It's a simple fact of life that sometimes 'Home Sweet Home' doesn't smell all that sweet. Homes just naturally seem to collect unpleasant odors. Common household items like used dish sponges and damp towels can breed smelly, dangerous bacteria and mildew.
Other items can produce even worse odors. Whether it's a result of a teenager's sweaty gym clothes and sneakers, that delicious fish dinner from last night, or a new puppy's 'accident', a house sometimes... stinks. There - we said it!
Of course, you knew that already, didn't you? There's a good reason why the air freshener section of your local mega-mart offers so many choices of scents and delivery systems.
People are always on the hunt for the newest, best thing to make their homes smell better. Unfortunately, artificial air fresheners are not always the safest option.
Air fresheners are anything but 'fresh'
Most scented air fresheners simply mask unpleasant odors. Even scent removing sprays frequently contain artificial scents of their own. And both types add nasty chemicals to the supposedly 'fresh' air. Sprays often contain phthalates and petrochemicals like butane or propane (used as propellants), along with a chemical soup of other ingredients.
According to veterinarian Patrick Mahaney, most liquid or solid air fresheners contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that allow them to easily change into a 'room freshening' vapor. Other sources of VOCs commonly found in homes?
Paint, varnish, solvents, mothballs, formaldehyde, benzene, and cigarette smoke! If you have pets or children, 'air fresheners' that actually increase air pollution in your home are probably not the right choice.
Freshen your home naturally
Fortunately, your home can regain its sweetness without the harmful side effects. There are several natural options for removing unpleasant, and sometimes dangerous, odors from your home.
- Increase the natural ventilation in your home. Something as simple as opening windows at opposite sides of your house will bring in fresh air to replace that stale, less than fresh-smelling stuffiness.
- Add houseplants to your home. Studies have shown that certain tropical houseplants can quickly and efficiently remove VOCs from indoor air. Some of the best air freshening houseplants include areca palm, bamboo palm, Boston fern, dracaena, English ivy, peace lily, philodendron, pothos, rubber plant, snake plant, spider plant, and weeping fig.
- The Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag is made from 100% bamboo charcoal in a cloth bag. It acts like a "magnetic sponge" absorbing unwanted odors as well as harmful airborne toxins like allergens, mold and mildew spores, and VOCs. Because it's a natural product, don't expect the instant results that harmful 'scent neutralizing' sprays provide. It can take a while to see the naturally healthy results from a Moso bag.
- Baking soda is a good, old-fashioned way to absorb unpleasant odors. After all, hasn't it been doing a great job in your 'fridge for years? It's also a great all-around natural cleaner that can effectively clean many different surfaces.
- A dish of coffee grounds or white vinegar will absorb nasty odors in exchange for its own unique aroma.
- Is your mother-in-law dropping by or your boss coming to dinner? Use all-natural air fresheners when you really need your home to smell nice.
- Grind citrus peels in your garbage disposal. The natural citrus oils in the peels will help degrease and clean the disposal, all while giving it a wonderful fresh citrus scent.
- Change your HVAC system's air filters regularly. Make sure you choose a quality replacement filter that can trap as many dust particles, allergens, and mold spores as possible. It can be hard to keep track of filter changes and remember when the next change is due. A custom air filter subscription service makes it easy. Just set it for the frequency your unique home requires and install the new filters when they're delivered.
Now that you know the best ways to banish odors naturally, contact us to set up a delivery schedule for Dust Goblin next-generation filters. They'll help keep your home smelling fresh at a price you can afford. Your HVAC system and your lungs will thank you!