When it comes to clearing the air, you should can the artificial sprays, gels, and plug-ins: Not only is the packaging wasteful, scientists now say many air fresheners can aggravate asthma and pose other health risks, including developmental problems in babies. Most fragrance products, including ones labeled “all natural,” contain dangerous chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, and phthalates. For a green alternative:
- Burn beeswax candlesticks or candles that are lightly scented without the use of chemical additives.
- Make potpourri out of dried flowers, cinnamon sticks, and essential oils
- Bundle sage or lavender and dry it, then hang it in any room or in the kitchen pantry.
- Collect fallen pine bows and pine cones and use as a tabletop “scenterpiece.”
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