Free your home and vehicle from the toxic fumes of air fresheners. Do you think they are beautiful and fragrant and completely harmless? There are, of course, products of this range that are advertised as free from toxins, but the clouds of too strong and artificial fragrances largely contradict the idea of summer breeze and natural freshness. And it's so easy to make your own car air freshener, to really smell not only fresh but also to stimulate your senses through its special ingredients.
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The basic rule for having fresh air inside the car is to perform car upholstery cleaning procedure regularly. You have to vacuum your interior every week and get rid of waste, like used coffee cups with remains of coffee on them, remains of food, plastic bags where you have stored your sandwich, etc. These are the major reasons for bad smell in the car.
When performing car upholstery cleaning procedure, don’t forget to take the floor mats out of the car and vacuum beneath them. Clean them with water and dishwashing liquid and leave them to dry completely. Do not rush to put them back in the car while they are still wet because mold may appear very soon.
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Use harmless products for car upholstery cleaning, like baking soda and white vinegar. Both products will remove offensive smell in the car and will cope with old stains.
For refreshing the air inside the car, you can spread citrus fruit peels on the back seats. For a week your car will smell incredibly pleasant. You can place a blade of lavender in your car, and it will always smell adorable.
Ground coffee, stored in your vehicle, will absorb cigarette smoke odor. Opened box of baking soda is also helpful for coping with cigarette smoke odor. In fact, some people place opened boxes of soda inside the fridge to keep it fresh.
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It is also recommended to keep a plastic bag in the car, where to store all the waste. If you have children, tell them to place all the used wet wipes, empty juices’ bottles, packages of snacks in the plastic bag. Once you have reached the final destination, empty the bag and return it back in the car for future use.
Why Air Fresheners are Harmful for Your Health?
Only if you knew exactly what's in the most popular air fresheners you will not enjoy their wonderful scent. Here are some of the ingredients of these "marvelous" flavors:
Acetaldehyde - causes reproductive problems, it is a toxin that affects the immune system, causes itching on the skin, eyes and lungs.
Fragrances - one of the most generic concepts in content. Fragrances themselves contain about 400 ingredients in themselves. Many of their ingredients are known to cause health problems such as depression, headaches, skin irritation.
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Propylene glycol is toxic to the immune system, is thought to be a cause of allergies, accumulates in the body and irritates the skin, eyes and lungs.
1,3-dichloro-2-propanol-toxin that causes cancer.
Methyl pyrrolidone, a toxin that damages the reproductive system, is associated with the appearance of birth defects, allergies, immune system toxicity, skin, eye and lung irritation.
Alcohol denatured - this combination is associated with the development of cancer, congenital malformations, severe toxicity.
These are just some of the harmful substances that make up the chemical structure of the refresher with "natural" flavors. The choice remains in your hands!
And having a homemade car air freshener is such a cheap pleasure! And it will be completely free of toxins. Besides, it will take almost no effort and time.
Make yourself a homemade, environmentally friendly air freshener!
The first advantage of the homemade air freshener is that it is cheap. It is also easy to mix and is especially useful for you and the environment.
For recipe you need:
-1 tablespoons baking soda
-5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil.
First - pour the baking soda into a small bowl and add the drops of essential oil. Stir well with a spoon.
Second - pour the baking soda into an empty bottle with a sprayer and fill it up with water. Close the bottle and shake well to mix the soda and water. When the contents of the bottle become an absolutely homogeneous blend, you can use it to refresh the air in the car. You can also use it for keeping your home fresh as well.
All in all, there are many more other ways for natural car upholstery cleaning. If you are curious to find out how to maintain your vehicle clean with homemade solution, look for information online. There is plenty of helpful information you can benefit from.