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Homemade Air Freshener Recipes
Make homemade air fresheners to help mask or neutralize household odors. This page contains recipes for homemade air fresheners.
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October 5, 200920 found this helpful

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.

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By Deeli from Richland, WA

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November 22, 20160 found this helpful
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When mixing your spray bottle of air fresheners made with essential oils and water, if you add just a little bit of either rubbing alcohol or witch hazel it will assist with the blending and give you a more consistent strength for the life of the bottle. I personally use the 70% rubbing alcohol for this since I like to save my witch hazel for getting rid of bruises and tightening my skin everywhere. I also decided on the 70% because the 91% just had too much of the alcohol smell to it. I have seen many posts using vodka, but since I don't drink vodka it's not something I have on hand and not worth a special trip to go pick up when I have the rubbing alcohol on hand always

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October 8, 20090 found this helpful

This is a great economical way to freshen your home with fragrances that you know you like. Store bought air fresheners can be very expensive and I have quite often wasted my money on ones that I didn't like when I got home and used them.

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August 17, 2011

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.

By Robyn F. from TN

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

What a great idea! I hate getting fast food drinks in styrofoam just because I know they will be with us forever, so this would be something I could do to use those cups up. Way to go!

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

I love this idea. I also get potpouri cheap at thrift shops, and put it in small containers like liquid detergent cups or yogurt cups and set them behind things on my shelves, photos, teddies, flower vases. I also love to put orange peels and apple peels in an old coffee can with water, add some cinnamon/cloves and set it on low. The warm aroma lasts for a couple of days, then I just refill and repeat!

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February 7, 20054 found this helpful

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

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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

Do you have any references to studies that prove this Jill? Its an interesting and logical sounding idea but a)does it work and b) if it does, does reducing air borne bacteria have any effect on the level of illness in the household?

Regards

Jo

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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

Enough of the sarcastic, unnecessary commentary showing up on too many feedbacks!

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November 27, 20080 found this helpful

My husband and I are both smokers. I know you all can imagine the smell of accumulated smoke. I soak very thin cotton handkerchiefs in vinegar, thumbtack them to the blades of our ceiling fans, one for each blade, use the lowest setting and wash our air. It does an incredible job.

My family takes turns hosting our annual Christmas get together. They aren't smokers, but when they came to us for our turn they were truly amazed at the complete lack of a smoke smell. Patti

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December 11, 20090 found this helpful

Well since vinegar is an acid it will definitely work for most bacteria since most bacteria are sensitive to ph. Plus if you are worried that much about bacteria in the are turn down your heat. My mom had a doctor tell her to do this because I was frequently sick as a young child. The further from body temperature heat is the few viruses and bacteria will survive to potentially cause illness. This was proven by the fact when my parents turned down the heat I got sick about 1/2 as frequently. And in general throughout the rest of my childhood the children in my family were healthier than our other friends.

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May 25, 20106 found this helpful

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 (lavender smells good and has antiseptic qualities). Shake before using.

By Ema from Brooklyn, NY

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May 26, 20100 found this helpful

Ema, add a capful of vodka to this recipe as it acts as a preservative or else you will be spraying scented stale water.

Monique :)

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May 27, 20100 found this helpful

You can also add a capful of alcohol and it will do the same thing. It will also make the spray dry a little faster when it hits the air.

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October 6, 2011

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. I then put it on the stove at the lowest setting and let it simmer. The whole house smelled wonderful!

By countryheart from Marianna, FL

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October 7, 20110 found this helpful

You can also put a dab of vanilla (or your favorite perfume) on the light bulb of a lamp. When it heats up, it makes the whole room smell good!

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January 8, 2008

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. I then turn it onto LOW for about 15 - 30 seconds, then turn it off. The whole house smells good after doing this! And, cinnamon is something that smells natural, like you've been baking. Plus, it costs nothing and it's always in the cupboard. No worry, I've been doing this for years and my burners are fine.

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

Awesome tip!

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

I am trying your tip right this VERY minute but I have a smooth surface stove & dashed my cinnamon into some tinfoil - waiting for it to heat !

It should be great ! THANKS !

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January 11, 20080 found this helpful

The Tin-Foil tip sounds great! .. Less Mess!

* Sometimes I think you can tell our age when we use words like "TIN" foil, instead of Aluminum foil ...or

"Tin Can" (I do!) ....I remember, my dad always called the refrigerator the "ICE BOX" ... because in his youth, they really DID use ice! ... Remember when Tin cans were made of Tin? ...Wax paper before saran wrap, & REAL tin foil! ...

Back before microwaves, computers & cell phones... Interesting how things change! <*grin*>

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

I am trying this one out for sure! Thanks!

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September 24, 20110 found this helpful

I cannot believe this! After reading you post Cyinda, I went right into my kitchen and sprinkled cinnamon on my burner. Oh wow! By the time I got back in front of my computer, the aroma had wafted this far.

What a wonderful, great, terrific idea. It almost makes me want to go back and bake something. Almost...

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September 30, 2011

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.

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October 12, 2012

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

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March 16, 2011

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.

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August 4, 20163 found this helpful

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

Mason Jar Air Freshener

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June 3, 2010

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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November 5, 20043 found this helpful

To freshen the air in your kitchen, especially after cooking fish or cabbage, place a whole, unpeeled lemon in a 300 degree F oven for about 15 minutes, leaving the door slightly open.

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August 13, 2007

One of the best room fresheners I have used is lemon essential oil. I bought a small bottle for under $5 at the health food store. It seems pricey but a very little bit goes a long way.

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January 25, 2015

You can extend those Renuzit or Air Wick solid air fresheners by placing the scented part in a potpourri pot. I just add both the water and the chunk into a potpourri pot that plugs in. It extends the pretty smell in the house!

Extend Solid Air Freshener

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December 5, 20081 found this helpful

Use a wash cloth and roll it in a roll. Sew side together and cut out fire flame and attach to the top with straight pins.

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June 8, 2017

If you want a room to smell super duper fresh but don't want a big ugly air freshener hanging from your wall, just add a few drops of an essential oil into the bottom of a bottle or jar around your house.

A bottle of essential oil near collectible glass bottles.

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July 31, 20161 found this helpful

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

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April 12, 20050 found this helpful

If you want to freshen the air, just simmer a dozen or so sticks of cinnamon or some cloves in 2 cups of water in an uncovered saucepan on your stove!

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September 29, 20041 found this helpful

Freshen your air for pennies and in a more natural way!

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May 20, 20041 found this helpful

The cheapest way to remove odors from a room is to place cups of white vinegar in the room. It works 24/7 and all you have to do is refill when it evaporates. I use old candle jars that have been used up so that it does not interfere with the decor of each room.

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April 14, 2008

Heat 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of liquid potpourri add 2 packages of gelatin. Heat until boil stirring constantly. Take away from heat and add the other 1/2 cup of potpourri.

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February 27, 2007

In a small bowl, combine corn meal or flour, salt, and essential oil. Mix well and add boiling water. Add drops of any food coloring and mix well. When mixture has cooled enough to handle, roll mixture into 2-3 inch balls.

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January 26, 20170 found this helpful

Make a pretty air freshener using leftover scented candle wax. It can be cut into fun shapes using a cookie cutter. This is a guide about recycled candle wax air freshener.

Recycled Candle Wax Air Freshener - Air fresheners hanging from shower curtain rings.

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

Keep your home smelling fresh with a non-toxic natural air freshener using a jar. Learn how to make this homemade jar air freshener in this guide.

Natural Air Freshener - completed jar

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about use your slow cooker as an air freshener. A mixture of water, baking soda, and a pleasant scent such a cinnamon can be simmered in your slow cooker to freshen the air in your home.

Green Electric Slow Cooker on a white background.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about make your own air fresheners. You can save money and control the ingredients in your air freshener by making your own.

A bottle of essential oils, commonly used to make homemade air fresheners.

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July 22, 20140 found this helpful

This is a guide about materials for making car air fresheners. If you are looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous pine tree air freshener of old, try making your own.

flip flop air freshener

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