Natural Homemade Air Freshener Recipe
Ideas for Homemade, Non-Toxic Air Fresheners
Having fragrant air full of the scents of cranberries and cinnamon can be a fun and enjoyable olfactory experience, but if the scents come from conventional spray air fresheners, these odor maskers may not be doing your body any favors. One of the biggest threats to indoor air quality are artificial air freshening sprays you buy at the grocery or drug store. Especially harmful are aerosols which spew tiny droplets into the air that can cause allergic reactions, headaches, and more. A great way to overcome the potential pollutants in these products is to make homemade air fresheners yourself.
There are many fun and simple things you can do to bring beautiful scents to your home at very little cost and without polluting your indoor air with artificial scents and smells. Take a whiff at these ideas for making your own air fresheners and then get creative to bring a personalized scent experience to your own home.
Natural Air Freshener Recipes
- Use essential oils: Many DIY air fresheners begin with essential oils, which have natural antibacterial properties. Be sure to choose genuine essential oils and not knock-offs pretending to be natural. Great options include scents like citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, frankincense, mint, rose, sandalwood, rosemary, vanilla, sweet orange, tea tree, lemon, and thyme. Just put a few drops of these essential oils is a diffuser, and oil burner, or in a kitchen glass and place in the room where odors need removing. You can also diffuse the scents throughout your home by adding a few drops of your favorite oils to your central or electric heating system. Leave until the aromas fade and then replenish.
- Cook up some scented goodness: A great way to quickly infuse the air with delectable scents is to add some spices to a pot of water (8 cups or so), boil it for a time on the stove, and then turn the burner down to low and let simmer for awhile, replacing the liquid as needed. You can use things like cinnamon and cloves as well as allspice and fresh mint leaves. Of course, baking something tasty also works!
- Make your own mists: If you need a quick burst of clean scent in your home, making your own natural air freshening spray. You can use a few drops (well, 30-40 drops for every 500 mL [16 oz] of water) of essential oil from the list above. Place the ingredients in a spray bottle and then spritz around the house as needed. Essential oils have natural antibacterial qualities, so any spray that you mix up should last for quite some time without going bad. Just give it a quick shake before using!
- Mix up some homemade potpourri: As a traditional method of bringing scents to a room, potpourri is also beautiful. Mix together some dried fruits and flowers like marigolds, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, lavender, marigolds, rose petals, anise seeds, and more and then spice it up a little with some essential oils for lasting fragrance. When the scent dies down, add additional essential oils until you’re tired of the look of the potpourri, then compost the materials.
- Baking soda or vinegar and lemon juice: All of these ingredients are excellent odor-absorbers. You can simple place bowls of them around the home to slowly remove odors from the air.
- Use live plants: Not only do living plants help to purify your indoor air, they will also absorb odors naturally and consistently. So forget those awful PVC plastic fake varieties and look for something alive and growing! Check out our article on the Top 20 Air Purifying Plants.