After dating for nearly four years, I thought I knew everything about my boyfriend when we moved in together. Goodness gracious, was I wrong! Turns out the man is a fiend for fragrance, totally obsessed with air freshener. (Hey, of all the strange things I could have uncovered, I’ll take it!)
Now this poses just the teensiest little bit of an issue with me considering everything I know about fragrance: it’s basically a chemical sh**-storm made to smell like a bouquet of roses. And by “basically” I do mean “literally.” (See Why your perfume is poison for more information).
So, those store-bought “air fresheners”? Uh uh. No way! Not in my home!
But this is our home, so I knew I needed to compromise.
And this, my friends, is the fruits of my compromise: 3 non-toxic DIY air fresheners.
1. The classic spray air freshener
To make a spray air freshener, you need just four materials: 1) a spray bottle, 2) water, 3) rubbing alcohol (90% alcohol or so), and 4) essential oils of your choice (for each of these, I used just ylang ylang since I really really like it).
Combine 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup alcohol, and add 15-25 drops of essential oil of your choice (depending on how strong you want the scent). Shake the mixture before spraying. The alcohol will help the spray evaporate more quickly, but be careful, the floor may be a little wet for a minute or so after spraying.
Like my cute little green glass spray bottle? Check out how easy it is to make your own!
2. The oil diffuser
To make an oil diffuser, again, you need just four materials: 1) a small glass bottle or bud vase, 2) 5-10 bamboo kabob skewers (more skewers = more scent), 3) a carrier oil (sweet almond, safflower, or jojoba oil are light and can easily travel up the skewers), and 4) essential oils of your choice.
Put 1/4 cup of carrier oil in the bottle/vase and add 15-25 drops of essential oil of your choice. Stir the oils together with a skewer, and then place the rest of the skewers in the bottle/vase. Within a couple of hours, the oil should have traveled up the skewers and the scent should be noticeable.
3. The baking soda shake freshener
To make a baking soda air freshener, yet again, you need just four materials: 1) a small glass canning jar, 2) baking soda, 3) a piece of cloth or sturdy paper to cover the jar (which will allow the scent but not the contents to escape the jar), and 4) essential oils of your choice.
Add 1/2 of a cup of baking soda and 15-25 drops of essential oil to the jar and stir them together. Place the lid and jar covering (cloth or paper) on top and you are ready to go!
This air freshener is great since it constantly emits a light scent while the baking soda works to absorb any unwanted scents. When you need more scent, just give it a little shake! This air freshener may or may not have found its home in the bathroom.