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Air fresheners are loved in the home because they leave your space smelling fresh and pleasant. However, many traditional, store-bought air fresheners have several chemicals and toxins in them that have made some people move to a homemade, do-it-yourself air freshener. Here are a few options to get your home smelling great in the greenest way possible.

A simmer pot. Simmer pots are excellent options to replace candles, especially if you plan on having guests over. Fill a pot with 2/3 cup water, one sliced lemon, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and a few rosemary sprigs. Put this on a few hours prior to the arrival of your guests so that your apartment is engulfed in this soothing, natural smell. This is a delicious scent and a very easy option!

Homemade reed diffuser. Creating your own reed diffuser is simpler than you think! Simply fill a vase with 20-25 drops of the essential oil of your choice, pour in ¼ cup of baby oil to fill the rest of the vase, put 4-5 rattan diffuser or bamboo sticks into the solution, and voila! Freshen the scent by flipping the sticks every few days.

Potpourri. Everyone loves a good batch of potpourri! It is a longer process, but it is still simple nonetheless. Not only does it smell incredible, it is an item of décor in your home. All you need is some essential oil and dried flowers. Pick your favourite flowers for the project and tie them together at their stems. For the flowers to dry out, they will need to hang upside down for a few weeks. Once they are dried out, put the flower heads into a jar with a few drops of the oil. You will need to close the jar and let the flower buds absorb the oil for a week. Then put your homemade potpourri into a bowl or vase of your choice!

Spray. Many people prefer spray air fresheners because they are easy to use and store, and it freshens the space immediately. To make your own, purchase some empty spray bottles (or use old ones you have around the house). Fill the bottle with 6 ounces of filtered water, 20-40 drops of essential oil, and 1 ounce of rubbing alcohol. You can play around with your favourite scents to find your perfect air freshener, but it is important to make a new mixture every month.