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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Homemade air refresher and smell buster

There are a ton of recipes online for making your own homemade fabric refresher, but be careful of recipes that say to use fabric softener. This is what the cheap wanna-be-Febreeze brands will use (like the ones at the Dollar Store), and all it does it coat materials in a wax-like... ness with a lubricant that makes you THINK its softer. This over a long time can actually make your clothes degrade faster, and ruins towels by blocking absorption.

Plus the ingredients are TOTALLY not "green." It contains several chemicals which have been linked to health problems such as Central nervous system disorders, Headaches, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Blood pressure reduction, Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract, and Pancreatic cancer.

Febreeze itself is not only expensive, but let me explain how it works. Its main working ingredient is called Cyclodextrin which basically works as a sticky ring-like molecule actually made from (like pretty much everything else in the grocery store) CORN! Its not that it ISN'T technically "green" its what it actually does. When sprayed into the air the stickiness grabs on to odor molecules until its too heavy and falls to the ground. This grabs a bunch of smell gunk and leaves it firmly planted on your floors and in your carpet.

Anything you introduce to the environment, no matter how "good" or "green" it is (I <3 you Baking soda!) will pretty much do the same thing, but thats why we vacuum our home, too.. RIGHT? :P BUT as the owner of a toddler I understand that there are some toys (talking stuffed animals as an example) that cant be laundered anyways. Plus these recipes are going to be cheaper, and more fun since you will be just so proud of yourself in the end for being Super House wife (whether or not you have a spouse) and you are just so crafty! Im already proud of you and your talents!

*One VERY simple recipe is 1/2 Vodka and 1/2 Water - Plus whatever essential oil you'd like (Lavender is a great choice, and if you want that fresh clean smell go with some lemon juice!). If you like the smell of Tea Tree oil I would recommend that the most, since BOTH vodka and the Tea Tree will be disinfecting!

*An Alternative to the last recipe is using white vinegar instead of Vodka!

*Another recipe that is easy and completely green Is just baking soda and water! a tablespoon of baking soda to every cup or so of water and consider those smells absorbed!

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