Believe me, I know a lot about freshening indoor air naturally. We have eight people in the house. Six of them have allergies. One has severe asthma. Natural air freshener is an absolute must. Eight people naturally generate a lot of dirty laundry and other odor-some issues. How do we create a fresh smelling home without setting off allergies or asthma?
Bake some vanilla.
This natural indoor air freshener is a trade secret of realtors. Before showing a house, realtors will "bake" vanilla in the oven. The smell is reminiscent of freshly baked cookies. What a devious trick! Perspective home buyers are brought home with this scent. Why not use this realtor trick to freshen indoor air naturally in your home?
Boil some spices on the stove.
Freshen indoor air naturally from the kitchen. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger really make for a delicious holiday atmosphere. You don't need those fancy potpourri or wax melt burners. Just put a pot of water on to boil. Shake your favorite spices in and breathe in the homey aroma.
Forget the air conditioner.
Open the windows. Air conditioning is often used by people with allergies. Still, one way to get over your allergies is gradual exposure. We use a whole house fan to remove odors and open windows wide in the summer. In winter, we occasionally air out the house this way as well. It's incredible how fresh snowy winter air makes a house!
Hang your linens out to freshen indoor air naturally.
There's more than one way to bring in fresh outdoor air. Consider the addition of a clothesline to your backyard. Hanging linens and bedding out (winter or summer) really freshens indoor air naturally. Windows and a clothesline are my not so secret secrets for naturally fresh indoor air.
Polish your wood floors.
Most good wood floor cleaners contain some type of vegetable oil or lemon oil. I've always loved the smell of freshly polished wood floors. Unfortunately, commercial products set off allergies for some members of our household. Now when we polish our floors we use vegetable or olive oil. The treatment brings out the natural scent of the wood to freshen indoor air.
Note: This article was previously published on Yahoo! Voices by Jaipi Sixbear
Jaipi Sixbear is a website owner/manager, published author, blogger, multi-topic columnist at Examiner.com. and a regular contributor at Yahoo! Jaipi also ghost writes for several clients and coaches writers new to web writing and marketing.