I talked about how I don’t use store-bought air freshener. I know there are plenty of earth-friendly solutions out there that I can buy at the store but you know that I’d rather make it, than buy it. I started whole-out crazy making all my cleaning products at one (unemployed and childless) stint and have dialed back a bit.
Here’s what you need:
- spray bottles (I use Wyndmere Naturals – Glass Bottle W/Mist Sprayer 4oz, 1 bottles that you can get from amazon or even from Whole Foods)
- essential oils (I use peppermint, lavender and rosemary)
- vodka — yes, vodka — the very very cheapest
Step 1: Go to the most bogus liquor store in your area (my preference locally is the one on the Pennington Circle) and ask the store clerk for their most “undrinkable” vodka. This will always be the cheapest. And, if you are anything like me, if you’re buying in such huge quantity, you need to buy something you would NEVER dream of drinking. I went for “BK” vodka.
Step 3: Put essential oils in the vodka/water. I use about 30 drops of peppermint, 10 of lavender and 10 of rosemary. Play around with it.
(Step 4): Spray anything — the air, your couch, your kids, your kid’s coat. Just not your kid’s face. Because this spray is predominantly alcohol, it evaporates quickly making it appropriate and non-stain producing on fabrics. Of course if you have anything really valuable, test the spray on a spot you don’t care about before you spray the whole thing.
Enjoy and breathe easy.