DIY Diaries: 4 Natural Kitchen Air Fresheners


Your kitchen goes through so many smells and aromas through the day that sometimes, it may feel like a hot mess of staleness. While there are a ton of amazing smelling air fresheners available in the market, those wonderful fresh scents come with some grave threat to the environment, and to you!

Most air-fresheners contain an alarming amount of phthalates, which can cause damage to the human sperm, asthma, breast cancer, obesity, autism spectrum disorders, reproductive issues, neurodevelopment issues, low IQ and more [1]. Of course once it is released into the air, phthalate mixes up with the environment and contaminates the otherwise pure air.

While it is convenient, there are some equally convenient ways to create your own natural aroma enhancer at home. It may take a little more than just squeezing it out of a bottle, or hanging a ready sachet of air-freshener near your sink, but the amount of good it will do you and the environment, as well as the freshness of the scents, will truly be worth it.

1. Simmering Spices – In a large pan of water, place a few handfuls of cloves, some cinnamon sticks, some citrus fruit peels, such as oranges or lemon, and a few whole nutmegs. While the water boils, your kitchen will start filling up with a heady citrusy and woody aroma. Once the water has boiled for some time and the aroma is strong, remove it from the heat. Let it cool to room temperature. Now pour the water in an empty spray bottle and spray it in the kitchen whenever you need a fresh fragrance.

2. Lemony Freshness – Preheat your oven to about 225 degree for about 90 minutes. Slice up two or three lemons and bake them. Your kitchen will start smelling amazingly fresh even as the lemons bake. Once done, let them stay inside and open the door for some time to let the freshness waft out.

3. Borax It – Use Borax to eliminate odor that comes from your garbage bins. Add half cup of borax at the bottom your garbage bin before you throw garbage in it. It will absorb most of the odor and neutralize the stench. Re-add each time you empty the garbage.

4. Grind Away The Stench – Instead of throwing away your fruit peels, keep them handy and just grind them in a pestle and mortar or a grinding stone to release an instant fresh fragrance. You can use peels such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, sweet lime, mint leaves and such. You can also place them in your garbage bin to neutralize the odor.

With so many alternatives around, it’s worth to give these natural air fresheners a shot if you can get some time. If you do, we’d love to hear your special recipe and how it freshened up your home. Our real planet saverz are always special and we’d love to share your ideas with more people!

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[1] Barrett, Julia R. “Chemical Exposures: The Ugly Side of Beauty Products.” Environmental Health Perspectives 113.1 (2005): A24. Print.

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