natural air fresheners

6 Weird, All-Natural Air Fresheners

Spring allergies are in the air. But with these unorthodox but natural air fresheners, your entire family will be breathing a little easier.

By Emily Main


RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Spring is finally here, so at last you can throw open your windows and replace your home's musty winter air with fresh. Unless you're suffering from spring's worst allergy season ever, and have to close up to keep the pollen and spores and such out of the house. Or if rain, storms, and other bad weather are plaguing your part of the country and you need your windows to stay shut. But before you reach for that artificially scented bottle of "Hawaiian Aloha," which likely contains dozens of air pollutants, you can find much healthier air-freshening alternatives. And most of them are available in unexpected places, such as your liquor cabinet, or your garbage can...or even on you.

Try one of these six weird air fresheners next time your house starts to smell a little funky:

#1: Vodka.
Ethyl alcohol, found in vodka and other spirits, is a main ingredient in most commercial air fresheners. But cleaning your air with vodka allows you to get rid of musty odors without saturating the air (or your lungs) with added chemicals, like petroleum-derived propellants and harmful synthetic fragrances. Vodka leaves no odor as it dries, so you can spray it straight into your air as is, or add 20 to 30 drops of your favorite essential oils for a pleasant scent.

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