I'm always surprised at the chemical companies that offer a product for removing odor. They show illustrations of dirty things that smell good, without ever talking about how clean things don't have a bad smell to begin with.
That's not to say there aren't occasions when we need to neutralize odor, but it's about cleaning and freshening up, not "covering up odors", which is what products such as Febreze actually do - they don't remove the molecules causing the odor, just 'trap' it within chemicals so that you can't smell it anymore.
And then, of course, are the dangerous effects of using chemicals in our home. As explained in this article on Febreze, such products contain chemicals that can be linked to everything from cancer to auto-immune disorders.
And think about this: We're not suppose to inhale chemicals, but the entire purpose of air freshners, such as Febreze, is to inhale it in order to smell it!
There is a healthy alternative. Below are the natural ways of removing odor without having to resort to using a dangerous chemical in your home, especially one whose entire purpose is to inhale it.
The first step in knowing how to remove odors is knowing how to prevent them. Remember, odors are caused by bacteria. And bacteria need damp, dark places to grow. So a big part of removing odor is to remove habits that cause odor. Hanging towel bars to keep them off the floor, drying wet items on a line before throwing them in the hamper and taking out the trash are some more obvious examples. But look for other areas where moisture may collect and fix any leaks or condensation you might find, such as under sinks or with bathroom rugs hat can be hung after showering.
Use these techniques by themselves or mix and match to find what will work for each item.
With a few good habits and some natural alternatives for removing odor you'll never find a need for chemical spray deodorizers.
Learn how to remove odors from your home naturally and safely is just one way to ensure healthy and sustainable living.
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Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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