Let’s face it, sometimes (not pointing fingers) things around the house can get a little smelly. Places like the kitchen, bathroom and even our closets may develop a malodour that is none too pleasing. In this case, our first impulse is to reach for store bought air-fresheners and spray the place down until it smells like a veritable Peach Paradise or Green Apple Orchard.
Although this may be an easy solution, many fresheners (this includes scented candles) found on the shelf are laden with harsh chemicals. The EPA lists formaldehyde, petrochemicals and other airborne toxins as some of the most harmful and common ingredients found in many air fresheners and household cleaners.
Luckily, there is a simple and effective eco alternative and quite possibly, my new favorite household cleaner to make. These lavender-scented baking soda discs are inspired by the book “Household Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxic-Free Recipes”, which has quickly become my go-to for DIY household cleaners.
This super easy recipe works because baking soda is an odor-neutralizer and the lavender essential oils give you that nice, fresh scent. You could easily use another oil, like citrus, if you prefer.
*A note about this recipe: I love to share bits and pieces from the book but I strongly recommend getting a copy for yourself as its the best way to soak up all the info and wisdom its authors have to impart on you!
HOMEMADE LAVENDER AIR-FRESHENER DISCS
– Baking soda
– Lavender Essential Oil (or whatever scent you prefer)
Combine baking soda and water until it thickens into a paste. I like to start with a half cup of each and add more as I go along. Stir in about 10-12 drops of the oil and pour the mixture into a muffin pan with cupcake liners for easy removal. Let sit for 24-48 hours so that it hardens.
Place in any smelly spot and switch them out when you need!
“Household Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxic-Free Recipes” by Mandy O’Brien + Dionna Ford
Indoor Air Quality Guide, EPA