Green Thursdays: Make Your Own Air Freshener

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?

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  1. Lisa says:

    New follower from Mom Blogger Club. I would love a return follow! Can’t wait to read more. THANKS

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  2. Mama Hen says:

    Great post Jessica! The plug ins are toxic. People don’t realize it, but they are not healthy! Natural is the way to go. Have a great day!

    Mama Hen

  3. Blessing says:

    Sorry about the link not working!!! I had no idea, you can make your own air freshners! I will definitely link to this post tomorrow or even today. Thanks for joining in…i promise, the link will work better next week.

    blessing@safehomehappymom.com

  4. Stace says:

    We use cinnamon sticks every year in the fall. The smell is so amazing and soothing. It’s very comforting and it brings about memories of the fall which includes lots of family gatherings. :)

  5. WOW really cool! I have to do this! Thank you!
    I am such a big fan of Lavender.
    Great site!
    Come follow my blog and say hi :)

  6. The Naked Writer
    Twitter: thenakedwriter
    says:

    Great post…i forgot about doing this!
    I used to use vanilla, cinnamon and 1 apple and my house would smell like a dream! I am going to do this today, as i live in the jungles of thailand and it’s been raining quite a bit leaving this house musty and damp smelling!
    Happy to have found you !

  7. ~kris says:

    i love doing this! my favorite is cinnamon sticks and whole clove… hmmmm esp in the winter when the house is all shut up (darn NY weather)