By Becky Striepe on July 18, 2012
Instead of buying chemical air fresheners at the store, it’s super simple to whip up your own DIY air fresheners from natural ingredients. If you’re using essential oils in your DIY air freshener, as a couple of these recipes do, check out our handy guide to essential oils to find which ones you want to use.
By Becky Striepe on April 11, 2011
Air fresheners like Glade Plug Ins and Febreeze have millions of marketing dollars behind them, but do we really need to spray chemicals all over our homes to keep the air fresh?
By Becky Striepe on July 16, 2010
Last month, we talked a bit about mixing your own scents to avoid the toxic chemicals in storebought fragrance. My recipe called for adding 40-60 drops of essential oil in a 2oz. spray bottle, then filling the rest of the bottle up with rubbing alcohol. The idea here is that oil dissolves in alcohol, so it’s a good, inexpensive carrier for the scent.
There was some great discussion in the comments, and we wanted to share some of those reader insights!
By Becky Striepe on June 18, 2010
Store bought fragrances can be pretty nasty stuff. Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 17 popular perfumes and colognes and reported an average of 14 mystery chemicals, with some brands containing as many as 24! Thanks to a legal loophole, fragrance companies don’t have to disclose what is in their recipes. Meanwhile, 66% of the chemicals [...]