Scent Your Space Naturally with Homemade Air Fresheners

6 Feb

By Charlynn Avery

homemade air freshenerHave you ever considered what creates the aroma of that “new car scent” air freshener dangling from your rear view mirror?

Sure, it may help you ignore the reality that your car is not, in fact, new. But it won’t give you the benefits of pure essential oils. Below, I’ll give you ideas for how to make your own homemade air freshener that smells great, looks good and is perfectly natural.

Most commercial air fresheners come in one strength, which is often overwhelming. With a homemade air freshener, you can choose the strength of the aroma and refresh it as needed. So, as you create your own air freshener, you’ll use essential oils and your creativity to formulate an aroma that works best for you, in terms of both preference and aromatherapy benefits. You control the naturalness as well as the potency of the resulting air freshener.

Additionally, homemade air fresheners are better for your health. Many people have adverse reactions to the synthetic fragrances contained in commercial air fresheners and hundreds of other products we use on a daily basis. You can avoid these potentially harmful substances by using pure essential oils for scent instead.

The following are some of my favorite essential oils for air fresheners:

  • Bergamot is both uplifting and calming, and is one of the best natural deodorizers. This makes it perfect for road trips.
  • Peppermint and vanilla is a sweet, uplifting and calming combination. You get the stimulating benefits of peppermint and the comfort of vanilla. It feels homey, and it’s an aromatic combination that kids and adults like.
  • Rosemary and lemon is a brightening, stimulating and fresh combination. The citrus and herbal scent smells clean – which is great for the car. It’s also a good mental booster.
  • Sweet orange is brightening and uplifting, and covers foul odors. It’s a good scent for uplifting your mood during the winter months and can remind you of sunnier days.
  • Pine is a woody, stimulating and herbal scent, and brings the best of nature inside. Your car will smell naturally fresh.

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2 Responses to “Scent Your Space Naturally with Homemade Air Fresheners”

  1. ShellyK August 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    How long will the sent last?

    • katelintiernan September 3, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Hello Shelly and thanks for asking. This depends on a variety of factors, so we can’t tell you for certain how long your air freshener’s scent will last. However, you can keep reapplying your essential oil to the same air freshener as the scent diminishes.

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