13 Homemade Air Fresheners

I love walking into my home to be greeted by a wonderful fragrant scent.

Don't you?

The problem is that most store bought air fresheners contain harmful chemicals, irritate the nose and smell kind of fake.

Homemade air fresheners, on the other hand, are healthier, cheaper and actually smell a whole lot better.

And they aren't very difficult to make.

1. Simmer Pots

All you need is a small saucepan and 1/2 cup of water. Then you throw in a handful of fragrant ingredients and let it simmer away on the stove, while it infuses your home with a delightful smell.

This is quick, easy and smells delightful.

Common ingredients are citrus peels, spices or vanilla. But you can mix it up with whatever you like.

Check out this article from Simple Beautiful Life for 10 great simmer pot recipes.

2. Essential Oil Spray

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This is a simple three ingredient solution. All you need to do is mix water, vodka and our choice of essential oils into a small spray bottle.

The vodka helps to mix the oil and water, while also helping the air freshener dry faster.

You can use any combination of essential oils that you like such as lavender and lemon or mint and rosemary.

Check out this article from The Prairie Homestead for 10 awesome recipes.

3. Orange Peel Candle

Did you know that you can make a candle from an orange? I didn't either until I saw this video from the Crazy Russian Hacker.

An orange candle burns for quite a while and lets off a gentle citrus smell.

4. Oil Scented Wood

Wood absorbs odors. This can be a bad thing when exposed to damp but a wonderful thing if you want to make a delightful air freshener for your home.

Just get some craft wood cubes, some scented oils and mix well. Soak overnight in the oil and place around the home. If the scent fades all you need to do is repply the oil.

Check out this article for more detailed instructions.

5. Gel Air Fresheners

Using a simple recipe with water and gelatin, you can easily create your own natural gel air freshener.

All you do is heat the water and gelatin on the stove, add whatever aromatic flavorings you want and allow to cool in a suitable container.

Not only do they look amazing, but they smell great as well.

Check out this article on One Good Thing for the recipe.

6. Reed Diffusers

reed diffusers

Reed diffusers are well known as air fresheners, but did you know that you can make your own?

All you need is a small glass container and a few reed diffuser sticks or bamboo skewers. Mix together some carrier oil with an essential oil of your choice and you have an excellent homemade air freshener.

Have a look at this article for further details and some essential oil combos.

7. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a wonderful air freshener as it actually absorbs odors rather than just masking them with a nice smell.

You can leave baking soda out in a small bowl or container.

Or you can mix it with water and essential oils in a spray bottle and use it to spray around the room.

8. Cat Litter

This one may seem strange, but think about it. Cat litter exists to absorb the smell of urine so it can also be used to absorb other odors in your home as well.

This is because the main ingredient is diatomaceous earth, a porous dust that is an excellent deodorizer.

9. Coffee Grounds

coffee grounds

Not only does coffee smell amazing, but the grounds absorb other odors in the air.

A great DIY air freshener is to dry out some coffee grounds and stuff them into a stocking. Hang it up and you have a coffee scented air freshener.

10. Lemon Or Lime Spray

Lemon is a well known household cleaner and it does a great job as a homemade air freshener as well.

Simply mix lemon or lime juice with water, put it into a spray bottle and you have a simple yet effective air freshener.

11. Rice And Essential Oils

Another easy way to use essential oils is to use rice. Rather than a reed diffuser or spray, you simply pour a small amount of rice into a bowl and add essential oils.

The rice absorbs the oils and slowly releases them into the air.

12. Eucalyptus


Eucalyptus is one of the essential oils that you might use for one of the other methods.

But if you can get your hands on some eucalyptus branches then why not put them around your house.

The leaves will absorb bad odors and leave a wonderful clean scent of its own.

13. Rose Water

Flowers on their own are great air fresheners, but another option is to use rose water.

Add a few drops of rose oil into some water. You can either spray it around the room or leave it in a small bowl with some rose petals on top.


There are so many different ways you can make homemade air fresheners.

My personal favorite is the simmer pot, but another easy one is the essential oil and vodka spray.

Try out several and see which ones you like the most. At the very least it will be a bit of fun and I'm sure you will enjoy the smells.

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