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THE air fresheners commercially available do not perfume the air we breathe but deceive the sense of smell by exploiting unhealthy chemicals for humans and the environment.

I admit, until recently I was making a massive use of air fresheners: I had one with a talc scent on the stairs and in the entrance of the house, in the wardrobes there was the scent of lavender and in the house the fragrance of cotton flowers ... Sure the house was pleasantly scented but it didn't take long to understand than those air fresheners they were real chemical cocktails and nothing was natural.

Many of thedeodorantson the market can be compared to a cocktail of toxic substances that are not healthy for human health and the environment. Those who want to protect themselves from domestic pollution should, first of all, avoid any type of artificial perfume. Some of the substances that can be found in household deodorants:

  • Formaldehyde (carcinogen)
  • Various phenols (skin irritants)
  • Petroleum distillates such as butane and propane
  • Methylformaldeidie (carcinogenic, toxic for the body and for the reproductive system)
  • N-butanoic acid (neurotoxic, can alter the endocrine system)
  • nitromusks (have been related to cancer and hormone imbalances)
  • polycyclic musks (can cause endocrine alterations)

Actually the list of chemicals we find in thehousehold deodorantskeep it going. The air freshener industry uses up to 3,000 chemical ingredients synthetics different. Nothing to do with natural fragrances such as essential oils, extracts from flowers and plants. There are many health problems, especially in the presence of small children, the elderly and… carpets! Yes, because these chemicals accumulate in the upholstery (sofa upholstery, carpets…) and over time are transferred to our skin and body.

Another problem lies in the quantities: our sense of smell develops a sort of resistance to odor (let's say that "we get used to it") and therefore in the long run we need to increase the use of these products. The solution to this problem is simple: just try to rotate different scents.

If the potential health hazards haven't shaken you, know that the entire life cycle of asynthetic deodorantit is a nightmare for nature and the environment. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives toroom fragrancesthat we find on the market. Many of these alternatives can be DIY-made at home.

DIY rose water can be a good base for preparing body perfumes and for deodorising domestic environments in a natural way. Rose water can also be used to prepare a home deodorant to be sprayed as a spray or to be added to radiator water during the winter.

The procedure is simple: mix 500ml of hot water (or rose water) with two tablespoons of baking soda and shake well. Keep in mind that the water must be hot but not boiling. When the baking soda has completely dissolved, add a few drops of lemon, lavender and / or other citrus essential oil, then shake again. If you use this mixture as a spray deodorant for the home, remember to shake well before use.

Essential oils are excellent allies for deodorising the environment in a natural way, the only recommendation is to be careful when used in essence burners. Essential oils can also have positive repercussions on the psychophysical well-being of those who live at home, in this regard I recommend reading the article "essential oils, how to choose ".

Remember, then, that forperfume the house in a natural wayyou can use a large number of indoor plants capable of purifying the air by acting as a filter, or simple elements such as tea, coffee, chamomile ... just a little ingenuity and a pinch of knowledge.

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