Homemade Air Freshener

How to make homemade air freshener from HousewifeHowTos.comYou 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!

Article continues below

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.

Equipment You May Need:


  1. Jamie Cross says

    Loving your blog! Your lists are so helpful and your homemade cleaning supplies make me feel so much better when it comes to family and pet exposure. Question… When you make the air freshener #1, do you ever double or even triple the recipe? It doesn’t seem like it would last too long in such a small amount. Thanks so much!

  2. Liz Smits says

    I decided to get serious about being a stay at home mom this year and found your site. I am 41 and have four children, three of which are still at home. I have always been a clean fanatic but I am learning so much from your site. It’s amazing how many places you forget to clean. Thank you so much for taking the time to put your to do list up for me to share. It is like you are doing half my work for me.

    • Katie Berry says

      Thank you for the kind words, Liz! Being a full-time SAHM is tough work, and it’s so difficult to keep track of all the little things we’re expected to do on top of the obvious care-taking, cooking and cleaning. Kudos to you for the time and effort you’re putting into it!

  3. shabnam E' phyu win says

    How much of gelatine is in one packet?im asking for the recipe of air freshner gels. I cant get gelatines in packets here so…i would like to approximate.Like in tablespoons or cups?

      • shabnam E' phyu win says

        Thanks so much for replying.I love doing housework and your recipes are great.They leave my house smelling fresh and clean.With a 8 month old baby crawling around in my house…i fear using harsh chemicals.Eventhough Dettol is safe…i switched with your alcohol based recipes.Currently im using grapefruit smell in my floor cleaner and citrus essence in all purpose cleaner. :)

        Lots of love.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *