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In today’s world most of us are very conscious of what we are doing to the earth’s ozone layer with commercial aerosol air fresheners. When you use essential oils to scent your home, you are providing your family with a much better option and your home will have a delightful aroma. You can scent your home with essential oils in the following ways:

  • Use  about 8 drops of essential oil to 2 1/2 cups of water and spray as finely as possible towards curtains and carpets. Test curtain and wood materials before spraying to avoid water stains.
  • Purchase a light bulb ring or use one drop of essential directly on a light bulb in a standing lamp. Make certain the light is turned off before applying the oil because essential oils are flammable. Once the oil is applied, turn on the light and the heat from the bulb will release the scent into the room.
  • Turn a log fire into a fragrant event by applying one drop of essential oil (try cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood) to each log. Your guests will think you are using imported wood for your fire!
  • Diffusers are an easy effective way to scent a room. Wipe them clean before applying a different oil or blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, place a bowl of boiling water with 5-6 drops of essential oil in a centrally located place in the room. Remove the bowl when the water cools and keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Add 4 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place it close to your heat source in winter months or put as many drops as you like in a humidifier.


scented air freshenerSince I have a refillable air freshener in my home, I like to find great new scents that I can add to it so that I can make my house smell nice. I like being able to try more natural scents because I love the smell of different types of flowers and plants in my home. I have been using air freshener like this for a really long time now.

Whenever people come into my home, they complement me on how amazing the room smells because it is so fragrant and beautiful. I feel great when I am complimented like this because I work hard to pick out great new scents each time. I have been able to find many that can smell subtle around my home so that they don’t overpower everything.

Most recently, I started looking for some new type of scented air freshener that would be good in my home. I decided on a very flowery type of scented air freshener that would be perfect. When I walk into my home now, it smells like a beautiful garden is in bloom somewhere in there. I love the way that this air freshener makes my home smell.


stale odorWe are continuing our discussion about stale odors in your home. I should mention these bad smells can be anywhere. Consider places like your car, office, basement – anywhere you might be. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have to smell a bad odor, I don’t want to. Today let’s talk about a couple more essential oils that will help you eliminate stale odors in your home.

Rosemary Essential Oil

The bubonic plague, also known simply as the plague killed over 1/3 of the earth’s population at that time. It was a devastating disease and people would burn rosemary to help stop the spread of the disease. Hospitals also used it to purify the air. Well, in this day and age, you can use rosemary essential oil in your diffuser to clean up stale air in the home because it has an antiseptic and purifying effect. It also smells great.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Just like lemon essential oil which we’ve already discussed, grapefruit essential oil works the same way. When you smell it floating around in the air in your home you’ll see why it’s one of my favorite essential oils. Grapefruit is somewhat stronger than lemon so many people use it where the odor is stronger too, like the bathroom. It’s also great to use in the shower because it is such a refreshing pick me up. Tomorrow we have one more essential oil  to discuss and then we can get into some diffuser recipes.


bad odor

Don’t you hate it when you come home and discover you can still smell the food you cooked the night before? Or when you open his bedroom door, you can smell your teenage son’s sneakers? Most people simply spray air freshener to eliminate the odors but if you care about your family’s and your own health, you should read the label on those air fresheners. They are full of harsh chemicals. Do you really want your family to breath  that? A better solution for those smells is to use all natural essential oils. I’m going to show you the best essential oils and why you should use them.

Lemon Essential Oil

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh smelling  lemon essential oil to remove the stale odor. The reason it works so well is that it neutralizes bad smells. The citric acid in lemon oil is better than just about anything else and it’s especially good at eliminating food odors. Many people use lemon essential oil in the kitchen to remove bad odors coming from trash cans, dishwashers and garbage disposals. You can simply put a few drops directly into the area or you can use a diffuser in the kitchen.

Lavender Essential Oil

On your next wash day, put 4 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil into each load. Sometimes I leave my clothes in the machine for a couple of days and if have lavender in the load, I don’t get that musty odor because lavender’s anti-mold property eliminates it. The lavender will keep your clothes smelling fresh for days and using it on your bed linens will help you sleep better too because of lavender’s calming properties.


Sensitivity to Smell

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 18, 2015

Like many people, I am sensitive to certain smells. The usual heinous smells make me gag as well as a few other smells, most notably new car smell. Some people relish the scent because it makes them excited about being a new owner. I try to dispel the smell as soon as possible.

Thankfully, I found a scented air freshener that quickly neutralized the new car smell and replaced it with an aroma I enjoy. All I had to do was take the little air freshener bottle from my purse and give a few quick sprays before entering the car. The scent didn’t just mask the odor, it eliminated the smell. The light citrus scent I sprayed took its place making car rides wretch free.


Smell Sensitivity

Author: Dr. Larita
January 31, 2014

stinkyLike many people, I am sensitive to certain smells. The usual heinous smells make me gag as well as a few other smells, most notably new car smell. Some people relish the scent because it makes them excited about being a new owner. I try to dispel the smell as soon as possible.

Thankfully, I found a scented air freshener that quickly neutralized the new car smell and replaced it with an aroma I enjoy. All I had to do was take the little air freshener bottle from my purse and give a few quick sprays before entering the car. The scent didn’t just mask the odor, it eliminated the smell. The light citrus scent I sprayed took its place making car rides wretch free.


Non Aerosol Air Freshener

Author: Dr. Larita
May 13, 2013

Are you familiar with natural, oil based air fresheners? I see many air fresheners advertised but most of them have chemicals that may be harmful to the body or the environment. I even read that some of the plug in types can cause house fires. These natural oil based air fresheners have been formulated to be used as a burning oil or  as a spray air freshener. You can use these natural products as a spray in your car, your bathroom or any room in the house. You can also use this same product as a burning oil in a diffuser.

These oils are concentrated and their fragrance lasts a long time. If you are using a diffuser and you find the fragrance too strong, you can add water to the oil burner to dilute the scent. There are several delicious aromas to choose from and you can even mix fragrances to make your own blend. You can choose from cherry-orange, cherry-pineapple, vanilla-pineapple, canteloupe, mango, jasmine, or banana-strawberry.


 

Many rooms in a home or apartment open onto the hallway and the smells from each room mingle to form a unique aroma that is distinct to that home. Most hallways have no windows so smells linger and fill the area with stale air creating a kind of scent smog. Hallways need a fresh pleasant fragrance rather than the spicy herb scented aroma of the kitchen or the heavily scented oils that might be used in other rooms.

A good suggestion for a hallway fragrance is the citrus oils of grapefruit, lemon, lime or bergamot essential oil. Any of these oils can be blended with lavender to give an uplifting aspect or geranium to impart a calming effect. Use the geranium when company is coming because it will make them feel good as soon as they enter your home. If someone has a cold or flu, add 2 to 3 drops of rosemary to the citrus base using a total of 8 drops of essential oil in 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant-spray bottle. Spray the carpet and stairs in your hallway to help freshen up the entire area.

Hallways get a lot of traffic and are likely  to gather dust and scuff marks. Washing down the paintwork and baseboards is much more pleasant when you use the uplifting aroma of citrus essential oils, especially when you know that they are also antiseptic, disinfectant and can play other useful roles.


Oil Based Air Freshener

Author: Dr. Larita
March 15, 2012

Are you familiar with natural, oil based air fresheners? I see many air fresheners advertised but most of them have chemicals that may be harmful to the body or the environment. I even read that some of the plug in types can cause house fires. These natural oil based air fresheners have been formulated to be used as a burning oil or  as a spray air freshener. You can use these natural products as a spray in your car, your bathroom or any room in the house. You can also use this same product as a burning oil in a diffuser.

These oils are concentrated and their fragrance lasts a long time. If you are using a diffuser and you find the fragrance too strong, you can add water to the oil burner to dilute the scent. There are several delicious aromas to choose from and you can even mix fragrances to make your own blend. You can choose from cherry-orange, cherry-pineapple, vanilla-pineapple, canteloupe, mango, jasmine, or banana-strawberry.


Natural Air Fresheners

Author: Dr. Larita
October 4, 2011

Have you ever heard of chlorofluorocarbons? That is the chemical ingredient in commercial air fresheners that is depleting the earth’s ozone layer and also doing who knows what to your family’s health. Essential oils are a much better option for making your home smell nice. There are several different ways to disperse your oils through the air as we have discussed before (see How To Use Essential Oils III.)

Diffusers are a very easy and effective way to fragrance a room. Be sure you use a diffuser made of a nonporous material so that it can be easily wiped clean when you want to change oils. There are many different types of diffusers on the market these days but even a bowl of boiling water with a few drops of your favorite essential oils added and placed centrally will leave a lingering scent all over the room. Try using the bowl before you purchase any kind of diffuser to see how well it works. If you use a bowl of hot water, remove it when the heat is gone and be careful to keep it out of the reach of children.


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