4 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 21 chickens? Yeah, you could say we have our smelly days around here.
Since taking on the challenges of
1. Trying to pinch pennies where I can now that we are a one income family and
2.Using fewer chemicals in our home
finding an alternative to the pricey and chemical filled air fresheners was something in which I was really interested.
I didn’t really go searching for a DIY recipe although there are a TON of great ones out there, I just kind of threw together my own recipe and am quite pleased with the results.
From what I knew of odors – plain white vinegar was a great ingredient to use, so I started with that.
Reusing one of my empty spray bottles, I filled it about 1/3 full of white vinegar (about 8 oz.) and the rest of the way with water.
I added about 20-25 drops of lavender essential oil and voila! Instant fresh air!
**I give the spray bottle a little shake before each use to get everything all mixed up really well. And have plans in the works to make my own labels!! Eeeek! Adorbs!**
Let’s do a quick price comparison:
(I used Walmart.com for pricing)
The cheapest Fabreeze was $3.97 (that’s the aerosol can)
And our recipe:
Distilled White Vinegar (32 oz) $0.87
For this recipe I used about 8 oz so that would be about 22 cents
Water – basically free
Lavender Essential Oil – it’s about 11 cents per drop at 25 drops = $2.75
So the total cost is $2.97
One bottle of Lavender essential oil would make about 10 batches of this spray, and one 32 oz bottle of vinegar would make about 4 batches. It definitely wins on the price comparison scale.
I feel like it wins on the wellness scale too. It gets rid of those gross smells that go along with big families and lots of pets, PLUS I also get the added bonuses of lavender every time I use it.
Ready to try this?
Awesome, but first an important words about Essential oils. Essential oils come in many many different brands and varieties. I chose to use Young Living for several reasons. Just two of the reasons are that they are one of the first and oldest companies (22 years!) and therefore the most experienced and also because of their Seed to Seal guarantee I know I can trust that these oils are 100% pure, no additives, fillers, or chemicals. That’s why I only have to use 25 drops for a powerful effect so I get the most bang for my buck. Always do your research on the company and it’s distillation process before using essential oils.
I’m a member of and distributor for Young Living so I can order anytime I want at wholesale costs, if you want to try this recipe without a membership, I’ll share mine with you and you can order a bottle HERE. Just use the coupon code WHOLESALE when you order.
If you love essential oils as much as I do and want to order your own at wholesale pricing, just click HERE to find out how. It’s super easy and totally worth the few minutes it takes to sign up.
If you need a more scientific reason to make the switch to a more natural odor eliminating product check out this list of chemicals you’ll be allowing in your body when you use the store bought spray:
“Below you’ll find a list of just some of the 87 chemicals found by the EWG in Febreze Air Effects, listed in order of their toxicity to humans:
BHT – Known as a neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin eye and lung irritator
Acetaldehyde – Known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator
“Fragrance” – One of the three ingredients actually disclosed, it’s a neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergen
Propylene Glycol – Causes cancer, allergies, toxic to immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxin, is classified with “enhanced skin absorption” and irritates the skin, eye and lung
1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol – Carcinogenic (causes cancer)
Limonene – Allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Methyl pyrrolidone – Toxin to reproduction and development, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Alcohol denatured – Also disclosed in the ingredients of Febreze, it’s linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Butylphenyl methylpropion al – allergen, immunotoxin and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Ethyl acetate – linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organic system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Geraniol – Linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organi system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritation
Linalool – allergen, immunotoxin, and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Benzaldehyde – neurotoxin, and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether – non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Ethylhezanol – developmental and reproductive toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
Hexyl cinnamal – allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator”
Info from Sustainable Baby Steps and http://www.ewg.org/research/greener-school-cleaning-supplies