2 cups hot water
1/8 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice
- First dissolve the baking soda in hot water then add the lemon juice, you can use ReaLemon for this.
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
1 cup water
1 cup household vinegar
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 tsp cloves
- 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…
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: