Since I’m on a little vacay this week, I thought this post should be a little light. So, I thought I’d give you an easy way to make your own air freshener. I haven’t used air fresheners in quite a while. I’m not a big fan of anything that comes in an aerosol can, and with three little kids, leaving something plugged into the wall just isn’t going to work. Plus, a lot of times, I think they’re a little strong. I love scented candles, and you can find some green alternatives out there for scented candles, but again, three kids and candle burning isn’t going to work well.
I recently signed up to host a Healthy Home party by Healthy Child Healthy World and received my box of goodies (still waiting on part of it, but I’ll post more details after the party). In the box, there were some tips for preparing for your party in a chemical free way. To freshen the house, they recommended boiling some herbs on the stove and letting the aroma fill your house. Kind of like the smell of homemade speghetti sauce fills your house when you make it, or anything in a slow cooker. I thought that was a great idea, so I tried it.
I picked a few sprigs of lavender from my garden and dropped it in a pot of water and brought it to a boil. After a few minutes boiling, the lavender blanched, leaving the water purple, so I removed the plants. I think if I had left the plant in, it would have started to smell like boiling plant and not the lavender. I then lowered the water to a simmer and just let it simmer on the stove for a while (on a back burner out of reach from my kids who were not in the kitchen at the time). It worked pretty well. My home smelled like fresh lavender. It probably would have lasted longer if I hadn’t had all the windows open, but it lasted a couple hours.
I haven’t tried any other things yet, but I plan on it. I think citrus peels (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit), cinnamon sticks, fresh rosemary, basil, or thyme, and rose petals, or really any fragrant flower should work. Anyone else try this? What have you used?