Whether it’s pets, kids, sports equipment, or a partner with a particular love of very ripe cheese (as in my case), there are times when your home could probably use an aroma makeover. There are endless air freshener products on the market and they are becoming more and more sophisticated. Yet, many of them contain chemicals that can be irritating. However, there are alternatives. You can make your own natural air freshener in a matter of minutes with a few simple ingredients…read on!
In all cases, don’t spray any of these onto the walls or furniture as some ingredients, such as lemon, can cause discoloration.
So, lets’ get started with some recipes.
For the bathroom
Might as well start off with the room most often in need of a fresh smell! My husband likes to have incense in the bathroom, which is a natural air freshener I suppose. However, I find the smoke irritating and I haven’t yet found an incense smell that I’m overly fond of. So here are some alternatives:
- Place a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil in the inside of the roll of your toilet paper. Gives a fresh smell every time you roll (source)!
- Mix 6 drops of rosemary oil, 8 drops of lemon oil, 6 drops of lavender oil and 200ml of water in a spray bottle (source). Spray as necessary.
- If you aren’t keen on scents but just want to get rid of offensive odours, place a small bowl of baking soda somewhere discreetly on a top shelf. It will help absorb odours without masking them with a new smell.
For the kitchen
- A box of baking soda or coffee grounds wrapped in some cloth strategically placed at the back of the fridge can help remove those challenging fridge odours.
- A vanilla spice air freshener is particularly nice around the holidays. Place 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 1 tbsp of natural vanilla extract, 1 tsp of whole cloves, and 1 cinnamon stick into a pot. Bring them to a boil and then turn down the heat and let simmer for for 2-3 minutes. Once the mixture is cooled, strain the liquid and pour it into a spray bottle (source).
For the bedroom
- Mix 8 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil with 12 drops of Patchouli oil and 200ml of water. Mix well and spray (source).
For any room
- Completely dissolve a 1/2 cup of baking soda into 2 cups of very hot water. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and then pour into a misting bottle (source).
A word on essential oils
I’m a big fan of using essential oils, particularly as I can mix and match to create the smell I’m looking for and also benefit from some aromatherapy at the same time.
The best deodorizing essential oils are bergamot, lavender, lemon, lime, pine, and rosemary. Eucalyptus, lavender, lemon and tee tree all have natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and so they work as purifying essential oils in your home.
Of course, they always say if you’re trying to sell your home, you should bake an apple pie or a loaf of bread in the oven just before an open house. Nothing beats home baking to make a house smell amazing – and there are some fringe benefits with that approach too! This video has a few additional hints and tips when it comes to making your own natural air freshener.