We all want to be greeted by a pleasant, clean and fresh home but cooking, pets and having our windows closed most days can sometimes mean that our houses smell, let's say, a bit stale?
Air fresheners (this includes candles, sprays, powders, etc) are pretty much a staple in the majority of homes nowadays but are you aware that the majority sold on the market are truly harmful for your family and pets? Many contain phthalates, chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems.
There are many ways to clean your home using safe food stuff such as lemons, salt, vinegar and of course bicarbonate of soda. So here is my extremely simple, completely natural air freshener
What you will need:
A small glass jar with a lid (I use a tiny kilner jar)
Natural essential oil (Dr Mercola has a wonderful range)
Bicarbonate of soda
Mix 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with up to 10 drops of essential oil, spoon the mix in the glass jar, add the candle, light it up and voila! Close the jar to make the air freshener last longer and add a few drops of essential oil now and again to bring it back to life.