Oh, how I would love for my house to always smell fresh and clean! That of course, is a bubble that has been burst MANY a times by....um, not so pleasant odors. The culprits? Lingering cooking odors (I love to cook with onions and garlic), the hubby who comes home from work a hot mess and the toddler who loves to run around all day long (whoever thinks body odor starts at puberty is WRONG). Of course, me, myself and I have never contributed to any offensive odors in our home..I just smell like roses all the time!
I love candles and those scented oil plug-ins to help freshen up my home's scent, but I also enjoy the quick-fix a good air freshener brings. The downside is they're filled with chemicals that sometimes tend to override the pleasant smell they're supposed to bring. Sorry, but I don't like my home smelling like nasty chemicals-that and they're bad for you.
Yeah, I totally forgot the "e" in the word "freshener" when editing this photo, but that's beside the point...
After three attempts at making my very own air freshener, I finally got it!
Here's what you need:
-a spray bottle (I just used an old Mrs. Meyers Countertop Spray bottle that I rinsed really well)
-1 cup water (not pictured)
-2 tablespoons alcohol (although I think 1 would be better)
-20-30 drops essential oil/s (I used 25 drops of lemon and 15 drops eucalyptus- lovely combination)
Simply pour the water, alcohol and oils into your bottle and shake it, baby!
Actually, you will need to shake it prior to every use- don't forget that or you're going to wonder what happened to your lovely scent.
What didn't work for me:
-adding baking soda: it clogged the spray's nozzle!
-using only water and essential oils: no matter how many drops I added (and I added PLENTY) the scent wasn't very strong and didn't linger at all!
The winning solution my family is now loving (even my daughter will say, "Mmmmm, Mom. It smells good.") is actually a linen spray but I use it mostly as an air freshener (I'm very careful with what I spray on my linens since I have sensitive skin). I adapted this little recipe from this one.
The combination of the lemon and eucalyptus is so very fresh, clean and invigorating! Love, love, love it- and I can't wait to experiment with other oils (lavender is really calling out to me!)
What oils would you love to try this DIY air freshener recipe with?
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