Commercial air fresheners are filled with chemicals that are meant to neutralize or mask odors. They can be expensive if you use them often, and sometimes the scents used to mask odors can be overpowering. Making your own homemade air freshener is simple, costs much less and allows you to control how much fragrance you use. Try either of these methods for making air freshener at home and smell the difference.
How to Make Spray Air Freshener
This air freshener is meant to be sprayed into the air or onto fabrics. It contains baking soda to help neutralize odors, rather than just covering them up. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to help add a pleasant fragrance to the air as well.
- Distilled water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Two to four drops of your favorite essential oil
- Spray bottle
- Put the baking soda in a small bowl or dish and add as much essential oil as you desire. Remember that you can always add more if you prefer a stronger scent, so proceed with caution.
- Mix the baking soda with the essential oil until the oil has been well absorbed by the baking soda.
- Pour the baking soda into a spray bottle and fill the bottle to the top with distilled water.
- Spray into the air or onto any surface that needs freshening.
This air freshener can be sprayed onto nearly any surface. Be sure to do a small test spot on sensitive fabrics, such as silk, or areas that cannot be cleaned easily before spraying liberally.
How to Make Gel Air Fresheners
Gel air fresheners release a constant scent that can help to freshen the air around them. These homemade gel air fresheners last about 6 weeks; place them in the bathroom, the car, near a litter box or anywhere you want a pleasant scent.
- 3 small jars
- Food coloring
- Essential oil
- 2 cups distilled water
- 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Put two to three drops of your choice of food coloring into each jar.
- Pour 1 to 2 teaspoons of essential oil into each jar. Set the jars aside.
- Boil one cup of water and dissolve the four packets of gelatin in the boiling water.
- Pour in the additional water and the salt.
- Mix well and remove from heat.
- Pour the gelatin mixture into each of the jars. You may wish to use a funnel to help direct the liquid without spills; use caution as the gelatin is extremely hot.
- Stir the mixture in each jar to get an even mix of color and scent.
- Let the jars sit undisturbed for 24 hours to allow the gelatin to cool and set.
Use the jars for up to six weeks before rinsing out the remaining solution and making some more.
Freshen Your Home
Homemade air fresheners can be as strong or as subtle as you want them to be. Experiment with making your own air fresheners using your favorite scents and see how easy and inexpensive it is to freshen your home.