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?
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. 😉
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)
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)
Lemon Essential Oil
Grated lemon rind
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)
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Grated orange rind
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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- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils
- Dried herbs
- Fill jar half full with baking soda
- Add dried herbs if using
- Add 5 to 15 drops of essential oil
- Mix with a fork to distribute the essential oils and herbs
- Cover the jar with fabric and tie with pretty ribbon
- Replace the mixture every 1 to 3 months as needed
- Shake jar occasionally
- Top up with additional essential oil at any time to refresh