How to make homemade air freshener spray

Give Your Home a Signature Scent with a Homemade Air Freshener Spray

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Don’t you just love it when your home smells amazing and fresh? But some of the stuff out there is overwhelming, so that’s why I started making homemade air freshener.

Sometimes, air fresheners only add fragrance, like with my homemade gels. But this spray targets the source of the bad smells while making your home smell good, too.

This DIY Air Freshener Eliminates Odors

There’s more to this spray than just another pretty scent, and here’s why:

Baking soda is a natural ingredient. Its structure lets it capture and hold onto some odor compounds while chemically neutralizing others, particularly acidic ones.

Water acts as a carrier to deliver the baking soda.

Rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant that eliminates bacteria and other microorganisms responsible for some odors. It also helps the homemade air freshener evaporate from surfaces, so it doesn’t leave a residue.

Essential oils add fragrance and some, like the ones used in this DIY air freshener spray, also have microbe-fighting abilities. So they don’t just hide smells, they eliminate them.

Homemade Air Freshener Spray Tips

Remember, just because this is a homemade alternative doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind.

  • Avoid using scents you’re allergic to.
  • Spot test colorfastness before using this on fabric or rugs.
  • Steer clear of leather, silk and other things that should not get wet.

Homemade Air Freshener Spray

This easy spray targets the source of odors to leave your home smelling fresh.
Type of RecipeAir freshener
Use AsSpray
Keywordsair freshener, odor control
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Equipment and Materials

  • 1 Spray bottle (16 ounces or larger)
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Funnel (optional)

Supplies

  • 12 ounces warm water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda bicarbonate in the UK
  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol (isopropyl 70%) surgical spirits in the UK
  • essential oils see the blog post for scent combinations

Steps

Basic Homemade Air Freshener Spray

  1. Add the warm water and baking soda to the spray bottle.
  2. Put on the spray nozzle and shake the bottle vigorously until the baking soda is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the rubbing alcohol and the essential oils from your favorite fragrance recipe. (See the list.)
  4. Put on the sprayer nozzle and shake well to combine everything.

Use

  1. Shake well before each use
  2. Mist the air.

FYI

Safety

Keep pets out of the room until all surfaces have dried.
Do not spray near open flames.

Storage

Store your homemade air freshener spray in a cool, dark place away from heat sources. 
 

Homemade Air Freshener Scent Combinations

Playing with different fragrance combinations is part of the fun! Here are some of my favorites.

Pro Tip

All of these essential oils except chamomile, ginger, and ylang ylang have microbe-fighting properties, making them effective odor eliminators as well as pleasant scents. 

Citrus Refresh: 10 drops orange, 8 drops peppermint essential oils.

At Home in the Woods: 7 drops cedar wood, 5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops frankincense essential oils.

Tranquil Lavender: 10 drops lavender, 5 drops Roman chamomile essential oils.

Blooming Bouquet: 8 drops lavender, 5 drops rose geranium, 4 drops grapefruit essential oils.

Sunny Citrus Breeze: 5 drops sweet orange, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops grapefruit, 5 drops lime essential oils.

Holiday Spice: 6 drops sweet orange, 5 drops cinnamon, 5 drops clove, 3 drops bergamot essential oils.

Warm Welcome: 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops rosemary essential oils.

Spring Clean: 10 drops lavender, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops peppermint essential oils.

Tropical Sunset: 10 drops ylang ylang, 5 drops lime, 2 drops cedar wood essential oils.

Relaxing by the Fire: 4 drops bergamot, 3 drops cinnamon, 3 drops clove, 2 drops ginger essential oils.

Caravan Nights: 10 drops ylang ylang, 5 drops bergamot, 5 drops patchouli essential oils.

Odor Neutralizer: 4 drops tea tree, 8 drops lemon, 6 drops eucalyptus essential oils.

Safety Tip

If you have pets, stick with pet-safe essential oils and play with combinations to find one you like.

Coordinating the essential oils used in your homemade air freshener spray with ones you add to your homemade cleaning products is a wonderful way to give your home a signature scent that makes every room smell amazing.

Now the hard part is deciding which to try first!

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14 Comments

  1. These are wonderful. And thank you for mentioning that some essential oils are toxic to animals. I love eucalyptus, but unfortunately, very toxic for my cats. If you have pets, please do your research.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you like them! I absolutely agree, people need to look into the safety of things like cleaning products and essential oils when they share their home with pets.

  2. Mary White says:

    Love this so much!!!! Thank you!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re welcome!

  3. Sandi Woodward says:

    Hi, These sound amazing but could you tell us how to adapt this for using an aromatherapy diffuser?
    Thanks!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Sandi, I’m sorry I can’t be of help with that.

  4. Hey Katie! I love your blog!! I follow so much of your advice! My question is, when I make your homemade air freshener #3 it has no smell! Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You aren’t smelling the lemon in the Lemony Fresh Air Freshener recipe? Oh no! You’re welcome to add essential oils to it if you’d like additional fragrance.

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker says:

    Very cool! I can’t wait to try these! I’m a new subscriber!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      YAY! I like #2 in the fall and winter; the cloves and vanilla give the house such a warm, spicy smell. 

    2. Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker says:

      I bought my spray bottle today, off to make #2 –only because I have no vodka on hand…I figured red wine wouldn’t have the same effect 😉

    3. Katie Berry says:

      LOL! Red wine would definitely *not* have the effect you’re looking for. On the other hand, if you drink enough of it you won’t care what the house smells like.

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