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How to make a homemade air freshener

Want your house to smell lovely but prefer a natural solution? Check out our simple guide on how to create a homemade room freshener.

There is nothing like coming back to a nice smelling home after a long day. There are a lot of ways to make your house smell good: whether it’s by lighting a candle, misting your room with a refreshing spray or just using a commercial air freshener.


In case you want to try a more natural solution, read this roundup of the best recipes for a homemade air freshener which is easy to make and won’t break the bank.



  1. How to make homemade room fresheners: spray bottles


There are an endless number of ingredients that you can mix together to create this easy and effective natural room freshener. The only things that you need are:


  • 250 ml spray bottle
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 table spoons of alcohol/vodka or vanilla extract
  • essential oils


Alcohol, vodka or vanilla extract allow the homemade room freshener to dry faster, mixes essential oils with water better. The former two also act as homemade disinfectants. For essential oils, choose any that you find any appealing and feel free to experiment with different scents. Invigorating citrus scents like orange or grapefruit, as well as more gentle options like jasmine or rose are safe options.


  1. How to make room fresheners: Reed diffusers


Reed diffusers always look very sophisticated, but store-bought varieties can be pricey. Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to make one at home. For this elegant natural room freshener, you just need a few items:


  • a vase
  • bamboo skewers
  • baby oil
  • essential oils
  • ribbons/stickers/decorations (optional)


The process can’t be simpler. Pour as much essential oils as you want in a vase, then fill the rest with baby oil. Next, just add the bamboo sticks and decorate the vase according to your tastes. Now you have a beautiful homemade air freshener under 5 minutes!


  1. How to make natural room fresheners: Simmer pots


Simmer pots are amazing options for an at home natural room freshener. Just fill 2/3 of a small stockpot with water and bring it to a boil. Add your ingredients and wait for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. The scent will last for two days if you top up your water regularly. However, always make sure to switch off you hop overnight.


You can vary the ingredients depending on the time of year: uplifting lemon, peppermint and rosemary can be a great option for summer, while comforting scents of orange and cinnamon will make any house feel cosy in winter.

Key Steps

  • Essential oils are your best friends: mix and match according to your mood.
  • Less is more: essential oils have a very strong scent, so try don’t add too much.
  • Safety first: always test oils and ingredients on a small area first to prevent damage to your home or an allergic reaction for you or one of the family.

Top Tip:

Did you know that baking soda can also be used as a homemade air freshener? Mix it with essential oils and place in a desired place for a gorgeous aroma.


Less is more, so don’t add too much essential oil to your mixture.