Make Your Own Home Air Fresheners
Some of us have people living in their house that do not like scented anything. Others might just be weary that scents may be harmful to your body. Others still may have allergies that, even if they really do like the scented candle section of your local craft store, may have their eyes puff shut if they take a whiff of that Glade Plug-In. Maybe you just don’t want to spend the money on constant refills or replacements for your air freshener.
With all of our houses closing up for the winter, it’s hard to deny that the air can get stagnant. Also, if you’ve ever burnt a bag of popcorn, you really start to notice you don’t have any quick fixes for that. If you’re stuck in one of the above categories or just want to get your house smelling good again in the most natural way possible, below are some recipes that will get your house smelling great in no time.
DIY Oranges, Cinnamon & Cloves Air Freshener
This one works great for a little aromatherapy.
- Place ingredients into a pint-sized jar.
- Place ingredients in a pot on the stove and fill pot with water.
- Heat until water is brought to a simmer (you will start to smell the scent).
- When you’re done with the mixture, place it in a preserve jar to store. Scent can be reused two or three times before you have to remake it.
Homemade Baking Soda/Crock-pot Air Freshener Recipe
If you have some lingering cooking smells, this mixture will zap the smells right out of the air.
- Baking Soda
- Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
- Place small amount of water and baking soda in a crock pot.
- Place slow cooker in whatever room you need to freshen up.
- Set to “Low” with the lid off and let sit.
DIY Home Fragrance Stones Recipe
Here is more aromatherapy that is a little more portable than the first method.
- 1 ½ cups White Flour
- ¼ cup Salt
- ¼ tsp Cornstarch
- 2/3 cup water, brought to a boil
- 1 tbsp Essential Oils (your choice)
- 2 tbsp dried herbs (optional)
- Natural Food Coloring (optional)
- Combine your dry ingredients and put them aside.
- Boil water and stir in your coloring and fragrance oil
- Pour hot water over the dry ingredient mixture.
- Stir this until it forms into dough that you can make into a ball.
- Knead dough to the smooth consistency of pastry dough.
- Pinch pieces of dough off the main ball and roll the fragments into smaller balls in your preferred size.
- Alternately, use cookie cutters to make the dough into shapes.
- Let the balls or shapes completely dry before you use them.
Homemade Essential Oil Spray Recipe
This is a very portable option that can can carry around in a spray bottle.
- Essential Oils (Whatever scent you want!)
- Spray Bottle
- Mix ½ cup of water with 20 drops of your essential oil.
- Pour mixture into spray bottle (you can mix it in here, too, to spare yourself cleanup).
Portable Baking Soda Scent Zapper Recipe
This one is a little like the slow cooker idea above, but doesn’t involve water or power outlets.
- Lidded Container (Literally anything with a lid)
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils (your choice)
- Carefully puncture holes in the lid of your container.
- Fill container half full with baking soda.
- Add essential oils to the baking soda until you get a nice smell and seal shut with lid.
- Whenever you need to freshen up the scent, just give the container a shake to reinvigorate the scent!
Salt-Packed Orange Shell Recipe
This is great for zapping stale, rancid odors out of your fridge.
- Cut orange in half and remove pulp.
- Fill empty skin half full with salt.
- Place in bowl and put in the back of your fridge to absorb nasty odors (salt) and release fresh orange scent (orange peel).
- You can make this with other fruits, such as grapefruit, as well!