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Don't throw out the air fresheners that are in a clear roundish plastic jar with vented lids that have colored scented round balls inside after the balls shrink and are seemingly dried up. Add a little water and allow to sit awhile and the balls will soak up the water and return to normal size! They still smell good too but you could also add a little liquid potpourri or extract or perfume.
Source: worked for me at home.
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia Mo
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Can you use liquid potpourri to refill plug in fresheners?
By martinap from Eubank, KY
Refill Plug-in Air Fresheners?
I am always looking for ways to save money on household cleaning products. I also want my home to smell clean and fresh, and I love using candles and plug-in air fresheners. When you have them in several rooms of your home, however, the cost can add up quickly. Then I discovered you can actually REFILL many plug-in air fresheners!
Plug-in air freshener.I use the Glade plug-in air fresheners. They don't look like they are re-fillable, but if you look closely, the top of the bottle does come off. All you need is a table knife to gently pop it off.
According to this web site the Glade Wisp, Frebreze Noticeables, and Air Wick scented oil plug-in's can all be refilled.
There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind before you start on this project. First of all make sure that the oil that you purchase to refill the bottle with is made to be put in an oil warmer. It will state this on the bottle. Do NOT use lamp oil or any kind of oil that is flammable.
You can purchase fragrance oils very inexpensively at Walmart for about $2.00 for a 2 ounce bottle, even cheaper if you buy a bigger bottle. One 2-ounce bottle will refill at least 2 plug-in's. The average price for a plug-in refill from the store is about $2.00, so that is a savings of $1.00 or more per refill.
You can only refill your plug-in bottle once before you need to throw it away. The wick won't last through more than one refill. You might ask if it is worth the effort, but if you go through 5 or more plug-in refills a month like I do, then it is worth it to use them one more time!
When you are ready to refill the bottle, set it in front of you and gently pry off the top of the bottle with a knife. Set the top of the bottle with the wick still in it on a paper towel and carefully pour the new fragrance oil into the bottle.
Be very careful not to touch the wick with your fingers, and be careful not to get the wick wet. If it gets wet it will expand and you will not be able to get it back in the bottle.
Carefully place the top back on the bottle and snap it in place.
If there are any cracks in the bottle or lid so that oil is leaking out of it throw it away. This could cause a fire hazard.
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Can you reuse the Air Wick Plug Ins that have the liquid in them? I really like them and use coupons when I can, but they get used so fast.
By Colleen from Grabill, IN
OK, here's the scoop: buy a bottle of simmering oil at Walmart for four bucks, pry off the plastic top of the Airwick bottle, replace the wick with one or two Q-tips, use a small kitchen funnel to refill the bottle, replace the plastic top with the Q-tips on it, and voila. Simply replace the Q-tips when the unit runs dry, and refill the bottle again and again for cheap. The Q-tips are the perfect size for the bottle and warmer, and they wick just right. (08/25/2009)
I am looking for a recipe for refilling wall plug-ins.
By richardsonmarguerite from Leesburg, AL
I make my own reed diffusers using diffuser base and fragrance oil that I get at naturesgardencandles.com. Check them out. I refill my own plug-ins using 25% diffuser base (the carrier) and 75% fragrance oil. That way the plugin fragrance and my diffuser fragrance are coordinated/customized and it costs you pennies. You'll finds 100s of fragrances at Nature's Garden Candles. Water won't work as you need something a little heavier as the carrier for your fragrance oil. (11/03/2009)
I have loads of those plug in air fresheners and I have been trying to find ways of refilling them with my own scents. I have tried using water, oil and water mix, oil, scented perfumes, etc. and none of them seem to work. Has anyone found a way of re-filling these with their own scents?
Margaret from Swansea, UK
You can easily reuse any kind of refills that previously had scented oil in it. Use only essential oils (purchased from aromatherapy shops) and avoid preparing your own scents unless you
know and tested the composition (not recommended). Essential oils contain highly volatile compounds: (1) and are used in aromatheraphy in various ways, including electric heat diffusers (2).
I was looking this subject up merely to find some recipes, but I have been to this site frequently and love it, so I thought that I would share that I have refilled the Glade Plug-In (with night light) myself, safely. No fires. No bad or odd smells. Just pure essential oil (8 drops total) and the rest filled with extra virgin olive oil. It smells fantastic. I was even able to pop off the white top with a butter knife, though I would be careful to that end. It is easy to crack the top, rendering it useless. (01/24/2008)