9 DIY Air Freshener Ideas That Will Leave Your Home Smelling Amazing

There’s nothing worse than coming home to a stale or musty smell. But before you reach for a sweet smelling spray, you might want to think twice.

According to a 2012 study conducted by the Silent Spring Research Institute, products that emit fragrance like air fresheners, fabric softeners and perfumes have been linked to asthma triggers and the growth of breast cancer cells.

Fortunately, the info graphic below by home experts Chadwicks details nine all-natural ways to make your home smell a little bit fresher. From coffee beans to candles to oils and oranges, these are just a handful of items that can deodorize even the smelliest spaces.

And even if you don’t think your house smells, it turns out you’re probably just used to it. According to the Science of Us’s interview with cognitive psychologist Pamela Dalton, when you smell something, new signals are sent to your brain and are processed as threatening or non-threatening. Once a smell is deemed non-threatening, the receptors in your nose turn off and the smell itself starts to fade from your memory, but not from your house.

Checkout the infographic below for nine easy ways to tackle those smells without the toxins.