Indoor air quality is very important as more and more people spend time indoors, especially in colder months. Unfortunately, air pollution, mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses can all impact air quality. Poor ventilation can also affect it as smells from the bathroom, kitchens and garbage area become difficult to get rid of. One can always use chemical air fresheners however many commercial ones are known to contain phthalates. Phthalates are proven to impact hormones and growth of fetus. Moreover, commercial air fresheners only mask the smells and do not eliminate them. So today we will take at natural DIY homemade air freshener recipes using non-toxic and safe ingredients like baking soda, lemons, herbs and essential oils.
1. DIY air freshener with baking soda
Baking soda is commonly available in our kitchen pantry. It is slightly alkaline having a ph of 8.1. Open a box of baking soda and place it in your refrigerator to absorb all food smells. You can also use baking soda for cleaning bathroom, toilet and kitchen countertops to cut grease and remove odors. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda all over the carpet and vacuum after 10 minutes to remove carpet odors. Here is an easy air freshener recipe with baking soda:
- 1 box baking soda
- 30 drops essential oils (Lavender, Lemon, Orange etc are good choices)
- Small glass containers
In each container, add the baking soda. Next, add the essential oils. Mix them well. Cover the container with fabric or lid of the container. Place these containers in different rooms. This will absorb odors and also keep the room smelling fresh.
2. DIY air freshener without essential oils
Essential oils are great ingredients for diy homemade air fresheners but they can be pretty expensive. Here is a recipe without essential oils.
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 cotton balls
Soak cotton balls in vanilla extract and place them in a few open bowls around the room. This homemade vanilla air freshener is the perfect way of making your home smell inviting all year round. Replenish the cotton wool with fresh vanilla every few days.
3. Homemade air freshener with lemons and oranges
Simmer a pot of water and add some orange slices, lemon slices, as well as some use orange and lemon peels. Toss in some cinnamon or cloves. Continue simmering for 20 minutes (make sure the water level is adequate to prevent burning). Your home will smell citrusy and fresh and all odors will be neutralized by this easy homemade air freshener with lemon and oranges.
4. Quick and easy homemade air freshener
Make a potpourri with dried herbs and flowers. Place them in open bowls or add them to sachets and place them in the laundry closet, bathroom etc. You can also place these on your coffee table or even the windowsills. You can also keep cut flowers smelling fresh longer by adding baking soda to the vase water.
5. Easy carpet deodorizer
Use this recipe to clean carpets and deodorize musty smell that arises from them:
- 3 parts baking soda
- 1 part each scented talcum powder and cornstarch
Mix the soda, cornstarch and talc. Sprinkle liberally all over the carpet. Let sit for 20 minutes. Vacuum as usual. This will remove odors.
6. Diy air freshener spray with herbs
- 2 tbsp dried sage
- 4 tbsp bay leaves
- 8 oz witch hazel
Crumble and mix the bay leaves and sage leaves. Add the witch hazel. Cover tightly and store in a container and place in a dark area without sunlight. Strain the mixture and add it to an atomizer. Spray to freshen air.
7. Seasonal air freshener recipes
Mix the oils according to the season. Use total of 8 drops of the mixture per 2 ½ cups water and fill up the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray all around the house every day to keep your home smelling great.
8. Car air freshener DIY
This is a very easy car air freshener. All you need is any essential oil of your choice and a clothespin (preferably wooden). Using a dropper, add 10-15 drops of the pure essential oil on the pin. Clip the pin in the car’s AC vent. Replenish the scent every few weeks. The best oils for freshening car’s interiors are Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Frankincense, Rosemary etc.
Instead of a clothespin, you can also soak a clay disc with 10-15 drops of an essential oil of your choice and place it in the car.
DIY homemade air freshener is easy to make, inexpensive and also versatile. You can change the fragrances based on the season and also keep your indoor air quality free of harmful toxins and chemicals.