How to Mix an Oil Based Air Freshener

Supermarket shelves are overflowing with manufactured air fresheners that you can buy to scent your home. The only problem is that some store-bought air fresheners are not only expensive, but they also may not work or smell as good as expected. Another problem is that once they are gone, they’re gone. You can make your own oil-based air fresheners for a fraction of the price, with enough ingredients left over to make several refills.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative bottle
  • Carrier oil (sweet almond oil)
  • Essential oil
  • Vodka
  • Reeds
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    • 1

      Fill a decorative bottle halfway with your choice of carrier oils. Carrier oils are fragrance-free, but work well in the dilution of essential oils. Carrier oils such as sweet almond oil also help to prevent premature evaporation of essential oil.

    • 2

      Add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to the bottle. If you prefer a stronger smell, you can add a few more drops. For a mild scent, add fewer drops.

    • 3

      Pour a small amount of vodka into the bottle. No more than a teaspoon is usually necessary for a bottle that holds 8 ozs. or less. Anything bigger, you may want to add about 2 tsps. of vodka to the batch. The vodka will also help prevent evaporation.

    • 4

      Gently stir the contents of the bottle; this helps with the emulsification process. Use a barbecue skewer for mixing the contents in tight-necked bottles.

    • 5

      Set the oil-based air freshener in a room, making sure that it's in an out-of-the-way place where it won’t be bumped or spilled. You can add a few reeds to the oil to help diffuse the scent. Turn the reeds every few days to disperse the aroma of the oil-based air freshener.

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