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Store-bought air fresheners may contain formaldehyde and benzene (a carcinogen), which are both toxic to humans. In fact, the EPA estimates that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor, in part because of the use of cleaning products like air fresheners. Keep these toxins out of your house by making these all-natural alternatives.
Before you vacuum, squeeze a fresh lemon or lime into your vacuum bag.
This will freshen both the bag and the carpet.
For an easy air freshener, combine a few drops of vanilla, almond or...
...other extract with a cup of water, and spritz the mixture in the air with a spray bottle.
Simmer white vinegar on low in a small saucepan on the stove for 30-45 minutes.
As it evaporates, it will help dissipate other smells. This is a good option for particularly strong smells.
Don't throw away your citrus zest.
Simmer it in water with a teaspoon of cinnamon, and the aroma will spread throughout your house.
To tackle smells in your garbage can...
... sprinkle baking soda under your trash bag.
Mix one ounce of cinnamon sticks with one can whole cloves and one can allspice in a Ziploc bag.
Take one teaspoon of the mixture and mix it with one cup of water on the stove. Let the mixture simmer for a spicy potpourri.