You only need a few ingredients to make homemade air freshener, and that’s the great thing about it. Not only do you save money making your own, you won’t be filling your home’s air with the toxic chemicals found in commercial air fresheners!
Here are three formulas that I’ve used with success. My favorite is the first recipe, which I like to vary based on the season. In the winter my homemade air freshener involves cinnamon, clove, ginger and orange oils but in the spring I go for lighter scents like lavender with lemon, or grapefruit and rose. The point is: experiment and find what smells suit you. That’s half the fun!
Homemade Air Freshener #1
1.5 ounces of distilled water
1.5 ounces of cheap vodka*
20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils
*I am morally opposed to using the “good stuff” in this instance, and prefer to save it for martinis.
Homemade Air Freshener #2
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 whole cloves
Homemade Air Freshener #3
2 cups hot water
1/8 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice (doesn’t have to be fresh)
How To Use:
As a room spray: To use any of these, simply add them to a spray bottle, shake, and mist the air. Be careful around delicate fabrics (i.e., silk) and leather since the essential oils may leave spots. Since essential oils can degrade quickly, store unused spray in a dark container, ideally in the refrigerator. Shake well before your next use.
In a heated diffuser: Fill the diffuser top with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the liquid and allow the heat to spread the aroma through your home. Refill as needed. NOTE: do NOT use Homemade Air Freshener #1 with open flame as the vodka is highly flammable!
In a reed diffuser: Fill the container 3/4 of the way with your preferred homemade air freshener. Add rattan reeds and wait 2 hours. Turn the reeds end-to-end and insert the dry end into the container. Rotate the reeds daily and refill the container as needed.
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