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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:

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

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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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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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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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.

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By Ema from Brooklyn, NY

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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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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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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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August 4, 2017

This homemade air freshener is really cheap to make at hime. I got tired of spending a lot of my money that i really didn't have on store bought air fresheners. Then I thought, "Why not make some myself?"

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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.

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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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December 22, 2011

When you car auto freshener goes dead, revive it by putting a few drops of concentrated candy flavoring oil onto the freshener pad. Since it is the holiday season, I just put a couple of drops of peppermint oil on one today, and cinnamon oil on one in another vehicle.

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March 26, 20050 found this helpful

Mix ingredients gently in a large glass jar. Cover with lid and store for six weeks until salt is well seasoned.

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May 14, 2017

Is it safe to use Avon Skin So Soft bath oil instead of essential oils in a small crockpot intended for use as an air freshener? If so, what "recipe" would you use?
Thanks for your help!

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May 14, 20171 found this helpful

I don't see an issue, as long as the pot is not used for any food.

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May 14, 20171 found this helpful

I would just add it to water like you would in the bathtub... but far less amounts.

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July 29, 20130 found this helpful

I have used so many different carpet/room deodorizers in canisters, shake ons, etc. to rid carpets, furniture, and floors, that the smell. It is just about overwhelming and I can't figure out how to get back to basic clean smell. It is getting worse and worse, hot weather with windows open, still bad. Please help. I need to deodorize and get a clean smell.

By PAT s.

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September 23, 20130 found this helpful

I suggest sprinkling some baking soda on the carpet and then vacuuming it up. It is a natural deodorizer without smell. Hope this helps.

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March 30, 20150 found this helpful

Years ago I rented an apartment with a carpeted laundry room. The people who lived there used that room for their dog that was not housebroken. Yuck! After renting a shampooer (twice) and using several patented rug deodorizers, I finally heavily spritzed the carpet with white vinegar. Two applications later and all was finally well.

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January 20, 20170 found this helpful

start shapooing might have to do it several times.... then when dry sprinkle baking soda on iit all over and vacuum

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December 21, 2005

I have your recipe for gel air freshener. Now I need your recipe for aromatic room fresheners, made with alcohol (vodka for one).

Thank you,
Mary from Sicklerville, NJ

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December 21, 20050 found this helpful

Essential oils in a diffuser work great!

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January 22, 20060 found this helpful

I usually make the homemade fabreeze and spray around the house. In a spray bottle mix 1 cup frabric softener 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and then fill bottle with water and spray around the house. It smells great and you can use the fabric softener that you like best!

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

You can also use white vinegar, just place in a small glass container on a shelf it absorbs all odors through out house. I also use concentrated essential oils diluted with water and spray or put a few drops in my vents also you can put on your finger and rub on light bulbs while cool and when lamp is on it produces the smell. Deedee

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February 15, 20120 found this helpful

I am trying to find an air freshener recipe to make that smells like baby powder. Does anyone know of one?

By Ellen D.

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February 21, 20121 found this helpful

I've used assorted fragrant lotions to make spray air freshener (that I also sometimes use as a body spray) and it's really easy. :-)

Be sure to use at least an 8 ounce bottle because you'll need the extra space for the lotion to blend with the water without any lumps. Place 1 ounce of lotion with 5 ounces of distilled water in a clean spray bottle and shake vigorously. If after mixing you want a bit stonger scent just add another 1/2 ounce or so of lotion and shake vigorously again.

My choice for the baby powder scent would be the good old fashioned wonderful smelling Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion - Yum! As a matter of fact I have some on hand and you've prompted me to now use it for the next bottle of spray ;-)

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

Why distilled water? Would tap water work?

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October 15, 2009

I am looking for suggestions for homemade air fresheners.

By Bob M. from Ogunquit, ME

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October 18, 20090 found this helpful

I submitted this as a tip a little while ago but I don't think it's been posted yet and there's lots of good, natural ideas. Hope it's helpful to you :-)

Natural Home Sweeteners

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.

Place a small sprinkling of ground cinnamon or ground clove on an electric stove burner and turn on the heat to the very lowest setting possible.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a small piece of tinfoil, turn up the edges and pour a teaspoon of vanilla on top and place the foil in the oven. Turn off oven and prop the door open a bit.

Place 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla or vanilla extract in small cups or bowls around the home.

Mix small amounts of lemon juice or vinegar and baking soda together and place in small cups or bowls around the home.

To abolish cooking odors simmer 1 tablespoon vinegar with one cup of water in a small pan.

Simmer your favorite spices, citrus rinds or fresh pine needles in a small pan of water on the stove. Experiment by mixing and matching. Also, instead of throwing out stale dated apple, cranberry or orange juice, just simmer in a small pan on the stove. Be sure to set a timer to remind you that it's time to add more water!

In a spray bottle, add several drops of your favorite essential oil to water. Shake to mix and mist the air.

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a cotton ball and place around the home.

Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil on a light bulb. Be sure to only do this on a bulb that is turned of and is cool! Once you turn on the light on the heat from the bulb will slowly release the essential oil in the air.

Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil inside your cardboard toilet paper roll and the scent will be released every time someone removes toilet paper. Place springs of fresh eucalyptus around your home. And don't forget fresh flowers ;-)

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October 18, 20090 found this helpful

I like to peel an orange (save the peel), a couple sprinkles of cinnamon, a sprinkle of ground cloves, then put them in a small pan with enough water to cover the orange peelings and then turn the stove on low. As the mixture heats up the whole house smells wonderful.

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January 30, 20060 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to make something similar to the "AirWick" type of air freshener?

Bev from Grand Rapids, MN

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 31, 20060 found this helpful

I have used essential oils as air freshners before. Just put a few drops on a coffee filter or a paper towel (coffee filter works best because it sits up like a "tent") and put wherever you want nice smells!

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November 5, 20130 found this helpful

I used to buy the plug-in air fresheners, but I never will again. I refill the empty bottles with my own scents! You can pull out the wick, fill it about 1/3 of the way with your choice of essential oil and almost the rest of the way with water (careful though, fill it too full and it will spill when you put the wick back in), place your finger over the top and shake, then put the wick back in and plug it in! It's super easy, better for the environment, better for the people breathing it in, and nice to choose any scent you want rather than be limited by the dizzyingly chemical laden artificial scents that are sold in stores.

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May 14, 20050 found this helpful

I am looking for the recipe to make the car air fresheners, that are shaped like a foot and they are on a string they look like gel but they are harder but flexable. It is not the knox gelatin recipe. I can't seem to find these anywhere on the web. Can someone please help me.

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Linda from Danville

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December 14, 2013

We recently took a cruise on Halong Bay in Vietnam. Our cabin smelled of fresh grated ginger every time we walked in. I'd like to be able to duplicate that wonderful fresh smell at home. Any ideas?

By Kathy S.

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June 29, 20130 found this helpful

How long can we use homemade room freshener?

By Nishan

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October 19, 20120 found this helpful

I used to buy Nilodor to eliminate many smells. It worked on cigarette smoke. It is hard to find now, and I wonder if there are any recipes to make a like product by hand.

By Linda L.

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June 3, 20100 found this helpful

If you have any cooking odors or just want your house to smell nice, place two tablespoons of ground cinnamon into a saucepan, add two cups of water and boil. Make sure water doesn't evaporate so have to keep an eye on it. It leaves a wonderful aroma through the house, fresh baked apple pie type aroma.

Source: Can't remember exactly where I received this tip, but have been using it for years.

By Lisa from Patton

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Heated Cinnamon and Water for Room Freshener

I like to do this for holidays. I also put in orange peels, cloves, slices of apple (or even just the core). If you have a small crockpot or slow-cooker, it's even better! Just leave the lid off, or slightly off. (04/02/2008)

By Ann

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May 25, 20100 found this helpful

Pour a small amount of fabric softener into a spray bottle and finish filling it with water. Place in the bathroom to use as an air freshener. Works great for only pennies.

By Tina from Athens, TX

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Bathroom Air Freshener

This is also the recipe for homemade frebreeze. (07/21/2006)

By PICO

Bathroom Air Freshener

I bet this would work with static cling too, just a few items always seem to have a little cling left in them after drying. Probably a light spritz would help remove the cling.

I have a cousin who lives in Athens. I grew up in Palestine AND my name is Tina. Cool huh? (07/23/2006)

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

I received a bunch of those small bottles of cologne from my family for my birthday; the kind they have at Walmart on one of the hanging displays, about $6-8 each. Some of them I love enough to wear, but not all. So the ones I don't really care for enough to wear, I will dribble on the back of the couch, recliner, etc, and it makes a nice (free to me) air freshener!

I don't recommend buying them for that reason as they are a bit high, but if you have any leftover cologne that you just don't wear, don't want, or want to hurry and use up, it is a great use!

By Fatboyslimsmom from Many, LA

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Use Excess Cologne as Air Freshener

I tend to use the "unwanteds" as bargain-basement Febreze: After vacuuming, I walk through the room and spritz the floor with the stuff. What I don't like for use on my own body seems to nicely freshen my room, if only temporarily. (10/28/2009)

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