How to DIY Your Own Air Freshener

Oil Diffuser

There are a couple of different ways to make an air freshener. You have sprays, which are up to you when to spray and the set it and forget it options like gels and diffusers. We’ll cover both of these options, so you have the choice of what works best for you. With many people spending more time indoors these days, we figured it would be a great time to offer our DIY air freshener tips!


Air freshener sprays are great choices because you can use them whenever a smell arises. The formula is simple and allows for a lot of customization. First, take water, add your favorite essential oil for scent, and an emulsifier. Alcohol is the most typical, but you can even use vodka. Shake it all up, put it in a spray bottle, and you’re good to go.

Mix the emulsifier and water (distilled is preferable for most extended shelf life) in a 1 to 3 ratio. So you’ll want one-third of your emulsifier when compared to your larger quantity of water. You’ll only need a few drops of your essential oil for the scent to come through. For a small spray bottle, about ten drops works. For a larger one, you can use closer to 20.

If you’re not sure what essential oil is best for you, lemon, lavender, and citrus oil all have pleasant scents. Some people even believe that certain oils have beneficial effects beyond the smell. Feel free to customize and try different combinations.

Remember, you can spray in the air, on your furniture, or on the clothes in your drawers to freshen them up.

Gels and Diffuser

Gels are pretty easy to make! If you’ve made Jello, it’s basically the same thing. Make a normal serving of gelatin and add ten to twenty drops of oil. Add a tablespoon of salt to prevent spoilage. As the gelatin evaporates, the scent particles will slowly release, adding a pleasant smell to the air.

A diffuser uses a similar formula as the spray bottle. However, you’ll want to put it in a small vase, preferably with a small opening to slow the rate of evaporation. Add some reed diffusers, and the scent will slowly get added to the air over time.

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