Back in the day we thought nothing of packing an assortment of air fresheners into every nook and cranny of our homes, happy to sample a variety of commercial brands because there was such an abundance of delightful fragrances to choose from. Did anyone else have a Grandmother who loved her floral aerosol spray for the bathroom?
These products helped make our homes smell so clean and lovely, it never occurred to us that maybe they weren’t such a good idea after all. We’re now learning that some of these products contain not-so-friendly ingredients that can be toxic to our health, dangerous for our children or harmful to our pets…and not the least bit eco-friendly!
Here’s a sure-fire way to be confident that you’re not injecting into your home anything that contains harmful ingredients: Make your own homemade air fresheners! It’s really not that complicated and there are so many different ways that you can do this.
In today’s article I’ll share four easy recipes (3 sprays and 1 packed citrus shell), but I have a few more creative ideas and easy DIYs here on Tipnut that you should check out too…
- Stovetop Simmering Pots
- Homemade Gel/Smelly Jelly Jars
- Collection Of 12 Super Simple Room Fragrance Projects
Now on to the recipes…as you can see they just use simple, natural products that you likely have in your pantry already. Have fun and don’t be shy experimenting with different aromas & EO blends!
Homemade Lemon Spritz
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. Grapefruit can be a nice twist too.
Easy Room Deodorizer
You can also whip up some good, delightful 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 (try experimenting with combos), shake bottle and it’s ready to use.
Vanilla & Cloves Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup household vinegar
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 tsp cloves
- Combine all items and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for two minutes. Remove from stove 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.
All-Natural Packed Citrus Shells
Here’s a neat tip sent in by Paulina for one of the most natural and easiest homemade room 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 grains.
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!