DIY air freshener diffuser

DIY Diffuser for Organic Fresh Fragrance in your Home

Air fresheners blow. Seriously. They don’t actually freshen your air, they just fill an obviously toxic indoor atmosphere with more chemicals than you can shake a stinky sock at.

The Natural Resources Defense Council’s study on air fresheners found 86% of air fresheners tested contained phthalates: “Most phthalates are well known to interfere with production of the male hormone testosterone, and have been associated with reproductive abnormalities.” These included brands that were ‘non-scented’ and ‘natural’.

According to the EPA, air fresheners contain four main ingredients: petroleum distillates, aerosol propellants, formaldehyde and p-dichlorobenzene. Yum. I don’t need to tell you how bad these are, so let’s ditch the spray and make a natural DIY organic diffuser for your home.

What you need:

  • Small glass jar
  • Bamboo skewers
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 3/4 cup water

Choose from three or four items from this list:

  • 7 drops essential oil of your choice
  • Lemon or orange peels
  • Cedar
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Pine cones
  • Lavender sprigs
  • Rosemary sprigs

Mix them in your bottle, stand the skewers in and place in the room that is in need of a little fresh air.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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