How to Naturally Deodorize Your Home
A fresh, clean smelling house is top tier, but chances are the air fresheners, deodorizers, and wax candles that you are using to make your home smell great also contains harmful chemicals and toxins that can affect the health of anyone living in our household - yes, your pets too! Create a safer environment for your family and pets with these natural, toxic-free home deodorizing tips! You’ll have your home not only smelling great, but it will also be much safer for everyone living in it as well!
So you may be wondering what’s in these home deodorizers that are so toxic and harmful? Let’s break down why it’s time to break up with the air fresheners and paraffin wax candles you’re currently using!
What Chemicals and Toxins are in Common Household Air Fresheners?
Popular air fresheners today come in enticing, invigorating scents like Crisp Breeze, Spring Fresh, Clean Linen and Country Garden. It’s hard not to imagine a clean home, with scents correlating to things like freshly washed laundry, a spring day, or a walk in the garden causing you to grab a bottle off the shelf without a second guess!
But did you know that ¼ of the ingredients in air fresheners are harmful chemicals? These harmful chemicals include carcinogens, like Formaldehyde, Benzene, Parabens and Phthalates, many of which are also Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs). The most prevalent VOCs in these overly fragranced household products are acetone, benzene and formaldehyde. Fragranced household air fresheners release VOCs into the air. VOCs are a type of chemical that turns into a gas or vapor at room temperature.
Exposure and sensitivity to these VOCs does depend on the individual, but they can still have a wide range of effects on one’s health causing irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, nausea, headaches, and could potentially cause damage to the liver, kidneys and one’s central nervous system as well. For those with seasonal allergies, asthma, COPD and other respiratory illnesses, even the common cold, their symptoms and overall condition can be negatively affected by these irritants.
Continued and prolonged exposure to these chemicals can have an adverse affect on your health, despite an immediate reaction.
What Chemicals and Toxins are in Common Household Wax Candles?
Most modern, household candles are made from paraffin wax and many of these highly fragrant candles are made from synthetic, artificial oils and aromas. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum. When a paraffin wax candle is burned, it releases a higher amount of smoke and soot into the air. This soot, if inhaled, can cause inflammation to different areas of the respiratory system.
Burning scented candles can release VOCs as well, such as formaldehyde and benzene, which has been known to increase one’s cancer risk. Most household candles are heavily fragrant and made to be able to burn for long periods of time. These fragrances could be the root cause of an allergic reaction you are experiencing and include sneezing, a runny nose and sinus blockage. Candles are not recommended in households in confined spaces, or where young children or animals are present and vulnerable to exposure, as they may be greatly more affected by these products than adults.
So, How Do I Naturally Deodorize My Home?
We get it, no one likes unpleasant, musty, or stale smells - and oftentimes the ones in our homes linger for hours. But there are natural ways to remove or conceal these unpleasant scents, without having to use products that contain harmful chemicals and toxins. Your children and pets will thank you! Plus, with natural deodorizers, you’re choosing to use products that are not only better for you and your family’s health and minimizing exposure to unnecessary toxins, but also you’re choosing to use more eco friendly products that are better for the environment too!
Natural Alternatives to Common Household Air Fresheners
When selecting an air freshener or deodorizer for your home, be mindful to choose a product that:
- Is free of phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, benzene and propellants.
- Is made from plant-derived ingredients, including natural aromas and oils.
- Is cruelty-free and not tested on animals.
- Comes in a non-aerosol bottle and is made of recyclable packaging.
At Breezily, we carry a selection of natural air fresheners, with refreshing scents, and free of toxins and chemicals, that are perfect for your home!
Reason’s you’ll love it: Made from non-toxic, plant derived ingredients, including natural essential oils. It contains no artificial colors and is free of Parabens, Phthalates, and Propellants, which are harmful carcinogens. Mrs. Meyer's Room Freshener contains no animal-based products, has not tested on animals, and is cruelty free. It comes in a non-aerosol bottle and recyclable packaging, so it is better for the environment as well.
Available in: Lavender, Geranium, Lemon Verbena and Honeysuckle
Reason’s you’ll love it: Made with non-toxic, plant based ingredients, like water, essential oils, and fragranced using flowers and plants. grab green’s line of natural air fresheners are formulated without phosphates, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, or formaldehyde, which are carcinogenic materials. Their selection of air room and fabric fresheners come in recyclable packaging and the formula is biodegradable and compostable - making it a much better product for you and the environment!
Available in: Immortelle with jasmine, Lavender with vanilla and Red pear with magnolia
Natural Alternatives to Common Paraffin Candles
When selecting a candle for your home, it is important to consider the following and choose:
- Candles that are paraffin wax free. You should opt for candles made from either soy wax, vegetable wax, beeswax, coconut wax and/or palm wax. These candles produce less soot and toxic chemicals compared to paraffin wax candles.
- Candles that do not contain any artificial colors or synthetic aromas. Instead, opt for candles that are made from natural scent sources, such as from essential oils
It is also our recommendation to minimize the amount of smoke you and your family breathe in by ensuring you place a lit candle in a well-ventilated area of your house. Open spaces are best and if it is in a room, ensure to keep the door open. Keep your candles out of confined spaces or away from drafts, as they can increase the amount of smoke that your candle produces and releases. Making sure to trim your wick before each use is also very important. You should trim it 1/4–1/8 of an inch in length, each time you burn a candle. A fresh, clean wick will minimize the amount of soot and smoke your candle produces. It will also eliminate any black residue left on your jar. Keep in mind that despite the long burn times advertised on your candles label, it is best to only burn a candle for 2-3 hours at a time.
At Breezily, we carry non-toxic, 100% soy candles that are safe and perfect for your home - and family!
Why you’ll love it: These naturally scented, aromatic candles made of soy and vegetable wax. They also contain a lead-free cotton wick. Mrs. Meyer’s candles are made without any artificial colors, and also contain no animal based ingredients and are cruelty free as well.
Available in: Lavender, Basil, Honeysuckle, Lemon Verbena, Geranium
Are There Any Other Ways I Can Keep My House Smelling Fresh?
Yes! There are many alternative ways to deodorize your home, leaving it smelling clean and fresh, while also safe. Here are some suggestions:
- Open a window in your home, to release any stale, unappealing scents and to refresh the air in your house.
- Use an essential oil diffuser, to disperse essential oils into the air and naturally deodorize your home. Diffusers are also great sources of aromatherapy helping you feel relaxed and less stressed. They can be beneficial to people who have difficulty breathing, and can also help to purify the air in your home.
- Add a few odor neutralizing plants to your home! Plants are known to purify the air and remove toxins, making it a natural way to improve the air quality of your home.
- Simmer orange slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves into a pot of water and simmer it on the stove for a few hours for an easy to make simmer pot! The simmer pot will release a fragrant scent and help to neutralize any unpleasant odors.
- Make a natural scent sachet for smaller, confined areas such as a closet or a bathroom by taking the peels of oranges and lemons (both are great deodorizers that also offer a clean, fresh scent) and set them out dry. You may also use cinnamon sticks, cloves, mint, eucalyptus or lavender, depending on your preferred scent combination. Once dry, place them in a sachet, or arrange in a bowl, to offer some natural scent to a smaller room in your home.
Well, when it comes to our health, surely even if the risks are small - any changes we can make, whether big or small, can have an overall positive impact on our health and help to minimize the risk of serious or chronic health conditions. By choosing to use natural air fresheners and paraffin-free candles, you are choosing to keep your home smelling clean and fresh - while also choosing to use products in your home that are better for you, your family, your pets, your health and the environment.