Over the last half-century, many amazing products have cropped up that add serious convenience to our lives. While so many goods are seemingly effective, sometimes, there are real health implications that are only recently becoming apparent after decades on the market.
We learn more and more each day about what’s best for us and our environment, sparking the need to replace damaging products and the habits surrounding their use.
Keeping the house smelling great is at the top of many of our lists, but unfortunately, much of the home care aisles are chock-full of dangerous chemicals. As a result, there’s a compelling need for green alternatives to chemical air fresheners.
Why Aerosol and Chemical Air Fresheners Are Bad
All scents are the result of some chemical fuming into the air. Many smells are completely safe as they are just a by-product of ordinary organic matter, such as foods and flowers. Companies that create fragrances don’t always use natural essences, though. Instead, these scents trick our senses with chemical compounds.
To make them extra powerful and long-lasting, they often add even more chemicals. The unnatural concoction coats nasal passages and can cause gradual damage over time. In the short term, though, it’s common for chemical fragrances to cause breathing problems, headaches, and even trigger allergies. As many of us suffer from these mystery maladies, it’s no wonder so many people are interested in green alternatives to chemical air fresheners.
Add Good Smells With Healthier Alternatives
As mentioned, just about everything produces its scents naturally. Through distilling processes, manufacturers can single out these smells into powerful essences, usually in the form of oils. While some are edible and some are not, all lack the chemical manipulation and toxic aftereffects of synthetic smells. We find examples of this in many products. For example, if you’re looking to abandon especially nasty aerosol-based spray, natural linen sprays work wonders.
Typically, they use only water and a few drops of essence, so they’re a great way to spritz in a good smell without having to worry. Candles, too, are an effective way to both purify the air and induce a wonderful and warm aroma—just be sure to find natural ones or make your own using non-chemical scents like essential oils.
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