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Who doesn’t love coming home to a nice-smelling space? A good home fragrance acts like an accessory and adds character, making your space feel extra homey. However, constantly buying candles and air fresheners can start getting expensive, and lots of them are actually polluting your home with chemicals.

Below we provide you with some ideas on how you get a great-smelling home without resorting to unnatural and toxic scents.

 

All-Natural Room Scents.

Bring fresh ingredients like freshly squeezed lemons, rosemary and a touch of vanilla to a simmer on the stove and your house will be filled with the smells of summer.

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DIY Beeswax Candles:

Beeswax candles give off a light honey-ish scent, and they also have a purifying effect on the air in your house. They give off negative ions when burned, which neutralizes bad ions like allergens, dust and airborne toxins. So not only are you adding good smells, you’re actually cleaning the air whenever you burn these lovely candles.

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Citrus Room Spray

Instead of throwing out those empty perfume bottles, up-cycle them into little spray containers so you can have air fresheners in every room. Use your favorite citrus and a healthy dose of vodka to make this simple-yet-effective spray.

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Homemade Air Freshener

What bathroom doesn’t need a little extra freshness? Perk up your WC with a spritz of lemon-rosemary air freshener that works double duty as an antibacterial without worrying about any harsh chemicals

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Fruit Rind Air Freshener

Instead of just masking bad smells, use sea salt to actually get rid of them. Fill half of a citrus fruit with sea salt and set it somewhere where it can soak up all the bad odors; just make sure it’s out of reach of little fingers or furry friends. Replace the rind and salt every few days to keep the space fresh and odor free.

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Garbage Disposal Cleaner

If your garbage disposal is emitting some cringe-worthy smells, then send a burst of citrus down the drain to clean up that situation. Homemade and natural, these pellets are made with vinegar and orange peel to neutralize everything icky lurking down there.

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DIY Potpourri

Collect flowers all summer long, and then at the end of the season combine them to make a pretty bowl of potpourri that will have your home smelling lovely. There is really no wrong way to make potpourri, and you can have a lot of fun experimenting with different kinds of flowers, herbs, spices and oils.

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Gel Air Freshener

Instead of setting out a gel that’s full of chemicals, let the kids help you make these awesome gel fresheners. They’ll have a blast choosing the color and scent, and you’ll love knowing that you’re making your home a tiny bit healthier.

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Refrigerator Deodorizer

Take the little box of baking soda you’ve been using in the fridge and give it an upgrade with a dab of essential oil. Obviously you don’t want a super strong scent that affects the food in your fridge, so stick with citrus smells instead of floral and start with less and add more as needed.

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Lavender Lemon Candles:

When life gives you lemons, it’s time to find some lavender and make these bad boys. ASAP.

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What are your favorite home scents? Share your tricks for making your home smell lovely and fresh in the comments below!

 

Sources:

Hello Natural

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