5 Easy Do-It-Yourself Air Fresheners To Make At Home

Get rid of foul odors at home. They could be from the food you cooked, your dog playing around the house, or maybe just a really strong perfume. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to keep your house smelling fresh and clean, no matter the occasion. If you find that you don’t have time to drop the grocery store or you just don’t want to spend too much on an air freshener, you can make use of these 5 do-it-yourself homemade air fresheners!

1.  Orange Peel Candles

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Orange peel candles are perfect if you want that citrus-fresh, springtime scent in your home. It’s definitely better if you already have oranges at home, you can make scented candles out of them without wasting the fruit!

What You Need:

  • An orange
  • A knife
  • Canola, vegetable or olive oil
  • Candle lighter

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Cut your orange in half.
  2. Run your knife around the edges of the orange, carving out the fruit from the peel.
  3. Scrape the inside of the orange with a fork, carefully not removing the inside stem.
  4. Once clean, fill ¾ of the inside of the orange peel with oil.
  5. Let the oil sit for about 45 minutes.
  6. After 45 minutes, light your orange with a candle lighter by directly lighting the inside stem. You will need to heat up the stem for 2-3 minutes.

2.  Lemon-Rosemary Simmer Pot

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Another citrus-fresh scent to add to your homemade air fresheners, Lemon-Rosemary is pretty easy and quick to make. This is also perfect if you have leftover lemons – maybe there are unused lemon slices you want to get rid of after using some for a margarita or iced tea.

What You Need:

  • A small pot
  • Water
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon slices
  • Vanilla extract

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Fill the small pot with water.
  2. Add sliced lemons into the mix and a few sprigs of rosemary.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  4. Simmer at low heat all day until it fills your room with a fresh scent.

3.  Gel Air Freshener

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If you want to opt for less of a fire-hazard air freshener, you can make your own gel air freshener instead. You can even decorate your DIY gel air-freshener however way you want, so it can be a creative project in itself too!

What You Need:

  • Mason jars (depending on how many you want to make)
  • 4 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • Food coloring
  • Essential oils/fragrance
  • Salt

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Clean the entire jar. You can use one pint jar (as does this recipe), but you can also use many small ones.
  2. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring and 30 drops of essential oils to the jar.
  3. Boil 1 cup of water and pour the gelatin packs into the pot.
  4. Keep whisking until there are no clumps.
  5. Once all gelatin is dissolved, add 1 cup of cold water and 1 tbsp of salt. Stir until mixed.
  6. Pour into jars and stir. Let it sit overnight until the gel is set.

4.  Cinnamon Stick Candles

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Cinnamon sticks are usually added to coffee to bring out its robust taste, but if you find that you bought more than what you need and are looking for a way to use it, you can actually create homemade air fresheners out of these. The procedure is surprisingly so simple that you might want to give these out to your friends!

What You Need:

  • A pillar candle with at least a 3-in diameter
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Floral shears
  • Glue gun
  • A Dish or coaster

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Measure your candle’s height and cut the cinnamon sticks according to the candle’s height using floral shears. You would need around 20 sticks per candle.
  2. Run the hot glue gun along the cinnamon stick, then paste the stick vertically to the side of the candle. Minimize the heat to avoid melting the candle wax.
  3. Do this repeatedly for the remaining cinnamon sticks until the entire candle is covered.
  4. Place the finished candle on a dish or coaster.

5.  Baking Soda Air Freshener

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If you don’t really have access to these fruits, gels or cinnamon sticks, you can always go back to your kitchen’s number one best friend: baking soda. Not only does baking soda help your fridge to keep smelling fresh, it can also do the same for any room in your home!

You’d need:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • Essential oils of your preference
  • Mason jar
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors and pen

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Trace out the inner lid of the mason jar on the scrapbook paper.
  2. Cut out the traced paper, then pierce it with the tapestry needle so the scent can pass through.
  3. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the jar and add 8-10 drops of essential oils.
  4. Place the scrapbook paper inside the jar ring and tighten them to the jar.
  5. Gently shake the mixture.

Nothing beats a home that doesn’t only look good, but smells good too. But while DIY air fresheners can do the trick, if you want to have a home that can look and smell clean for a long time, opt for a cleaning service instead. Head on over to Gawin.ph and hire professional cleaners at affordable, fixed rates!


written by Bea Luna