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I am a sucker for a great home scent. But after learning about all the chemicals present in scented plug-ins and air fresheners some years ago, I decided to incorporate other options. Don't get me wrong - I still think a product like bleach is definitely warranted from time to time - like in the case of mold. But, there are also natural ways to get a home cleaned up and fresh smelling. Here are a few:
A brand of natural candles that has become rather trendy is Mrs. Meyers soy candles. The lavender and lemon verbena are quite popular. But there are also different lines of soy candles. The best - and most expensive ones - have long burn times of 55 hours or more. They also tend to burn more evenly than artificially scented candles.
Aromatherapy or Reed Diffusers
These are my favorite items to use when "scenting" my home. I like to blend 2-3 drops each of the essential oils of peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus. This mixture works well for aromatheray diffusers. Below is a simple aroma diffuser that I use next to my bed. It has a band of soft light that changes changes colors. So relaxing after a hard day.
To make your own solution for a reed diffuser, mix 70% of an oil based product like almond oil with about 30% essential oil. You can also substitute the base product for water or vodka - yes vodka. Not only do these mixtures smell amazing, but they provide me with much relief from allergy symptoms, and sets the tone for a restful night.
Looking for a natural room spray and cleaner in one? Mix one part vinegar with 1 part water, and add a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil. Use the spray on all windows, glass tables and mirrors. Your home will totally smell like a spa!
Tell me, what kinds of scents do you like to use in your home?
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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