Is Your Febreze Air Freshener Making Your Family Sick? DIY Non-Toxic Room Sprays Fall/Winter Edition

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With the holiday season practically knocking on the front door, I am preparing my home for family visits. When I have company coming over, I like to vacuum my home and spritz it with one of my favorite aromatherapy concoctions to freshen up the air and make my space more inviting to guests. I used to  be on the Febreze bandwagon, that is until I found out just how toxic their sprays really are. I was enraged to find out that an air freshener company that’s slogan is “breathe happy,” fills their products with bronchial irritants. No one is going to breathe happier with toxic chemicals that irritate the lungs.

Febreze contains over 85 toxic ingredients, including bronchial irritants

It may seem like a harmless act, spraying an air freshener like Febreze, around your home, but instead of cleaning the air, these air fresheners are actually further polluting the air with toxins. Environmental Working Group did a study on over 20 cleaning supplies used in schools and found that many of these products contained a large amount of toxic ingredients that are not disclosed on the product’s ingredients list. Febreze (Air Effects – Hawaiian Aloha) contained the third highest amount of air contaminants, coming in at 89, only three of which were disclosed on the label. Some of the most toxic ingredients are bronchial irritants (for a product that you are supposed to breathe in) that cause serious allergic reactions, asthma, migraines, cancer, and more! According to the EWG, these are the worst offenders on the list and some of their many causes, but there are more!

  • BHT – Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
  • ACETALDEHYDE – Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
  • FRAGRANCE – Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous
  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL – Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption
  • 1,3-DICHLORO-2-PROPANOL – Cancer, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Occupational hazards

There’s a better way to freshen the air and “breathe happier”

Never fear! You know I wouldn’t leave you hanging after a diatribe like that, without giving you the option to make it yourself! Room sprays are the absolute easiest thing to make for your home. In it’s simplest form, just water and essential oils can do a great job as an air freshener, but I like to add aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerin to mine for a more luxurious and longer lasting spray that doubles as a body spray. Essential oils are also a really great option because they provide therapeutic properties as well as great smells! Some essential oils actually have deodorizing properties to them, perfect for a room spray!

 DIY Non-Toxic Room Sprays

If using a 2 oz. bottle. just halve the recipe and blends down below. Most of these essential oil sprays are made at roughly a 4% ratio for the best room scent. I like to use some fruity scents that aren’t able to be made as essential oils, and after some extensive research, I found Medicine Flower Flavors. They have a proprietary cold process to extract from the actual fruit, their flavors, not using any synthetically created flavors. They are also certified organic, and can be used in your water to flavor it (one drop coconut and one drop pineapple really give me a great tasting no sugar added Pina Colada water!), your ice cream, your coffee, and more! I use these flavors to make delicious lip balms, and even awesome smelling body and room sprays!

BASE SPRAY INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz. PET plastic or glass spray bottle (PET plastic is the only kind of plastic that is safe to use with essential oils)
  • 2 Tbsp. witch hazel (you can substitute vodka but it has a more prominent scent to it than witch hazel does and is much more drying to the skin)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel (optional – I add this to make this spray great for skin too!)
  • 1/2 tsp. vegetable glycerin (optional – I add this to make this spray great for skin and acts as an extra carrier for the essential oils)
  • essential oil blend
  • water to fill (I prefer to use distilled water, to ensure there are no bacterial contaminants in the water, but filtered tap water works just fine for personal use!)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine witch hazel, aloe vera gel, and vegetable glycerin in your spray bottle.
  2. Add essential oils and add water to fill.
  3. Spray all over your house, pillows, your body, bedrooms, bathrooms, in the toilet, your car/car seats, dog beds etc. I like to spray wrinkly clothing that just needs a refresher, then toss it in the dryer with my wool dryer balls, for a fresh smelling “ironed” look!

Fall/Winter Room Spray Blends

For the Spring/Summer blends to freshen up your home, go here!

Take a Chill Pill

A very calming and soothing blend that smells delicious!

  • 40 drops MRH lavender essential oil or PT lavender eo
  • 30 drops MRH tangerine essential oil or PT tangerine eo
  • 16 drops MRH roman chamomile essential oil or PT roman chamomile eo
  • 12 drops MRH vanilla absolute or PT vanilla absolute

Pumpkin Spice

Get into the fall/winter season with this spicy blend that is enough to make your mouth water! The upside is this blend is also a great anti-germ blend to boot!

  • 10 drops MRH cinnamon leaf essential oil or PT cinnamon leaf eo
  • 10 drops MRH ginger essential oil or PT ginger co2
  • 12 drops MRH nutmeg essential oil or PT nutmeg eo
  • 10 drops MRH clove bud essential oil or PT clove bud eo
  • 3 drops MRH cardamom essential oil or PT cardamom eo
  • 30 drops MRH sweet orange essential oil or PT sweet orange eo
  • 10 drops MRH vanilla absolute or PT vanilla absolute

Euca-Citru-Licious

A refreshing pick-me-up during the dark days of winter, this blend it great to boost spirits and freshen stale air! (Not for use around children under the age of 10 yrs.)

  • 25 drops MRH eucalyptus essential oil or PT eucalyptus eo
  • 35 drops MRH grapefruit essential oil or PT grapefruit eo
  • 30 drops MRH sweet orange essential oil or PT sweet orange eo
  • 10 drops MRH lime essential oil or PT lime eo

Twilight Gypsy

A sweet and spicy alluring feminine scent, this blend is great for a romantic evening at home!

  • 40 drops MRH lavender essential oil or PT lavender eo
  • 12 drops MRH nutmeg essential oil or PT nutmeg eo
  • 20 drops MRH clove bud essential oil or PT clove bud eo
  • 4 drops MRH ylang ylang essential oil or PT ylang ylang eo
  • 10 drops MRH vanilla absolute or PT vanilla absolute

Celtic Faerie

This is my version of a certain bath and body store that carries a yearly scent called Winter Candy Apple. I used to love that scent, so i set out to make something like it!

  • 40 drops MRH sweet orange essential oil or PT sweet orange eo
  • 30 drops red apple flavor extract
  • 20 drops pineapple flavor extract
  • 10 drops MRH cinnamon leaf essential oil or PT cinnamon leaf eo

Dreamcatcher

This is one of my favorite calming night time blends! I just love the way that coconut blends with sweet marjoram and lavender! It’s such a delightful heady scent!

  • 40 drops coconut flavor extract
  • 30 drops MRH sweet marjoram essential oil or PT marjoram eo
  • 30 drops MRH lavender essential oil or PT lavender eo

Harvest Moon

This is a sweet and spicy fall/winter blend that smells like just like my grandma’s home during the holiday season!

  • 40 drops MRH sweet orange essential oil or PT sweet orange eo
  • 20 drops MRH cinnamon leaf essential oil or PT cinnamon leaf eo
  • 30 drops red apple flavor extract
  • 20 drops MRH clove bud essential oil or PT clove bud eo

Oranges & Clove

I just love the smell of pomanders during the winter time! It’s one of my FAVORITE holiday blends!

  • 40 drops MRH sweet orange essential oil or PT sweet orange eo
  • 40 drops MRH tangerine essential oil or PT tangerine eo
  • 20 drops MRH clove bud essential oil or PT clove bud eo

Winter Woods

A fresh woodsy scent with a bite of cold. This would be a great gift for a bachelor or teenage boy (because you know that his bedroom probably smells gross!) It’s not as girly as some of the other scents can be.

  • 20 drops MRH peppermint essential oil or PT peppermint eo
  • 25 drops MRH scotch pine essential oil or PT pine eo
  • 20 drops MRH Virginia cedarwood essential oil or PT Virginia cedarwood eo
  • 25 drops MRH fir needle essential oil or PT fir needle eo

Woods & Spice & Everything Nice

This is a great spicy and woodsy scent! This would be a great gift for a bachelor or teenage boy (because you know that his bedroom probably smells gross!) It’s not as girly as some of the other scents can be.

  • 25 drops MRH scotch pine essential oil or PT pine eo
  • 25 drops MRH cypress essential oil or PT cypress eo
  • 30 drops MRH Virginia cedarwood essential oil or PT Virginia cedarwood eo
  • 15 drops MRH nutmeg essential oil ot PT nutmeg eo
  • 15 drops MRH clove bud essential oil or PT clove bud eo
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