After a long day at work, everyone wants to get home, where they are greeted by the familiar, cozy scent of their house. However, sometimes this scent is not so inviting, and that could be due to multiple reasons.
Strong smelling food like fish and garlic can make your house smell bad, and so can poor ventilation, especially in the bathroom. You can easily combat this problem by keeping your home clean (duh!) and using air fresheners that will remove the unpleasant odors and fill your house with a beautiful scent.
When choosing an air-freshener, you can either get a store-bought formula or mix and match to create your ideal DIY scent. In this article, let’s talk a little about homemade, DIY air fresheners and how you can customize the recipes to make your home smell amazing!
6 DIY Air Fresheners To Make Your Home Smell Amazing
Why should you choose a DIY air freshener?
When you go to a grocery store, you will see aisles filled with different air fresheners of all colors and flavors. From jasmine to citrus, you can get it all in a ready-made formula, so you may be wondering why it is worth it to DIY your own bottle. However, there are many reasons to choose a homemade DIY air freshener over a store-bought one.
When you get an air freshener from the store, it will almost always smell artificial and perfume-like. Moreover, most of these brands add strong scents and harsh chemicals in their sprays that do nothing to absorb the odor. Instead, they mask it with an even more potent smell. Combine that with the harmful chemicals in the can and the high prices of a bottle of air-freshener, and it should be precisely clear why it is worth it to make DIY air fresheners.
When making a DIY air freshener, you can customize the scent to match your taste, but it will never smell artificial or overly intense. You can combine a variety of essential oils to come up with unique scents that will make your house smell fresh and fabulous! These DIY air fresheners are very easy to make, and you can whip up a bottle for a fraction of the cost of a branded spray.
I wanted to share some fantastic recipes of fresheners you will fall in love with, so let’s begin!
DIY Air freshener ideas
The ideas for DIY air fresheners contain various essential oils and follow the same recipe, and you can choose the ideal scent based on your mood and the weather. You need to gather some materials before you start making the scents, and after that, it’s smooth sailing.
The three core ingredients used in these DIY air fresheners are water, alcohol (vodka/rubbing alcohol), and essential oils. Water forms the base for your spray, while the essential oils provide the scent you need. Alcohol is used to dissolve the oils to be evenly dispersed in the water instead of forming a layer on top. You will also need a spray bottle to make these air fresheners easy to use and convenient. Now let’s go over the necessary steps of making these sprays!
- Combine water and alcohol in a bowl, and add the desired amount of essential oils.
- Use a funnel to transfer the ingredients to a spray bottle.
- Close the bottle and shake vigorously for a few seconds to combine everything.
- You’re done!
Yes, these air fresheners are that easy to make! You can easily customize them to your liking and create a few different flavors that you love. Let’s get started with the ideas!
1) DIY Fresh Citrus Air Freshener
This combination is perfect for a warm summer day when you want to freshen up your house. The crisp citrus works beautifully with the refreshing mint to create the ideal summer DIY air freshener, and you will surely be in an excellent mood afterward!
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of water
- 3 Tablespoons of rubbing alcohol or vodka
- 10 Drops orange essential oil
- 5 Drops lemon essential oil
- 8 Drops peppermint essential oil
Combine the ingredients as described above, spray all over the house, and enjoy!
2) DIY Calming Floral Air Freshener
This spray is the ideal solution to create a calming effect in the bedroom that will instantly soothe your mood. This DIY air freshener uses soothing chamomile and gentle lavender with homey vanilla to create a warm, welcoming environment.
You will need the following ingredients:
1 Cup Water
3 Tablespoons pure Vanilla extract
12 Drops Lavender essential oil
7 Drops chamomile essential oil
Mix the ingredients and store in a spray bottle.
3) Comforting Holiday Air Freshener
When you envision holidays, you instantly think of the cozy smells that fill the house. Cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla combine to make an exotic blend that will take you to the holiday season, and you can feel the familiar, comforting warmth any day!
Combine 1 cup of water with a few tablespoons of pure Vanilla extract. Add 7-8 drops of orange essential oil, five drops of cinnamon essential oil, five drops of ginger oil, and combine them thoroughly. Enjoy the irresistible holiday scent!
4) Tea Tree Eucalyptus Air Freshener
If you love the smell of herbs, this air freshener will become your favorite. Tea tree oils lend it a characteristic snap, while the minty, pine scent of eucalyptus will wake up your senses. The fresh, clean scent of this spray is ideal for the kitchen and bathroom, absorbing unpleasant odors.
Combine one cup of water with a few tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. Add in 6 drops of tea tree oil, eight drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and a couple of lemon essential oil drops. Mix well and spray.
5) Woody Air Freshener
This woody, earthy blend of essential oils are fantastic for days when you need to feel calm amid a chaotic day. The wood scents are incredible to make you feel grounded, and the rosemary adds a unique touch to the recipe.
For this recipe, take 1 cup of water and a few tablespoons of pure vanilla extract. Then add your favorite wood scents. I love to add ten drops white fir essential oil, 7 drops cedarwood essential oil, seven drops frankincense essential oil, and five drops rosemary essential oil to create the perfect blend of woodiness and earthiness.
6) Simmer Pot DIY Air Freshener
As a bonus, I want to share another recipe that is different from the ones above. In this recipe, we use real ingredients instead of essential oils and simmer them in a pot to create long-lasting freshness. A simmer pot is terrific for the kitchen as it absorbs the unwanted scents and replaces them with a cozy, sweet scent that will brighten up your mood.
I like to combine fresh scents like citrus with earthy spices to form the ultimate blend for this simmer pot. Take a small pot and fill it with 3 cups of water. Add two cinnamon sticks, five cloves, a few bay leaves along with orange and lemon slices. Allow this to simmer on low flame for a few hours, and your house will be enveloped in this fresh scent! You can even top up the water levels and use them on multiple occasions.
All of these DIY air fresheners will make your house smell amazing, and you will feel excited to get home every day! Not only do these scents provide a wonderful fragrance, but they also absorb odors for a fresh feel. The best part is that you can choose a recipe to match your mood! Spray the fresh citrus air freshener on a sweaty summer day, or the comforting holiday air freshener when you want to get cozy with warm scents. You can make these DIY air fresheners in advance, and they will stay fresh for a few weeks. Enjoy!
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