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In the winter, we tend to spend most of our time indoors everything inside. There is more takeout, kitchen garbage, dirty linen, and pet litter to deal with as a consequence of living in close quarters. Furthermore, people who are sick, lethargic, or depressed and who have not been out for days may become too accustomed to rank smells far past the point of when they could do something about it.

Avoid Masking the Problem with Incense and Air Fresheners

Unfortunately, commercial air fresheners only serve to mask the odors in the air instead of neutralizing the offensive odors. They work on the principle that the stronger smell “wins” the war of what you smell because your nasal passages cannot pick up more than one odor at once. Many air fresheners also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have may cause asthma, cancer, and lead to neurological damage. Many also contain phthalates as well as chemicals that are linked to birth defects and developmental disorders in children.

Incense is not necessarily the answer to this issue either as incense contains a mixture of natural and unnatural that once burned, creates inhalable particulate matter. Incense smoke not only contains carcinogens but also irritants that could lead to inflammation.

Rid Your Space of Smells Naturally

Here are some ways to get rid of the odors in your home without having to resort to the use of chemical-laden commercial air fresheners.

Sanitize all of your surfaces with a mild disinfectant bleach solution. Household chlorine bleach is caustic and can emit fumes, which is why it is important to dilute it and never use it at full strength. A safe strength is a mix of ¼ cup of bleach with 2 ¼ cups of water that is poured into a spray bottle. Aside from eliminating odors from bacteria and mold, bleach will also help prevent the spread of viruses in your home.

Scrub counters and sinks with lemon juice. Mix lemon juice with baking soda to make a cleaning paste to wipe away bacteria from taps, stoves, refrigerators, and other metal surfaces. You can also simply cut the lemon in half, dip it in baking soda, and use it as a scented scrubber.

Place boxes of baking soda where there are odors. Most of us know that a box of baking soda can be placed inside of a refrigerator, but it can also be placed anywhere in your home where this is an odor.

Take the garbage and recycling out every day. If your home smells a bit rank, it might be because of garbage piling up under the sink.

Don’t let dirty laundry pile up. Do your laundry as often as possible to lessen your need to use artificial air fresheners and incense to make your home smell nice.

Fill your rooms with flowers or fresh herbs (unless you are allergic to them.) This is the most natural way to add an aroma to the air without exposing yourself to chemicals.

Open the windows wide and let the fresh air in. This helps dissipate odors in a home.

Do you suffer environmental illnesses like chronic fatigue, asthma, or allergies? For more information about how to deal with environmental illnesses, or to book a consultation about anti-aging, naturopathic testing, Toronto weight loss programs, or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products. You can also call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. Send an email to and we would be happy to answer any questions that you have about our holistic health services.


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