I did take the easy route and get it shampooed and was left with a vanilla car freshener which, to be honest, actually made me feel slightly ill. Fortuitously, I met my friend Lynda (one half of weddingcandles.ie) and she gave me an amazing tip which worked so well that it led me to look up other natural car freshener ideas and put together other tips I use around the house.
I have to say, I'm not a purist when it comes to these things, I like my make up and perfumes and lots of things which aren't 100% natural but I am sensitive to chemicals and mostly prefer not to use bleach or harsh chemicals around the house. My favourite products are the Ecover range and if you haven't discovered this already, do check out ecobaby.ie and buy the large quantity - saves money, you don't have to think about purchasing again for ages and it saves on containers too.
If you want to be super thrifty and avoid chemicals there are lots of things you can do yourself at home. Firstly, my amazing car freshener tip thanks to Lynda is put rice and lavender in a sock or sachet and leave on dashboard. I actually had a bag with lavender at home so I half filled with rice which absorbs damp and half with lavender which releases a lovely scent. My car was parked out in the sun the other day and when I got in, the lavender was wafting throughout the car, so gorgeous and without the overpowering chemicals that are usually in car fresheners.
Baking soda is the best product ever, has a multitude of uses and totally natural. It's a great oven cleaner, just make a paste with some water, spread it around your oven and leave for a while, then wipe clean, works amazingly well! Baking soda is also great for absorbing smells so leave a little tub at the back of the fridge to keep it fresh.
If you have a problem with mold, clove oil is extremely effective, mix a few drops with water in a spray container (you can get these in any garden store or euro shop usually) and spray on to the affected area, leave for a while, then wipe clean.
Lemons are another amazing thing to use at home -