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DIY Air Freshener

If you suffer from allergies or you’re trying to avoid the chemicals and synthetics in commercial air fresheners give this DIY Air Freshener a try! Aren’t they cute?

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I am not going to make any false claims here. These DIY Air Fresheners smell NOTHING like store – bought air fresheners, but do you know why? They’re all natural! Commercial air-fresheners are filled with toxic chemicals that can lead to a vast array of health issues especially for those who suffer from allergies. Besides that they never seem to actually get rid of odors. Instead odors are masked by an overpowering synthetic sweet smell which can be a bit nauseating.

Last summer we renovated the bathrooms in our home. The renovations went well and we planned our summer holiday so that the workmen could complete the work on the actual bath while we were away. So thankfully no missed baths. 🙂 After the renovations were complete I began the search for pretty accessories to complement each room. I wanted to create a serene feel in the rooms so I decided on a lavender theme.

In keeping with the theme I searched many home shops for a ‘natural’ lavender air freshener but came up blank. Eventually I gave up. It wasn’t until one day when I went to replace the jar of baking soda that I keep in my fridge as a deodorizer that it occurred to me that this easy, natural solution could also work in rooms. By neutralizing acids and bases, baking soda just seems to magically suck up odors. The only problem was that a plain jar of baking soda wasn’t gonna cut it in my new ‘fancy’ bathroom so I got to work with some burlap and pretty ribbon . Here’s how you can make those cute little DIY Air Fresheners for your home.

DIY Air Freshener – How to

You will need a glass jar (sterilized food jars or mason jars) baking soda, essential oils, a breathable piece of fabric like burlap or muslin and pretty ribbon. Fill your jar halfway with baking soda. Add herbs and 5 -10 drops of essential oil to the baking soda. Mix with a fork to distribute the essential oils and herbs. Cover the jar with fabric and tie with pretty ribbon. You can also add a couple drops of essential oil to the underside of the fabric to help intensify the smell. If you’re using mason jars with removable lids you can replace the lid with scrapbook paper or fabric and punch a few holes in it. As you can see you’ve got options. 😉

diy air freshener

The smell from these will never be as strong as commercial scented plug-ins but the room is left smelling fresh and odor free! If you would like a more intense smell I highly recommend an Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser . All you need to do is add a couple drops of your favourite essential oils or blends to your diffuser and the room will be filled with a scent of your choice.

DIY Air Freshener (Lavender)

Baking soda
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender flower budsdiy air freshener

When my little princess saw what I had created for the bathrooms she insisted I make one for her room. I had her go through my essential oils to choose a scent and to my surprise she chose lemon.

DIY Air Freshener (Lemon)

Baking soda
Lemon Essential Oil
Grated lemon rind

diy air freshener

 

I was on a roll, so I also created an air freshener for the home office with sweet orange and cinnamon. This is my favourite by far. The spicy sweet smell (and really good music) helps keep this food blogger motivated.. 🙂

DIY Air Freshener (Sweet Orange & Cinnamon)

Baking soda
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Cinnamon stick
Grated orange rind

diy air freshener

 

These DIY Air Fresheners are environmentally friendly and super easy to make and as a bonus they can also be used as a carpet deodorizer. Simply sprinkle the mixture over your carpets and vacuum it up. I’ve found these awesome decorative mason jar lids which would turn them into a perfect shaker. They come in a wide variety of colors. I am going to order some along with a few mason jars to make these DIY Air Fresheners as gifts.

 

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DIY air freshener

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DIY Air Freshener
 
If you suffer from allergies or you’re trying to avoid the chemicals and synthetics in store-bought air fresheners then you need to make these DIY Air Fresheners!
Ingredients
  • Baking Soda
  • Essential Oils
  • Dried herbs
Instructions
  1. Fill jar half full with baking soda
  2. Add dried herbs if using
  3. Add 5 to 15 drops of essential oil
  4. Mix with a fork to distribute the essential oils and herbs
  5. Cover the jar with fabric and tie with pretty ribbon
  6. Replace the mixture every 1 to 3 months as needed
  7. Shake jar occasionally
  8. Top up with additional essential oil at any time to refresh

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrika
    May 14, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Greetings Krystal, I created something similar with dried peppermint leaves from my garden last year. Put the leaves into a small basket and placed in bathroom. In winter the steam from our shower released the aroma. Helped with sinus.
    Love this idea! Keep up the healthy work

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Oh that sounds fab Katrika! Whenever my little one has a cold I place some dried peppermint leaves,eucalyptus,lavender buds and chamomile flowers into a bowl of hot water. The aroma from the steam really helps to clear her stuffy nose and calm her. Isn’t it wonderful to have such natural remedies 🙂

  • Reply
    Nancy
    January 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Wonderful idea! I’m trying to do all natural for my husband’s allergies! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      January 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      That’s great Nancy!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn
      February 29, 2016 at 4:58 am

      Do you need to put the herbs in? Also is there another substitute for burlap?

      • Reply
        Krystal
        March 2, 2016 at 5:06 pm

        Hi Caitlyn yes you need to put the herbs in. Any breathable fabric like muslin or cheesecloth would also work.

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    Lillian corral
    December 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    What kind of dri herbs do you use to put in the baking soda and oils for air fresh?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      December 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Lillian, I use dried lavender flowers for the lavender air freshener .

  • Reply
    Palak
    October 22, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Hi, I loved the jars. Can you please tell me which brand’s tomato sauce it is?
    Thanks.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      October 23, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Hello Palak I live in Spain. The tomato sauce is a local supermarket brand. I can’t even remember the name and I don’t have any in my pantry at the moment sorry.

  • Reply
    Betty
    August 6, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Love these! What size is the jar?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      August 11, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Betty, the jars are recycled tomato sauce jars, they’re 160g each.

  • Reply
    Claire
    July 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Definitely going to try this! How long does the scent last? When it has gone do you need to start from scratch with fresh soda or can you just stir in some more oil to keep the same jar going?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      July 28, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Hi Claire, the scent is not very strong at all but even after it fades the baking soda does do an excellent job of sucking up bad odors. You can refresh the jar with a couple drops of EO every couple weeks and make a fresh batch monthly. It really depends I play it by air.

      • Reply
        Claire
        July 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

        Thank you!

  • Reply
    Sue@Natural Living
    June 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Lovely natural air freshener recipes; very practical solution to avoiding toxic ingredients. Thanks for this.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      June 25, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Very glad you like it 🙂

  • Reply
    LaVonne Hegland
    June 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Wondering where you bought the cute little bottles to put the baking soda in?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      June 25, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Hi LaVonne the little bottles are recycled tomato sauce jars.

  • Reply
    Lou Lou Girls
    April 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    This looks so incredible! Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 27, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you!! I’ll be back for sure!

  • Reply
    Metzli
    April 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. Im definitely following your pinterest board now 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Metzli!

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    Mila
    April 24, 2015 at 3:39 am

    It looks great and simple, I’ll try it. But I just can’t find where to get the burlap : (

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Mila, are you able to buy from Amazon? I have included a link in the post for the burlap. If not a local fabric store may have. Let me know how you get on!

  • Reply
    Amber
    April 20, 2015 at 12:19 am

    What a super idea!! I love orange and cinnamon together. Thanks for linking up with us again at the Best of the Blogosphere! I’m always excited to see your next post! 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 20, 2015 at 12:27 am

      Thanks Amber! It’s my favourite combo. Always a pleasure linking up. See you next week!

  • Reply
    Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate
    April 14, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I love healthy DIY products and I have everything needed for the orange! Thanks for sharing, I can not wait to give it a try!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks Dina! You and me both. Hope you like it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    April 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I love this idea! Those little jars are so cute too! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Emily!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    April 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Wow! These are so cute. I love them. They would make a great gift too!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Linda! They’re really cute aren’t they

  • Reply
    Alicia (The Soft Landing)
    April 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I actually have everything I need to make the Lavender air freshener (even the lavender flowers!) and I can’t wait to try it! My friends will be SO impressed 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      That’s great Alicia!

  • Reply
    karen
    April 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I love these! Love the shaker tops! I always spill my baking soda or coffee grounds. Love the burlap trimming too. So cute!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 14, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks Karen!

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