I love a house that smells good. When I was a kid, we had this Eucalyptus Tree in the yard and I would collect leaves from it and throw them in a pot of water to simmer and freshen up the house. Not much has changed except that I have broader horizons now.
In the not so distance past I’ve learned that many, if not most air fresheners contain a level of toxic ingredients. I’ve come to the conclusion that my house will either be stinky or smell good naturally because we don’t need to add any additional toxins to our already toxin exposed lifestyle.
Source of information regarding Dangers of Air Fresheners
Since it is Christmas time, I’ve got an open dish of Orange Peels, Dried Orange Slices, Cinnamon Sticks, Rosemary Leaves, Clove Spears, Star Anise, Eucalyptus Leaves, Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones and Pine Leaves. And it smells FANTASTIC!
I peel oranges and rip the peels into smaller pieces so that when they naturally dry out, they will fit inside of a small jar, around the base of a candle or in a muslin/mesh bag. While the items are fresh, I leave them in an open air container (otherwise sealing them in a jar will cause mold to grow before the peels have a chance to dry out). Once they are dried out and loose most of their aroma, I will stir in some Essential Oils with the dried goods to freshen it back up.
During the Christmas Holiday Season, my favorite mix of oils is Orange Oil, Clove Oil and Cinnamon Oil, but you could do whatever you like most.
The best part is that it contains no synthetic or harmful ingredients.
Air Freshener Toxicity – PDF
Toxins found in Air Freshener and the Associated Dangers – Via Natural News
dōTERRA is an excellent source for Essential Oils.