Natural alternatives to room sprays

By: Health Local Staff Apr 26, 2013
natural room sprays

There are ways to enjoy different scents in your home without using room sprays containing ingredients that cause sneezing & headaches.

Who doesn’t love walking into a room and being met with a pleasant fragrance that makes the room smell fresh, clean, and inviting? It’s no wonder that room sprays are as popular as they are. Unfortunately, these fragrant sprays can wreak havoc on your sinuses and cause sneezing and even headaches in some people. Don’t worry if you or someone in your home seems to have this type of reaction to rooms sprays—you’re not destined for a scentless home. There are ways that you can enjoy different scents in your home without having to use room sprays containing ingredients that cause sneezing and headaches.

What Is It About Room Sprays That Cause Sneezing and Headaches?
The reason why some air fresheners and room sprays cause sneezing, headaches and other symptoms aren’t the result of a scent that’s just too strong, but rather the toxic chemicals that many contain. Room sprays often contain formaldehyde, ethanol, and benzyl alcohol, all of which can irritate your sinuses and trigger allergic reactions, headaches, and even asthma attacks in some.

Natural room spray alternatives:

Essential oils and distilled water: Adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a spray bottle of distilled water and spraying around a room is a safe and natural way to make your home smell great.

Simmer water and cinnamon: A small pot with water and cinnamon simmering on the stove adds an inviting and comforting fragrance, naturally. Nutmeg, ginger, or vanilla are also fragrant options.

Oil burner or vaporizer: Vaporizing essential oils on an oil burner can fill a room with the fragrance of your choice without any of the harmful chemicals or irritants found in room sprays. These are easily found in most department and housewares stores or online.

Bake bread, cookies, or cake: What better scent than that of something baking? Baking just about any type of cookie or pastry can fill your entire home with a comforting and welcoming fragrance that everyone will love.

Fresh-cut flowers: Placing fresh-cut flowers throughout your home adds subtle scent that is all natural. Just be sure to avoid flowers that someone in your home may be allergic to. Roses and lilac are especially fragrant options easily found at the local supermarket or flower shop.

Along with using these methods to naturally add fragrance to your home, you can rely on fresh air from open doors and windows to help keep unpleasant odors at bay and make your home smell fresh.

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