3 Air Fresheners: {Sprays & Citrus Packed}

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Make Your Own Non-Toxic Air Freshener With Just A Few Simple Ingredients

Make Your Own Non-Toxic Air Freshener With Just A Few Simple Ingredients

Ingredients

2 cups hot water
1/8 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice

Directions

  • First dissolve the baking soda in hot water then add the lemon juice, you can use ReaLemon for this.

Easy Deodorizer:

You can also whip up some good, fresh smelling spray with just two ingredients: water or vinegar and essential oils.

  • Simply fill a spray bottle with water or vinegar, add a dozen or so drops of your favorite essential oils, shake bottle and it’s ready to use.

DIY Vanilla & Cloves

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup household vinegar
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 tsp cloves

Directions

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil then simmer over medium heat for two minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Strain cloves then pour liquid into spray bottle, shake and use as needed.

Note: You can increase/decrease the vanilla & cloves amounts to your preference.

Salt Packed Citrus Shells

Here’s a neat tip sent in by Paulina for one of the most natural and easiest homemade air fresheners I’ve come across yet…

Freshly Cut Orange

Freshly Cut Orange

I picked this tip up from a local newspaper some years ago and I’ve been using it ever since, I just love the smell of oranges:

  • Cut an orange in half and remove the pulp;
  • Fill the empty shell with some salt;
  • Put in the back of your fridge as a fridge freshener;
  • Keep the orange shell in a small bowl so it won’t tip over and spill the salt.

The salt absorbs stale and nasty odors while the shell releases a fresh, orange smell. I also tuck one of these behind the toilet in our bathroom.

Another way you can do this is cut an orange in half and coat the exposed flesh liberally with salt. Since we love eating oranges I always remove the pulp first.

This would also work for other citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruits. Nice tip, thanks very much Paulina for sharing this with us!.

For more air fresheners you can make, see:

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Published: July 16, 2007
Updated: February 9, 2012

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33 Comments to “3 Air Fresheners: {Sprays & Citrus Packed}”
  1. nancy says:

    Can fragrance oil be substituted for the e.o.?

  2. TipNut says:

    You can try it nancy but I would test first since I think fragrance oils can leave an oil residue. The amount used would be so minimal though that I doubt it would actually stain anything.

  3. Dada says:

    You can freshen up your home in one minute by boiling little amount of water in a pan with a tablespoon of dried mint (haven’t tried any other herbs yet) for a minute or two. Leaves your entire home smelling so fresh for some time! :)

    • rmp says:

      Tried boiling 1 TBS dried mint in 1/2 cup of water on a gas stove.

      It did not leave any scent whatsoever, even when I turned my range hood off and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Kelly Langill says:

    Hi I was just wondering if the Lemon airfreshener would be a good subsitute for the Freebreeze. Your right the chemicals can be too much so it would be nice to know if there is a natural healthier air freshener and clothing freshener and furniture freshener can you recommend anything is there a natural healthier inexpensive way to freshen your home clothes and furniture without damage or staining help.
    I use allot of the natural ingredients for floor and laundry it is awesome thanks for all the tips they are wonderful

    • monie says:

      Easy Home made “fabreez” 4 tblsp ultra downey fabric softener, 25 oz water. Pour into spray bottle and gently roll around.

  5. Veronica says:

    I thought that I would contribute an old recipe that my mother taught me! In an pot place an orange,peach and lemon in quartered slices.
    1tblspn. of honey
    5 whole cloves or 1/4tspn.of ground cloves
    1tspn. of real vanilla flavoring
    3c.of water
    Bring the water with all of the ingredients in it to a rapid boil and let boil for 15 minutes. It will take out any odors in your home; and keep it smelling fresh for up to one week or more.
    Depending on your like or dislike of the smell of cloves you can feel free to omit or decrease the amount used of them. This recipe also works without the cloves and the use of mint leaves instead!
    Enjoy!!

  6. Alexandra says:

    I’ve tried lemon and/or orange extract from the spice aisle at the grocery store. It works just as well and doesn’t have the bits of real lemon which can be messy.

  7. Bell says:

    This is the first air freshener recipe I have tried, mostly because I already have all of the ingredients. I can’t actually smell any lemon smell at all. Is it supposed to smell lemony or just help get rid of odors in the air?

  8. TipNut says:

    Bell it’s not a strong scent but I can smell the lemon in it.

  9. Kathy@brazoscowgirl says:

    I made this when I was cleaning my son’s room. It smells great, works great and I love it!

  10. Brian says:

    a friend of mine did her own little recipe using Vodka and Peppermint oil. is Vodka ok to use??

    • Renee says:

      I’m not sure of the answer to that, I wouldn’t see why not. Its alcohol, which many cleaning products have in it anyway (just different kind maybe?) It sounds like an interesting combination and I love peppermint oil! I may have to give it a try!

    • Liz says:

      I’ve been making my own Colognes for years. We always use carrier oils and Vodka. :)

    • Fidget Z says:

      Vodka is an excellent deodorizer. even works for taking pet smells out. Is fabo in sweaty shoes and the such… adding an oil to it just makes for a fresh scent lingering.

  11. Rose says:

    Just a note: I’ve tried this recipe using juice from a real lemon and it worked just fine, but I found if I didn’t use it up within a week that the bottle with the solution it became mold-filled. YUCK… it made me sick to see something that was supposed to be helping me keep the home clean was disgusting itself. I have not tried lemon juice, so I’ll see…

    • EC says:

      Rose, the whole point of making your own is to use fresh and natural ingredients. Without preservatives it will go bad much sooner than commercial products. So with common sense you should just make enough to be used within a short period of time. Everything good can be disgusting if you let it rot so use your judgement. If you like the convenience, buy potentially toxic commercial products. If you like the healthy nature of home made products, make it fresh.

    • Renee says:

      Rose, I did the same thing, accidentally (and ya, it was gross lol)… If you can imagine it somewhat like this ~ buying canned green beans vs fresh green beans. Canned foods have preservatives in them that are not good for you at all, where natural fresh picked veggies do not. Now, if you set them both out on the counter for 2 weeks (give or take) which one is going to go bad? :o) Is it more of a hassle to make something once a week, maybe to some. However, I simply enjoy the freshness of it and knowing what is in it is not going to harm my family or my pets :o)

    • Kim Carroll says:

      I would recommend keeping it in the fridge!

    • Rose Mary says:

      use lemon essential oil not fragrance oil and it will last a long time.

    • Corine says:

      Adding a little Vodka will help prevent mold growth in the spray. Vodka is good for more than making Screwdrivers after all as it does have antiseptic properties. You could also keep the spray bottle in the fridge as another poster recommended. That will also allow it to last longer than at room temperature.

  12. TinaMarie says:

    Hello, I like the idea of a natural air freshner but I just love lavender. Could anyone help and tell me how to do an air freshener with Lavender? I wouldnt know where to start.
    Thank you very much
    TinaMarie

    • Joslyn says:

      Hey TinaMarie,

      You can buy a little bottle of lavender essential oil and add a few drops of it with water and put it in a spray bottle. Just an idea.

  13. Matthew says:

    any recipes that can make my room smell like lemon vanilla pound cake :D gosh i sound like such a fatty. oh and could I put it in one of the plug-ins that warms up a wick inside a bottle of the liquid???? any help would be great thanks.

    • Liz says:

      Essential oils. (which are distilled from the leaves, roots, even leaves and portions of a botanical… Lemon and Vanilla, along with a carrier oil. (Carrier oils, are pressed from fatty portions of seeds, nuts, kernels, and don’t evaporate) Some carrier oils I recomend are Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond Oil,or Pecan Oil….Most carrier oils are odorless, if you ever notice an oil with a strong bitter aroma, It has gone rancid…..Keep it in the Fridge ……..

  14. Martha says:

    I used Lemon Essential oil with ordinary rubbing alcohol (drugstore variety). I didn’t measure, just poured about 1/4″ into a large spray bottle, then added about 3″ of the alcohol – I need more but I wanted to try this first. The lemon scent was fantastic, strong initially but very pleasant within a few minutes. I sprayed it on some boxes first to see if it would stain, and the spray dried quickly with no oil stain. I sprayed it on furniture and my cotton curtains, so now when the window is open, I get the fresh air with a hint of fresh lemon. The spray bottle was a dollar store find.

  15. rmp says:

    I just tried the orange halves with salt, using scooped-out navel oranges and table salt.

    It may be absorbing odor but it doesn’t give off hardly any orange scent. (I used to put our daily orange peels on a small basket on top of the toilet tank every day and that gave off real orange scent).

    Anyone know if you have to use juice oranges and/or kosher salt?

  16. Linda Warrick says:

    i tried the laundry enhancer crystals (Purex Crystals is one). I figured if it is safe for my laundry, it should be safe for my mattresses, linens, and upholsteries. I used it on hidden sides first. So far it has worked quite nicely. Only time will tell.
    I used 1 heaping tablespoon to 12 ounces of distilled water.

  17. river of books says:

    Hi, I have a question about the water/baking soda/lemon juice freshener. When I added the lemon juice to the water/baking soda it instantly bubbled and overflowed all over the stove top. Any tips? Wait ’til the water is cold first?

    Thanks

    • Catitude says:

      Lemon (or at least the Citric Acid contained in lemons) & Baking Soda are the active ingredients in AlkaSeltzer Gold (contains no Tylenol or other pain medication), when you add water they do fizz so you’ll need to use a tall pan & add slowly not just dump it in.

  18. nyneelie says:

    My favorite and least expensive household air freshner is:

    Small pot filled with water (kind you would boil an egg or two in)
    4/5 Cinnamon Sticks
    5 cloves

    Bring to boil. (careful, it will overflow if you don’t watch it.)
    Let simmer.
    Add more water when necessary.

    Your house will smell delicious. Guaranteed.
    No toxic fumes either.
    Guests are always impressed when entering my home.
    Very inexpensive too!


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