Apr 25, 2013

DIY Air Freshener

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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Unknown said...

Nice! I'd like to have a giant one here in Shanghai! Sometimes the air is so dirty and polluted (like now) that it STINKS and I can't see the buildings in from of me!

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Crafty Lumberjacks said...

We can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

I use water with vinegar and it works pretty well. I'm thinking of adding some alcohol so then it'll dry faster. Thanks for the idea. Stopping by from Housewife How To's.


Unknown said...

Nice...i should try this out...thakns for sharing

Unknown said...

A great idea...pinning!!
Stopping by from The Weekend re-Treat!

Sharon said...

I have tried quite a few do-it-yourself things, but I have yet to try the air freshener. Anything that saves me money, I'm all for trying. Will definitely put it on my to do list. Pinning so I can remember to go back and try it.

posh said...

That's a great idea!

Stopping by from Diana's Pin Me linky Party to say hello and to pin.
Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

Wow, this is great. I cannot wait to give it a try.

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

What a great idea! I'm going to pin this and try it soon! Stopping by from Give Me The Goods Monday :)

Unknown said...

I really want to try this. Thanks for sharing! We have a 5 year old boy, so our downstairs bathroom always smells unpleasant, no matter how often it is cleaned. My hubby remarked that he now even associates the smell of our air freshener with the stinky bathroom, so it is no good anymore. Perhaps something like this will freshen things up.

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I would love to have you!

Anonymous said...

Do you mean rubbing alcohol or booze?

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

Such a great idea, Selene! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you bring next week ;)
Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

Theresa said...

I'd love to make some lemon air freshener. We have a new puppy & you know,lol. The training is going pretty good though. I wanted to stop back by & wish you a Happy Mother's Day! xo Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

Anonymous said...

I do this but instead of alcohol I use Vodka as it is virtually unscented (plan on buying some Everclear for this purpose, but haven't gotten around to it yet). I also heard that the chlorine in treated tap water breaks down the essential oils and distilled water is best.

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Cleaningsupplies4u.com offers you a large variety of air fresheners that will make your house or work place smell good.

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