DIY room deodorizer spray

I think it is fair to say that most of us like a room that smells good. We can see why most of us have room deodorizer sprays. It is estimated that 250 million of us use room deodorizer sprays each year. Unfortunately, many of these room sprays contain harmful chemicals. Today, I would like to show you how easy it is to make a DIY room deodorizer spray and have a non toxic home that has a nice aroma.

Let’s first talk about the harmful ingredients.DIY room deodorizer spray -Fragrances.

Remember that manufacturers are able to label many of the ingredients under “fragrance”. Synthetic fragrances are made of petroleum by products which can be harmful to our health.

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According to Safe Cosmetics,

“Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) prevents the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from compelling manufacturers to disclose the chemical compositions of their fragrances, and instead permits manufacturers to omit labeling their products with the specific chemicals used in their formulation.”

We can see why reading ingredients on the labels may not always be helpful.

Fragrances can also include phthalates. Phthalates are also found in may of the spray bottles themselves and many other items such as toothbrushes, automobile parts, tools, toys, and food packaging. Some are also used in cosmetics, insecticides, and aspirin.

Phthalates are thought to be hormone disruptors, they have been linked to developmental abnormalities, obesity and infertility.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry:

“Because they are not a part of the chain of chemicals (polymers) that makes up plastics, they can be released fairly easily from these products.”

DIY room deodorizer sprayFormaldehyde is another concern with fragrances. Some fragrances contain limonene. It’s commonly used to give a citrus smell. Limonene is not a chemical that poses a big hazard to health. However, once sprayed into our houses, it doesn’t stay as limonene for long.

According to the BBC/York study,

Prof Lewis analysed its reactivity, and discovered that on exposure to ozone – which is present in the air all around us – every two molecules of limonene could produce one molecule of another chemical, formaldehyde.”

Formaldehyde  is listed as a known human carcinogen, which means it can cause cancer. Formaldehyde can also cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat and neurological effects.

According to the Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry,

Indoor air contains higher levels of formaldehyde than outdoor air. Levels of formaldehyde measured in indoor air range from 0.02–4 parts per million (ppm).

There are some  small studies that have shown some house plants such as ivy can help reduce formaldehyde levels

DIY room deodorizer -Safer alternatives

Use spices such as clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Consider make a potpourri collection of pine cones. Sprinkling some spices on top and help add aroma to a room

Essential oils from a reputable company can be used to scent a room.  I say reputable because  there is little regulation of essential oils. You could be buying an oil that is filled with petrochemicals rather than a pure oil derived from a plant. In this scenario, you would be switching one toxin chemical for another toxin chemical.

DIY room deodorizer spray

What you will need,

Essential Oil Spray

6 ounces of purifies water

2 tablespoons of witch hazel or vodka

15 drops of  essential oil. I like lavender but this is your choice.


Mix together

Lemon Spray

What you will need,

1 tsp lemon juice

1 cup water

Spray bottle


Mix the ingredients and spray. Can refrigerate for  up to 3 days with purified water.

Do you have any DIY room deodorizer spray recipes?

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