Baking soda cinnamon air freshener

Baking soda cinnamon air freshener

  •  As we saw, most conventional air fresheners contain chemicals  such as formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants.
  • These chemicals are linked to skin and upper respiratory allergies and may lead to serious diseases.
  • Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
  • Phthalates are hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer, hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems.  A study performed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that 12 of 14 common household air fresheners contained phthalates and that none of them listed phthalates as an ingredient.
  • The study indicates that may air fresheners currently being used are a threat to public health. US National Institute of Health (NIH) found that exposure to a VOC called 1,4 dichlorobenzene  found in many air fresheners may be harmful to the lungs.
  • Another chemical present in air fresheners is terpene, which when exposed to the air creates formaldehyde.
  • Regulations:
  • Air freshener manufacturers are not required to list ingredients in their products. The 2007 NRDC study on air fresheners resulted in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to more tightly regulate air fresheners.
  • DIY home fresheners are healthier alternatives. You control the ingredients and save money at the same time.
  • Cinnamon has the best natural disinfectant properties and smells wonderful too.
  • Baking Soda will neutralize and absorb odors.
  • Baking soda cinnamon air freshener:
  • Mix
  • 2  Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 or 3 cups of water
  • 7 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 3 drops orange essential oil
  • Optional: Add a few orange peels
  • Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and spray where needed.
  • It is not recommended to use cinnamon around infants.
  • For 3 years old and older kids: Cinnamon and cinnamon oil are okay to use, as long as cinnamon oils are only used in natural diffusers and room sprays.
  • Tips: Opening your windows at least 10 minutes a day is highly recommended. It creates airflow as stale air is bad for you.
  • Introducing air purifying and filtering plants can help detoxify the air  as well.
  • For a vinegar detox air freshener.
  • REFERENCES:
  • 1. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). ” Protect your family from the hidden hazards in air fresheners.” Web. 01 September 2013.
  • 2. US National Institute of Health (NIH). ” Chemical in many air fresheners may reduce lung function.” Web. 01 September 2013.
  • 3. The 2007 NRDC study Common air fresheners contain chemicals that may directly affect human reproductive development.” Web. 01 September 2013.

4 Comments

  1. Fran Finkelstein says:

    Can you recommend a good air freshened for the refrigerator and the freezer. We had a lightbulbb burn and now it smells and we can’t get rid of the smell. Thanks

    • Hi Fran,
      I would definitely put some baking soda with 1 tsp of clove powder right away. If you don’t mind the spicy clove smell. Let us if ti works 🙂

  2. Hi, I am looking for a spray for fruit flies in a bar, cannot gets rid of them, any ideas or suggestions.
    Love your page.
    Thanks
    Maria

    • For fruit flies, fill a bowl of vinegar, put cellophane on it, make a small opening (quarter-sizeish). and let the bowl sit wherever the flies are.

      They will be attracted to the vinegar, squeeze their way in and drown in it!

      I tried it and it really works! Eco-friendly and inexpensive too!

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