If the weather cooperates – Step one for green cleaners is:
Open a window and let those pollutants out! Fill a room with a vase of daffodils that can fill a room with a lovely natural scent and STOP using synthetic room fresheners and fragranced cleaning products that are full of VOCs and other toxic chemicals. These can make our indoor air unhealthy, provoke skin, eye, and respiratory reactions, and harm the natural environment.
According to a study published in New Scientist in 1999, in homes where aerosol sprays and air fresheners were used frequently, mothers experienced 25 percent more headaches and were 19 percent more likely to suffer from depression, and infants under six months of age had 30 percent more ear infections and 22 percent higher incidence of diarrhea.
Natural Air Fresheners
Here are some simple, homemade air fresheners to try:
- White vinegar removes odors naturally on surfaces and in the air
- Baking soda absorbs odors, so place a few open boxes throughout the home
- Boiling spices like cinnamon in a little bit of water releases its fragrance
- Essential oils diluted in water can be used as a spray freshener—try a combination of your favorite essential oils like lemon (an especially effective air deodorizer) and cedar
- Or you can simply add oils to a bowl of water, which adds moisture to dry, inside air during winter months
- Burning essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser is safer than burning paraffin candles, which offgas VOCs
- Soy or beeswax candles also offer natural waxes that can be burned to release pleasant fragrances
If you are not satisfied with your current indoor air quality, give RJF Environmental Consulting a call for a free consultation.