Tuesday, August 23, 2011

things I love right now: homemade natural febreeze alternative...



As you may know (if you're a long time follower you for sure should know!) here in the Main household we try our very bestest to live a "green" and naturally derived lifestyle. That not only means in our cooking/baking but also in our daily lives. If there's a natural, chemical free alternative to something we do and/or use we'll probably most likely do it.

I've really been researching more and more about homemade cleansers for the home and body lately and I'm loving all the "recipes" I've found! There are so many wonderful ingredients out there (most that can be found in your local health food grocery store) that not only help you and your home look better, but are completely non-toxic and much better for you and your family (furry family members included!) Plus, they're super easy to make yourself. Bing!

I'll make sure to post each and every one that I find, try, and love so that you too can give it a whirl and see if you're digging it as much as we do!

First up: a natural alternative to our beloved Febreeze.

I don't know if you're aware, but not only is Febreeze NOT natural by any sense of the word, but they also test their products on animals...which in my book is...LAME. So...this is where I decided to start. I, Christina Main, wanted a natural, "green", human and animal friendly home freshening spray that I could make myself. By the way...this natural alternative is WAY cheaper than any bottle of room spray or home freshener could ever try to be. It'll cost ya in the beginning, but what you buy will last for bottles to come!

I saw this awesome recipe over at The Spotted Sparrow and gave it a try. This was by far the best one yet. So, thank you so much for your amazing eco-help!

Homemade Natural Febreeze Alternative
Makes 8oz
  • 1 8oz spray bottle, make sure very clean!
  • 6oz clean filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons CHEAP vodka
  • 10-20 drops essential oil
Put all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake very well. Enjoy just like you would Febreeze! Make sure before each use, you give it a nice shake...the baking soda might collect at the bottom.

A few pointers:
  • Baking soda might be the most versatile and awesome ingredient out there! It can do...well...almost everything! Natural alternative to TUMS anyone?? Google it!
  • Seriously folks, don't waste your hard earned cash on the vodka...go buy the cheapie stuff and hide it WAY back in your freezer so your friends don't judge you.
  • I personally used 10 drops each of AuraCacia's Geranium and Lavender oils and couldn't be happier. But by all means go find your favorite smells and create your own scent.
If you do decide to try this, please let me know how it goes!

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