Day 229: Made Eco-Friendly Air Freshener

Day 229: Made Eco-Friendly Air Freshner

Boiled up some citrus rinds in water to make an eco-friendly air freshener.

Check the Household Products Database from the US Department of Health and Human Services for products to see the possible health effects.

What was your simple green act for the day?

  • Society Coyote
    But you needed to use gas to make it boil...
  • Boiling water is a massive waste of energy: you're far better off just not having an air-freshener: in fact, this may be the LEAST environmentally friendly option.
  • sirnaysayer
    So no one is supposed to boil water now? Sounds completely reasonable. I guess we can build a fire instead, but the carbon output from that would be DREADFUL!
  • Mike Lieberman
    Thanks for the comment Justin. My goal isn't to be perfect. If someone wants an air freshener, this is a better decision than to be buy one with all the toxic chemicals and wasted resources.
  • Sorry to be a bit harsh about it, I really should have read around more on the site before commenting.

    My apologies.
  • Mike Lieberman
    No worries bro. All good.
  • ecoseeddotorg
    You can also try doing these:
    1. Going paperless by reviewing and revising documents and paperwork online. This will cut down on printing and paper costs.
    2. If you must, print on recycled paper using both sides of the paper.
    3. Turn off office equipment/electricity when not in use. Make it a habit to turn off air conditioner, the lights, and other electric gadgets when not in use or before going out.
    4. To make turning off lights easy, color-code light switches in your area.
    5. Use thermostats that may be programmed so that air conditioning and heat is turned down automatically at night or when not in use.
    6. Have your computer set to sleep automatically when not in use.
    7. Unplug to save electricity. Some office appliances remain on standby and consume electricity even when turned off. Save power by unplugging at the end of the day.
    8. Instead of throwing away printer ink cartridges, have them refilled.
    9. Have recycling bins placed within employees’ reach to encourage them to recycle.
    10. Provide water dispensers and mugs for the employees to eliminate use of plastic water bottles and disposable cups.
    11. Instead of travelling, use videoconferencing to save on travel costs.
    12. Raise the air conditioning level to save 10% on your air conditioning bill.
    13. Open windows or shades when it is still light out to let the light in instead of turning on the lights.
    14. Process bank transactions online instead of going to banks every day.
    15. Get plants at work. Place live plants in the office to clean the air, also opt to place drought-resistant plants.

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  • Mike Lieberman
    Thanks for the tips.
  • BowersGauthierLarose
    I do the same thing whenever we have apples or oranges that have gone bad.
  • Mike Lieberman
    It worked surprisingly well. Likely could've used a bigger pot though.
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