuser
Essential oils not only smell great, they also boast a lot of health benefits. You can use essential oils to keep your home smelling fresh by using a diffuser like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Essential-EVELTEK-Aromatherapy-Humidifier-Waterless/dp/B01CDXUZVU/ref=zg_bs_16250381_4. Just fill the base with water, and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and enjoy the soothing effects. Some favorites include lavender for a calming effect, or orange for a just-cleaned feel.
Treat your garbage disposal
Stinky smells are often lurking in the kitchen sink. An easy way to freshen up your garbage disposal and keep your kitchen smelling great is to put lemon or lime peels into the disposal and run it normally. This helps rid your sink of odor, and clean the disposal. You can also throw a handful of ice into the disposal to help diminish food buildup and bad smells.
Carpet can hang onto bad smells and prevent your home from smelling fresh, even if you’ve just cleaned it! Commercial carpet cleaners are hiding all sorts of harsh chemicals, but you can easily create your own natural solution. Baking Soda and Borax are idea to use as a base for your carpet cleaner, and you can follow a specific recipe here: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/11/make-your-own-natural-carpet-freshener.html.
Adopt some houseplants
Not only do they add to the overall atmosphere of your house, but indoor plants are also great air purifiers. Some of the best include spider plants, peace lilies, and bamboo. Some are lower maintenance than others, so read up on different types before you decide.
Create some potpourri on your stovetop
An easy way to make your home smell great is to create your own potpourri mixture right on your stovetop. Add some water to a pot, throw in some lemon or lime slices and any of your favorite herbs. Then let the water come to a light boil and reduce the heat. It’s inexpensive and effective.
Tend to your closet and dresser
Closets without a lot of air circulation can start to smell closed up. Especially as you pack away clothes to transition between seasons, it is important to give those unused items some freshening up. Place a dryer sheet in dresser drawers or on closet shelves to draw out bad smells and freshen your clothes and other items.