Forget commercial air fresheners. They’re full of toxins. Make your own DIY Air Freshener with just 3 ingredients. It’s simple, non-toxic and all natural.
We all have a spot in our home that’s an odor magnet. It could be a shoe closet, hamper, bathroom, garbage can, a musty closet or a diaper pail.
Our spot is our bathroom trash can. Maybe it’s the combination of the moisture of the shower/bath and the high traffic the bathroom gets from my family of five. But it ALWAYS stinks. Can you relate?
I used to buy air fresheners from the store thinking they would help to get rid of the odors. And I thought they did until I did more research.
Here’s what I found… those store-bought air fresheners don’t deodorize they just mask the smells in your home with toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde (a known carcinogen – which means it’s known to cause cancer), synthetic fragrances (that can cause allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses), and phthalates (which are linked to hormone disruption and male reproductive system birth defects).1
What?! The very thing we think is cleaning and purifying our air is actually making us sick? YES!
It doesn’t matter if it’s an aerosol air freshener, candle, plug-in air freshener, or spray air freshener. Because we all spend most of our time indoors (at home, work, or school) we’re exposed to these toxics more than ever.
How to Make This DIY Air Freshener
It’s actually very easy to make your own natural DIY air freshener. In fact, this recipe has just three ingredients that you probably already have in your home. This can be used to spray on linens, shoes, garbage cans, diaper pails or pretty much anywhere you want to eliminate odors.
Vodka or rubbing alcohol is used in this air freshener recipe as it dissipates quickly and doesn’t leave a residue on furniture or upholstery. It also helps to clear odors from the air and fabrics.
This DIY Air Freshener recipe is great for small spray bottles too. Keep it in the car to freshener the air on the go.
About the Ingredients
- Witch hazel helps to keep the water in this air freshener purified so it’ll last about a month
- Lavender essential oil provides a relaxing and calming scent, which is great for linens and closets.
- Lemon essential oil provides a refreshing scent, which is great for kitchens and bathrooms.
Here are the step-by-step directions…
Forget commercial air fresheners. They're full of toxins. Make your own DIY Air Freshener with just 3 ingredients. It's simple, non-toxic and all natural.
Fill spray bottle with water and witch hazel.
Add essential oils and cover with spray nozzle.
Shake the bottle for a few seconds before each use.
Other essential oil combinations for this recipe:
- 5-7 drops Thieves + 5-7 drops Orange = Pumpkin Spice
- 5-7 drops Eucalyptus + 5-7 drops Peppermint = Minty Clean
- 5-7 drops Lemongrass + 5-7 drops Lemon = Lemon Zest
Vodka can be used in place of witch hazel. It's actually a nice alternative because it dissipates faster than water.
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- DIY Carpet Freshener
- DIY Poo Pourri: After You Poo Spray
- DIY Natural Disinfectant Spray (Homemade Lysol)
- Your Best Air Freshener Isn’t An Air Freshener, Environmental Working Group