February 2011

How to Scent Your Home Without Chemicals

I’ll admit it. Those chemically-laden candles, sprays, plug-ins and other products made to mask our odors can be pretty appealing. I like to waltz down the candle aisle and sniff all of the candles as much as the next person. However, I know that not only are these products most likely filled with toxic crap that I don’t want in my home—from acetone to chloromethane to acetaldehyde—I also know that they are too expensive for me to buy.

Fortunately, there are other, more practical ways to obtain a pleasantly-scented home. Here are a few ways to do that.

Use pleasantly-scented eco-friendly products in your home. There are plenty of detergents and soaps that have wonderful smells that will fill your home with them. Method products are my favorite. Right now we enjoy using tangerine and sweet water-scented soaps in our home.

The Laundry Workout

I often find myself without the time that I need to work out these days—especially since I’ve been going to bed at a reasonable hour after promising that I would for years (finally!). To compensate, I’ve been doing what I call “The Laundry Workout.” It’s so simple that almost anyone could do it, as long as you have a washer and dryer at home.

First, get your laundry going. That’s easy enough. I don’t put much stock into separating, myself, unless it’s whites (particularly my daughter’s taekwondo uniform) versus some new item of clothing someone bought for my daughter, who is pretty much only member of the house who gets clothes other than the used variety as such. Other than having some music on and dancing a bit while doing this, and while putting items in the dryer, that’s the extent of this part of the workout.