It wasn't until the past few years that I started checking the labels and ingredients of things I put in, on, and around my body. Truth be told, it probably started becoming a more regular thing because of Vanessa. When we first started dating, she would come over to my apartment in North Miami Beach and I would cook her dinner. She would sit at my counter and chat while I cooked, and I would always have a candle or two burning. I loved candles. It wasn't until I guess she got more comfortable that she told me what we were really inhaling from those chemicals. They weren't soy candles. They weren't all-natural. They were $3.99 from Walmart. I guess I never really checked, or cared.
I was glad that she mentioned something, because I probably wouldn't gone through life obliviously lighting these paraffin wax candles which emitted toxins like benzene and toluene, which when burned become carcinogens.
Let's just say I also used Febreeze to freshen up certain things....and that didn't go over to well either.
It wasn't until living in the RV full-time that we realized we needed something to help the place smell nice that wasn't spreading toxins throughout the air. Most air fresheners on the market today sure do smell nice (yeah, I want my house to smell like the inside of a baking apple drenched in cinnamon, too) but the amount of s*&t in those fresheners that can potentially harm you and your family is astounding.
Here are a few chemical agents that most basic air fresheners contain:
In fact, it's been said that air fresheners these days can be potentially more harmful than cigarettes. No freaking way. You think you're just freshening up the house, but no. You're really just keeping your family locked in a chemical sarcophagus.
For us, we decided to create a simple all-natural air freshening technique that wouldn't harm us or our animals. The scent is entirely up to you. We like to use things on the lighter side—sweet orange, lemon, eucalyptus. But whatever floats your boat works. Here is what you need:
The Roamans' All-Natural Air Freshener
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