There is a dazzling array of spray-bottle air fresheners on the market today. Typically, they work by masking bad smells, or by serving a deodorizing agent that eliminates unpleasant odors. However, they also tend to release artificial and sometimes harmful gases and chemicals into the air, doing potential damage to our health and environment. Essential oils offer a 100 percent natural compound for freshening the air in your home. What's more, these oils have been proven to treat a range of diseases and conditions. You may use individual essential oils like lavender on their own, or you may blend four to five different oils to create a unique scent and/or produce a specific physiological, medicinal or emotional benefit. Here's how to make a spray bottle air freshener:
Things You'll Need
Glass bottle with attached spray nozzle
1 glass distilled water
10 drops essential oil for every 2 oz. water
Blend lavender, lemon (or orange) and eucalyptus essential oils for a disinfecting air-freshener spray.
Choose citrus oils like lime, lemon, grapefruit or mandarin to create a fresh, lively atmosphere. Other stimulating essential oils are peppermint and eucalyptus, which help clear sinus problems, colds and even headaches.
Select rose, sandalwood, Jasmine or sandalwood for a gently uplifting scent that is neither sharp nor excessively invigorating.
Pick chamomile or ylang ylang essential oils for a soothing, calming scent that's ideal for children's bedrooms. At bedtime, such an aroma can make for a pleasant, unobtrusive send-off to la-la-land.
Rosemary, basil and peppermint help to promote a clear and alert mind, boost concentration and stimulate memory. Use them in your study, or some other room where you or your child do your homework and expand your knowledge. Peppermint is also a great pick-me-up when dealing with mental fatigue.
Measure the essential oil or oils of your choice into your spray bottle. Add 8 to 10 drops of essential oil for every 2 ounces of water that you use.
Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Shake well before each use. Use as needed by spraying into the air.
When not in use, store your herbal-spray air freshener in a dark place, such as a closet.
It is strongly recommended that you not blend more than four or five essential oils to create a scent. You can vary the amount of each essential oil to suit your taste and purposes. Use a glass bottle rather than a plastic one, as the plastic may taint the essential oils if they remain in contact with them for a long period of time. If you do not have a glass spray bottle, then store your air freshener in a glass bottle or other container and only transfer a small portion at a time to the plastic bottle. There is a broad array of essential oils available on the market from specialty suppliers and health stores. They also vary wildly in price. However, even the most expensive essential oil will be relatively economical to use because, you only need a few drops at a time.