When it comes to the air in our homes, I think most of us evaluate how “clean” it is by how it smells. If it smells fresh or pleasant, we consider the air to be clean (or at least clean enough.)
But truly clean air is about more than just the way it smells. Clean air is free of:
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- Mold spores
- Harmful bacteria
- Airborne toxins
Today I’ll be sharing a simple tip that can help you keep the air in your home as clean as possible. But before we get to that, it’s important to understand why reaching for an air freshener spray isn’t such a good idea!
The Problem With Air Fresheners
Many commercial air freshener sprays contain chemicals that have been linked to all sorts of health problems. A 2007 review from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 out of the 14 popular air fresheners they evaluated contained hormone-disrupting phthalates.
And considering that air fresheners do little more than cover up unpleasant smells, using them in your home just doesn’t seem worth the risk!
The Easy & Natural Way To Clean The Air In Your Home
Luckily for us, there’s no reason to bother with air fresheners at all when you have an essential oil diffuser! Diffusing essential oils is an easy way to cleanse the air of things you’d rather not be breathing.
A 2018 review suggests that certain essential oils, including clove, oregano, and lemon, can have an anti-fungal effect on air quality. That’s part of the reason why I use my Defend essential oil blend in my diffuser so frequently!
In addition to clove, oregano, and lemon oils, Defend blend also contains cinnamon, lime, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, and spearmint oils. Many of these oils have cleansing effects and can help soothe respiratory issues, making it a great option for cleaning the air.
You can find Defend blend and other Essentials by Jillee products in my shop. If you’re in need of a diffuser too, be sure to check out the Immunity Kit too, which includes a 15ml bottle of Defend blend, a 10 ml Defend roll-on bottle, and a diffuser.
My Favorite Times To Diffuse Defend
There’s never a bad time to freshen up the air, but here are a couple of situations where I find it particularly beneficial:
- While Cleaning – When I’m dusting and/or vacuuming, I hate the feeling that I’m kicking up a bunch of dust and grime into the air. Diffusing Defend, or any other oil for that matter, helps me breathe easy and it leaves my home smelling extra clean!
- While Driving – Sometimes the air in my car feels less than fresh, whether it’s because it needs a good vacuuming or because I’m driving through truck exhaust on the highway. That’s when it’s nice to have my diffuser on hand, because it’s actually small enough to fit right into my cup holder and plugs into any USB port! Or our handy car diffuser is another great option. (No diffuser? No problem! Improvise by adding a few drops of your essential oil to a cotton ball, then use a clothespin to clip it to your car’s air vent.)
Bonus Tip: Keep The Door Open!
Whenever you’re running a diffuser in a small room, it’s important to make sure the room is properly ventilated. That can be as simple as keeping the door open, or turning on a small fan.
This is especially important if you have pets around, because they can be very sensitive to the potent aromas of essential oils. Just make sure they have the option to leave the room if they want to!
What’s one way that you keep the air in your home clean?