DIY Natural Air Freshners

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Sorry to break it to you but whether you’re aware of it or not, your home has a signature smell. When people come over, they already know to prepare for a delightful fresh scent, or a musty, unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, by now you’re so used to it, you don’t recognize it anymore and have no idea if your guests are delighted or disgusted as they walk inside.

Luckily, there are quick, easy fixes within reach. These simple air fresheners are easily made with items in your pantry and are a green alternative to chemical sprays.

Reed diffusers

Reed diffusers lack the overwhelming smell of many commercially available air freshener products and have become a stylish, popular way of gently adding scent to freshen homes. Instead of spending a fortune, make your own in less than five minutes. All you’ll need are a vase, essential oil (peppermint, lavender, ginger, etc.), and a few bamboo skewers.

Reed diffuser

image: jpmatth

Pour essential oil into the vase, fill the remainder with baby oil, then place skewers in the vase and voila! You’ve got yourself a beautiful new way to freshen your home.

Simmering Potpourri

With so many recipes for these boiled concoctions the possibilities are endless. Grab a small pot, fill 2/3 with water, slice one lemon, add a few sprigs of rosemary, 1-2 tsp of vanilla, and set to simmer all day long (add more water as needed) and you’ve got yourself two days’ worth of warm vanilla filling your home.

simmering potpourri

Spray Air Freshener

Those beautiful perfume bottles won’t go to waste with a DIY spray air freshener. You’ll need an empty (clean) perfume spray bottle, small funnel, one lemon, one, orange, one lime, one jar, vodka, and water. Slice lemon, orange, and lime and place only the rinds in a jar and fill with vodka, then let sit for a few days.

Remove a few pieces of the rind and cut into very thin strips. Place thin rind strips in empty perfume bottle, fill half of bottle with water, and the rest with vodka mix with funnel. This refreshing recipe sounds more like a drink, but its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties will freshen up any room or closet without harsh chemicals.

White Vinegar

Inexpensive and environmentally-friendly (no CFCs or other propellants), white vinegar on its own will neutralize any odor anywhere in your home. Fill a spray bottle and spritz or soak a sponge in vinegar and wipe down any surface you wish to freshen. The acidity in vinegar will absorb and remove odors as soon as it dries, leaving your home smelling fresh and clean. No need to worry, its pungent smell vanishes as well.

white vinegar

image (adapted):Sweet One

All of these DIY recipes are customizable, so feel free to experiment and personalize them. You can customize the scent, use only natural ingredients, and make the packaging as pretty as you want. Your guests will remember scents and associate memories and emotions with them, so make sure your home smell like your home.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

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