Eliminating Odours Naturally
With the almost hundreds of products on the market to deal with unwanted odours in your environment, it’s important to consider what kind of chemicals are used to produce these products and the possible negative impact they could have on your health and well being. Do a quick internet search on chemicals in air fresheners and you will find some very unappealing stuff! I think we’re all coming to the conclusion nowadays that the more chemicals you ingest, inhale or absorb, the greater your risk is of becoming ill.
Many of the big brand products available may have flashy, big budget marketing campaigns to convince you to buy their products, but it’s good to be curious about what you’re actually getting for your money. Promises of “eliminating” odours can be misleading since many conventional sprays really only mask odours. You will often find that just simply addressing the root cause of unwanted odours is the most natural way to reduce and manage them.
Here are some tips for maintaining or improving the odours you may experience on a regular basis:
1. Make sure garbage and recycling is removed from your home or car promptly. You need to avoid allowing mould to grow in containers and bags before you get them out of the house or car.
2. Don’t let wet or damp towels, clothing or shoes to sit in a pile or unventilated area. Wash wet clothes and towels as soon as possible or hang to dry before placing in the laundry hamper, and be sure to allow time for running shoes to completely dry out near a fan or open door before wearing them again.
3. Open your windows. Unless you live in a highly polluted area, having windows open will naturally let air circulate in your home, helping any unwanted odour to dissipate more quickly. To maximize this effect, place your fan in the open window sill or in front of a balcony door to really pull the fresh air from outside in.
4. Use natural essential oils in a diffuser or nebulizer. Avoid the big brand names you’ll find in the bathroom isle of your local grocery store, and seek out retailers that sell pure essential oils. There are lots of choices for the method of delivery, but diffusers and nebulizers are popular. The diffuser usually uses a small bottle with wooden sticks or reeds, and once set up the essential oil is drawn into the wood and released into the surrounding area’s air. The nebulizer is more traditionally known for being a delivery system for medication that needs to be inhaled, but they are now more common in the health and wellness market. The nebulizer is an electronic device that can dispense essential oil molecules into the air. It also has additional benefits like emitting negative ions into your atmosphere and reducing allergens like dust.
The good thing about being informed and aware of the potentially harmful ingredients in a product is that you can make informed choices. Alternatives to products with un-pronounceable ingredients are widely available now if you choose to take the natural or organic route.