How to Make Air Freshener With Essential Oils

If you are sensitive to chemically-based air fresheners, you can make your own natural version with essential oils. Only a few basic supplies are needed, and you can suit your air freshener to your specific needs. Make a pet odor-eliminating air freshener or a deodorizing spray for the kitchen. Use your favorite essential oils to keep your home fresh without using irritating chemical sprays.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled or spring water Essential oil of choice Rubbing alcohol (optional) Spray bottle Labels Permanent marker
  1. Instructions

    • 1

      Pour 1 cup of distilled or spring water into an empty spray bottle. If using a spray bottle that has been used before, make sure it is thoroughly clean and all residue from previous contents is removed.

    • 2

      Add 8-10 drops of essential oil of choice. Choose an essential oil for your specific needs. Lemon essential oil deodorizes and freshens; cedarwood and tea tree essential oils are effective against pet odor. Lavender or orange essential oils give a flowery, clean smell to any room. Experiment with different scents to find the one you like best.

    • 3

      Add 2 tsp. of rubbing alcohol to the spray bottle. Shake well to combine. This step is optional but will help keep the oils combined with the water.

    • 4

      Label the bottle with the contents, including date and type of essential oil used. Alternatively, you can write directly on the spray bottle with a magic marker, if you intend to use it only for your essential oil air freshener in the future.

    • 5

      Spray the essential oil air freshener on fabrics, pet bedding or into the air to keep your home smelling fresh and clean the natural way. Shake well before each use.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are hundreds of different essential oils to choose from. Visit a local natural health store to sample the various oils and find the ones you like best. Essential oils can also be bought inexpensively at online retailers.
  • Always spray the air freshener away from your body. Essential oils and rubbing alcohol can cause irritation if they get into the sensitive areas of the eyes, nose and mouth.
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