Commercial air fresheners are laden with harmful chemicals that cause breathing problems, allergies and other health problems. Hence, the safest way to make your home smell fresh is to use an all-natural homemade air freshener. There are several easy options to make your home smell good with natural fragrances of aromatic herbs and spices. You can spray homemade air fresheners, light scented candles or use a potpourri to add a refreshing aroma to your living space, kitchen and bathrooms.
Here Are Some Natural Air Fresheners That You Can Easily Make At Home With Natural Ingredients:
Baking Soda And Essential Oil
Baking soda absorbs bad odor and the aromatic essential oil adds a fresh fragrance to the indoor air. To make this air freshener, you will need about a quarter cup of baking soda and 10 to 15 drops of aromatic essential oil of your choice such as lavender, citrus or rose oil. Add the ingredients to a container and cover it with a foil. Poke some holes in the foil and place the container in any place in your home that stinks.
Aromatherapy Room Spray
Here is a room freshener recipe made with a combination of essential oils. Apart from covering up bad odor and freshening up the rooms, this aromatherapy air freshener also helps to disinfect the indoor air. To prepare this natural air freshener, blend about 10 to 14 drops of eucalyptus, orange and lavender oil with 5 drops of tea tree oil. Add the essential oil blend to half a cup of water. Pour the diluted essential oil mixture in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the essential oil blend when needed.
An easy way to freshen up the house is to cook aromatic fruits and spices. Over low heat simmer orange slices, cranberries, apple peels, cloves, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. The simmering potpourri will produce a wonderful smell that will last for a long time.
DIY Reed Diffuser
A DIY reed diffuser is an inexpensive option for freshening up the indoor air. To make the reed diffuser you will need a vase or a glass bottle, mineral oil or baby oil, essential oil of your choice, vodka and diffusing sticks or bamboo skewers. Pour a quarter cup of baby oil in the bottle and add 2 to 3 teaspoons of vodka. Stir the ingredients. Now add the essential oil. The ratio of the essential oil and the mineral oil should be 1:3. Insert the diffuser reeds in the oil blend. Turn over the reeds after an hour and you will start getting a beautiful fragrance.
Scented Soy Candle
Here is an easy scented candle recipe that you can do yourself. Melt about two cups of soy wax in a double boiler. Glue the soy wick to the bottom of a mason jar. Remove the molten soy wax from the stove and allow it to cool. When it reaches 125-degree Fahrenheit temperature add several drops of aromatic plant oil such as lavender oil to the wax and stir well. Pour the scented wax into the mason jar. Position the wick to the center of the mason jar. After the wax hardens, you will get a beautiful scented soy candle for freshening up your home.
You can make your home smell good with this easy potpourri recipe made with flower petals. You can select aromatic petals of flowers of your choice for making the potpourri. Nevertheless, rose is the most popular choice for this potpourri recipe. You will need about 6 cups of rose petals, 2 cups of rose buds, a cup of rose leaves and two cups of lavender petals, 2 tablespoons of ground gum or cellulose and 10 to 15 drops of rose essential oil. Dry the petals by spreading them on a large tray and place the tray in a warm dry place. After the petals have dried up, add the ground gum and the essential oil to the petals. Store the mixture in a paper bag and seal the bag tightly with clips. Store the bag in a dry place away from sunlight for about 4 to 6 weeks. After the scents have blended well, the potpourri can be used to freshen up your home.