You care about how your home smells because, well, you live there! But you’re also conscious of the chemicals that you introduce to your living environment because you don’t want to gain a great-smelling home at the cost of your long-term health, or your short-term pocketbook. The good news is that it’s so easy – and so cheap – to get your home cleaner and smelling better.
Just follow these five simple steps to deodorize your home naturally!

Step 1: Quick shopping trip…

  • Basic box fan
  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 16 oz. baking soda
  • ½ oz. lavender essential oil
  • Gerbera daisy and chrysanthemum plants

Step 2: Air it out!

When was the last time you opened your windows to let a fresh breeze circulate through your living spaces? This step will cost you nothing except the time it takes you to walk to each room and get some good old-fashioned cross-ventilation going by opening the windows on opposing sides of your home. Without regular fresh air infusions, your central heating and cooling system will keep circulating the same contaminant-filled air throughout your living and sleeping spaces. So take five minutes and open those shades and windows!Deodorize your home naturally

If you’re worried about increasing your cooling costs during the summer, take this step in the evening just after sunset when the air temperature outside usually starts to cool down. Leaving your windows open overnight will also save you money on your electric bill if the air temperature goes below the level where you usually set your thermostat. A simple box fan can make cross-ventilation happen even when there isn’t any breeze. So open your windows today and air out the house for a win-win: cleaner air and more money in your wallet!

Step 3: Vinegar & Citrus, Nature’s Power Cleaners

Vinegar is wonderful for two reasons: it cleans like a champ, and it’s incredibly cheap. But you may not like how it smells, so how about another win-win? Just add leftover citrus peels from your kitchen to a 2/3 full jar of vinegar. When the jar is full and you’ve let it sit for about a week, you’re ready to add your DIY cleaning solution to a spray bottle: half cleaner and half water. Now you’ve created a safe, effective and all-natural cleaner for less than $1, and you’re helping reduce waste by putting your citrus peels to work for your home instead of your local landfill! Spray your new DIY cleaner anywhere around the house: on your kitchen surfaces, bathrooms, floors or walls. You’ll be cleaning naturally and deodorizing as you go!

Another quick, easy use for your leftover citrus peels is to run them through your garbage disposal with hot water. Smell the difference when you’re done, and give yourself a pat on the back while you’re at it – you just cleaned and deodorized your garbage disposal naturally for pennies!

Step 4: Essential Oils are Essential

Don’t let the price tag per ounce scare you off: essential oils are so concentrated and powerful that they’re worth every dollar. Even a small dropper of essential oil can work wonders for your home! Forget the expensive, manufactured toxic products you have in the closet. The list of uses for essential oils around your home is nearly endless – but start with something simple like a carpet deodorizer. Just shake together 2 cups of baking soda with 30 drops of lavender essential oil in a mason jar or another closed container. Poke holes in the top of the container and you’ve got all you need to sprinkle your carpets with this powerful deodorizer! Let it sit for an hour or two, then vacuum the powder away and enjoy a cleaner, fresher home – all without any harmful chemicals.

Mom and daughter planting plantsStep 5: Go Green…with Plants!

How appropriate that one of the best ways to make your home more environmentally friendly – literally “green” – is to simply add a plant or two to your living space! Gerbera Daisies and Chrysanthemums are two species which will cleanse your home’s air of harmful chemicals like benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. They’re also beautiful and they’ll add some colorful joy to your home.

There you have it: in less than a week’s time, and for way less than $50, you can dramatically improve your home’s smell as well as its impact on the environment and your overall health. So drive down to your favorite local store, or hop on your favorite shopping website and get started with Step 1 now. Before you know it, you’ll be done with Step 5: breathing easier and enjoying a clean home!

More info? For more information about the improving the quality of your indoor air, check out our other post: PET FRIENDLY INDOOR PLANTS THAT PURIFY THE AIR

Call 877-957-5670 to schedule an appointment with an AdvantaClean indoor air quality specialist today!