Tips and Tricks: 5 Cheap Alternatives to Air Fresheners

“Air fresheners come in many different forms, from air and fabric sprays to plug in “burners” to solids. While they can perfume the air of your home, they don’t actually neutralize smells and they can wreak havoc on your home’s air quality. Homes that are loved and lived in can sometimes reflect that fact malodorously, with aromas of rotting kitchen garbage, bathroom activities and pet filth. You might be tempted to cover up foul odors with traditional air fresheners, however these candy-colored contraptions are a bad bargain when it comes to your health.”

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A clean house usually means a fresh-smelling house, but sometimes there are lingering or very hard to handle odors that make you consider store-bought air fresheners. Before you make the purchase, you can try one of these 5 normal household items that you most likely already own…

We found a these tips and tricks at Readers Digest:


  • Deodorize a Humidifier: Add 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.
  • In the fireplace: Dried orange and lemon peels are a far superior choice for use as kindling than newspaper. Not only do they smell better and produce less creosote than newspaper, but the flammable oils found inside the peels enable them to burn much longer than paper.
  • In the closet: Pomanders have been used for centuries to fill small spaces with a delightful fragrance as well as to combat moths. They are also incredibly easy to make: Take a bunch of cloves and stick them into an orange, covering the whole surface. Suspend your pomander using a piece of string, twine, or monofilament fishing line inside a closet or cupboard, and it will keep the space smelling fresh for years.

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