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This page contains recipes for homemade air fresheners. Make homemade air fresheners to help mask or neutralize household odors.

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July 31, 2016 Flag
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If like me you are a bit dubious about what is contained in manufactured air fresheners and whether or not it is good for you to be breathing that stuff into your lungs, then you might be wanting to have more natural scents around your home.

It is actually very easy to make your own room fresheners with a few cheap ingredients.



  • essential oils of your choice
  • 1 empty jar
  • bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 small square of cloth
  • 1 rubber band
  • 1 length of ribbon
  • 1 wooden stick or bamboo skewer for mixing
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  1. Pour some bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) into the glass jar to about one third full.
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  3. Add essential oils drop by drop. I used an equal mix of lime, hyacinth absolute, and ylang ylang, but you can choose any combination you like. You will need about twenty to thirty drops in total.
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  5. Use a wooden implement such as a bamboo skewer to mix the oils in as thoroughly as possible.
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  7. Cover with a pretty piece of cloth and secure with the rubber band.
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  9. Add some decorative ribbon or lace to cover the band.
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  11. Your freshener is ready to use. I put mine in the front porch and enjoy the lovely scent everytime I arrive home and open the front door
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December 2, 2011 Flag
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If you're like me your slow cooker has a daily special place on your counter top just as the regularly used coffee pot, blender or assorted other appliances do. If not, make a special place for it and use it not just for cooking but also to refresh the air in your home! Winter is a perfect time of year to start getting into the habit of using this idea because windows and doors are closed up tight and odors inside your home become stale and/or become stinky because of certain foods being cooked.

Here is how to use your slow cooker to your air freshening advantage with items you probably already have in your kitchen. Some people use essential oils but unless you know that what is in those oils are safe for consumption, I wouldn't recommend using them if planning to also continue using the pot for cooking.

For safety sake, be sure to test how long it takes for the water to completely evaporate from your slow cooker on a day you'll be home because you are going to be leaving the lid off so evaporation is going to occur more quickly. In doing this test, you can plan accordingly for the amount of hours you can safely be away.

Okay, here is all there is to it. Turn your slow cooker on high, pour in two quarts of water, two tablespoons of baking soda, stir well, bring to a simmer then turn down to low. Now comes the fun part of adding scents! Here are some nice scent ideas plus two combinations I personally like and I am sure you can easily come up with your own favorite concoctions :-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA


August 4, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about Mason jar air freshener. An inexpensive room deodorizer can easily be made in an attractive canning jar.

Mason Jar Air Freshener

July 31, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about can you refill plug-in air fresheners?. You may be able to refill plug-in fresheners with your favorite scents.

Plugged in air freshener

October 5, 2009 Flag
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Winter is coming and with that the windows and doors will be closed up tight and odors trapped inside. Here are some ideas to sweeten the smell of your home without harmful chemicals:

Source: Things I've learned and done over the years.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

August 17, 2011 Flag
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If you take a potpourri pot or a small jar and fill it with packing peanuts, then spray your favorite perfume on it, it will hold the scent and keep the room fresh. You can also use potpourri spray for this.

May 25, 2010 Flag
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I was always uncomfortable using the bathroom fresheners knowing that they are chemical. I take a laundry spray bottle, fill it with water and about 20 drops of essential oil which I buy in the health food store.

October 6, 2011 Flag
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Recently I wanted to freshen up my home and had no air freshener on hand. Instead I took a small pot and placed some water in it, added a few drops of vanilla and some ground ginger.

January 8, 2008 Flag
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When someone is coming over to my home and I don't have time to air it out and I don't want that obvious smell of an air freshener spray, I just sprinkle a tiny dash of cinnamon on to my electric burner.

October 12, 2012 Flag
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After carving your pumpkins, sprinkle some cinnamon inside the pumpkin then light your candle. Your house will smell like you're baking!

September 30, 2011 Flag
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Whenever I want to freshen the air in my home I don't like to use anything that smells like any type of food or spice. Smelling foods or spices in the air turns on my hunger pangs! So I use nature smells.

February 7, 2005 Flag
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In the winter months the air inside our homes becomes very polluted. Putting vinegar in water and setting it on a woodburning stove puts vinegar in the air to kill bacteria floating in the air. By Jill

August 5, 2010 Flag
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How do I keep the house smelling fresh without store bought air freshener?

By Anastasia from Berkeley, CA

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May 19, 20160 found this helpful

boil water and detergent to leave a house smelling fresh

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March 16, 2011 Flag
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I had several bottles of body splash and cologne that I didn't care for (gifts from well meaning friends). Instead of throwing them out, I use them as bathroom air freshener and stinky shoe deodorizer.

June 3, 2010 Flag
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I love to use a little cinnamon in water boiling on the stove to make my house smell a little homey. Sometimes when someone calls for a unexpected visit to make my house smell like cookies are baking, I just put cinnamon in a pot with water and put it on the stove to boil.

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