4 Ways to Freshen Your Indoor Air Without Febreze

Who doesn’t love a home with clean, fresh air? We put together a list of 4 smart ways to achieve fresher, healthier air in your home without the use of store-bought air fresheners.

1. Make a DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener

Baking soda is a world-famous odor absorber and can be used to make a simple air freshener that’s free of the VOCs and questionable chemicals found in many store-bought air fresheners.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of baking soda

  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil

  • 1 small, glass canning jar

  • Enough cheesecloth to cover the top of the jar

Here is how to make the air freshener:

  • Combine the baking soda and essential oil in the jar until they are well-blended.

  • If you prefer a stronger scent, add 5 to 10 more drops of essential oil and mix again.

  • Cover the lid of the jar with the cheesecloth, and fasten the cheesecloth in place with a ribbon or rubber band.

  • Place the air freshener wherever you would to freshen the air. Give it a shake every once in a while to refresh the scent.

2. Use Your Kitchen’s Exhaust Fan

If you don’t particularly like using your kitchen’s exhaust fan, the following information may change your mind. Ovens and stoves that are powered by natural gas or propane release harmful indoor pollutants when cooking or baking food. Some of the pollutants include toxic chemicals and compounds such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.

Running your kitchen’s exhaust fan while you're cooking and for at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking can help to eliminate odors from your home as well as these harmful indoor air pollutants.

3. Grow Air-Purifying Houseplants

In actuality, all houseplants are capable of purifying your indoor air because of the way they absorb gas through their leaves’ pores. (Yes, plants have pores too!) Multiple studies have shown that while plants absorb carbon dioxide in order to facilitate photosynthesis, they also absorb additional gases and many volatile organic compounds commonly found in homes, including formaldehyde and benzene.

When people refer to “air-purifying plants”, they are frequently referring to plants that (according to research) are the best at removing indoor air pollutants. Some of those plants include areca palms, English ivy, Boston ferns, peace lilies, snake plants, and aloe vera.

4. Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Air duct cleaning is not considered part of your heating and cooling system's regular maintenance, but it is a good idea to get your ducts cleaned every so often in order to banish bad smells and keep up your home’s indoor air quality. It’s particularly important to get your air ducts cleaned under the following circumstances:

  • You see or smell mold growth inside your ductwork.

  • Dust and other debris are clogging your ducts and coming out through your air registers.

  • You’re dealing with a rodent or insect infestation.

If you’re facing one of the issues above, or if you can’t remember the last time your ductwork was cleaned, now could be the perfect time to contact an HVAC professional for a consultation.