You only need a few ingredients to make a homemade air freshener, and that’s the great thing about it. You’ll save money making your own, and you won’t be filling your home’s air with irritants.
As research is starting to show, commercial cleaning products and air fresheners significantly contribute to indoor air pollution. This, in turn, is associated with a variety of unpleasant health conditions. That’s why it’s so important to know what’s in your cleaning products and to take steps to maintain healthy indoor air.
Homemade Air Freshener Recipes
Here are three homemade air fresheners to mix and match around your home. Use them as room sprays or add fragrance to your home with a heated or reed diffuser.
As a room spray: To use any of these, add them to a spray bottle and mist the air. Do not spray delicate fabrics (i.e., silk) or leather, since the essential oils may leave spots. Shake well before each use.
In a mist diffuser: Fill an electric fragrance diffuser with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the liquid and allow the heat to spread the aroma through your home. Refill as needed. (Here’s the diffuser that I use — it’s battery-operated, which means I can put it anywhere in a room. It looks great on my coffee table!)
In a reed diffuser: Fill a bottle or jar 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 as needed.
Homemade Air Freshener Using Essential Oils
If you want, vary the scent based on the season. In the winter, try cinnamon, clove, ginger, and orange oils. In the spring, make a homemade air freshener featuring lighter scents like lavender with lemon, or grapefruit and rose. The point is: experiment with fragrances and discover what smells suit you. That’s half the fun!
1.5 ounces of distilled water
1.5 ounces of cheap vodka
20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils
1. Combine and use as a spray, or in reed or electric diffuser.
2. Store unused mixture in a cool, dark place.
Deodorizing Homemade Air Freshener
The use of vinegar in this homemade air freshener recipe also eliminates odors while adding fragrance, too. It does a brilliant job of deodorizing garbage cans and diaper pails.
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 whole cloves or 1 stick cinnamon
1. Combine all ingredients in a small pan on the stove.
2. Bring to a boil then turn off heat and allow to reach room temperature.
3. Strain and store unused portion in a cool, dark place.
Lemony Fresh Homemade Air Freshener
While lemon juice does neutralize baking soda, that’s only relevant when we’re trying to use the baking soda for cleaning. Here, the reaction doesn’t destroy baking soda’s odor-killing power. The combination leaves a nice, clean fragrance.
2 cups hot water
1/8 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice (doesn’t have to be fresh)
1. Combine the water and baking soda in a deep bowl. Stir until the baking soda fully dissolves.
2. Slowly add the lemon juice — it will fizz, but that’s why you’re using a deep bowl.
3. Once fizzing stops, transfer the mixture to a bottle for use.
4. Store unused portion in a cool, dark place.