DIY Air Freshener Ideas For Diffusers or Spray bottles – by Eliza
Ah… spring cleaning! You have tossed, tidied and essentially put your house back in order. Everything is looking neat, tidy and sparkly clean.
I love the smell of a freshly cleaned house. You’ve had the windows open and the room smells of fresh Spring air. How do you keep it that way?
As most of you know I’m a firm believer in essential oils for many many things.
Today I’d like to share with you some (Do It Yourself) – DIY air freshener ideas for recipes that can be used in spray bottles, reed diffusers or ultrasonic diffusers.
I know you’re going to love my recipes. You only need a few ingredients and the best thing of all – think about all the money you will save making your own homemade air fresheners.
Actually, I propose it’s not so much about the money you’re going to save, but how it’s going to impact your health and well-being.
Just think about it – with homemade air fresheners you won’t be filling your home with chemicals and irritants that can possibly cause you to become ill.
A Research study done in ScienceDaily found that many top-selling Air freshener and laundry products when tested gave off at least one chemical or toxic ingredient that was not listed on the product label.
Studies like this one at the University of Washington are starting to show commercial cleaning products and air fresheners often contribute to indoor air pollution. This indoor pollution is often associated with some unpleasant health conditions.
This is why I’m a firm believer in using Green, Natural products like essential oils as often as I can.
In my last article on Spring cleaning. I introduced you to some of my Green, Natural cleaning product recipes. Feel free to check out my Spring Cleaning Foolproof plan.
Now that our home is clean and tidy, let’s take a look at some steps to maintain or even clean our indoor air…
SOURCES OF INDOOR AIR POLLUTION:
Most of you are aware that indoor air pollution can come from the exhaust of vehicles outside, tobacco smoke, pet dander, pollen, poor ventilation in your homes but there are some other less obvious sources of indoor air pollution as well.
What are some of these less obvious sources of indoor air pollution?
- Mold and mildew
- Chemicals, pesticides, permanent markers, glue, paint fumes…
- Formaldehyde from laminate, particleboard and even permanent press fabrics
- Chemicals from aerosol sprays
- And more…
CLEANING PRODUCTS CAN POLLUTE INDOOR AIR TOO
As we talked about earlier and in my previous article some of the cleaning products we like to use can pollute our indoor air.
We often think that these cleaning products are making the air in our homes cleaner, but in fact they may be putting pollutants into our indoor air making it unhealthy.
Things like chlorine bleach in your laundry detergent or chemicals found in air fresheners can all overtime, accumulate and have a huge impact on our health and indoor air quality.
WHAT IS THE RISK TO YOUR HEALTH
Sadly a lot of the times you aren’t even aware that your home is filled with indoor air pollutants that might be causing some problems with your health.
You might just think you have the sniffles or a cold that just won’t go away. Sometimes you get itchy eyes or a scratchy throat and some people even get unexplained rashes.
According to WHO (the world health organization) just under 4 million people die each year from exposure to indoor air pollutants due to “illness attributable to household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices using polluting stoves paired with solid fuels and kerosene”.
Wow to me this is huge! I think it’s so important that we look at as many ways as we can to clean up our indoor air!
LET’S LOOK AT SOME STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO CLEAN YOUR INDOOR AIR AND KEEP YOU HEALTHY
Open Your Windows:
During the winter most of us have had our windows closed. Closed windows trap air irritants and pollutants inside your home. Now that the weather is nicer and temperatures are a little bit milder take this opportunity to open your windows.
Keep in mind spring is also a time when there is pollen and other allergy irritants outside. If you or your family members do suffer from allergies try to open your windows when pollen is at its lowest.
You can check pollen count out on your weather channel. Typically, pollen is at its lowest after a good rain, about two hours after sunrise, or late at night.
There’s a wide variety of house plants that can remove pollutants from your home air. Some of these include Boston ferns, palm trees, spider plants, rubber plants and for those who don’t have a very good green thumb you can even add succulents and cacti.
You can purchase your air filtering houseplants from your local greenhouse or if you would prefer to shop from the convenience of your own home. Amazon now will deliver plants directly to your home!
Clean With Microfiber Cloths:
Using the right cleaning cloth is half your battle. I don’t recommend using feather dusters or swiffer dusters as they don’t seem to get those really fine particles that gather in the little crevices and cracks of your furniture.
Instead, I recommend using a damp microfiber cloth. Use your microfiber cloth to dust furniture, light fixture, shelves, picture frames, knickknacks, baseboards etc.
Not only do they help save the environment as there’s no need to buy disposable cloths or dusters, microfiber cloths are easy to rinse out and use over and over again.
Choose Your Fabrics Wisely:
I try to choose fabrics that are washable. The problem with silk and dry clean only fabrics is that they bring contaminants into your home and pollute your indoor air.
Dry cleaning chemicals that are used to clean your fabric often stick to those fabrics and are carried into your home.
Vacuuming and washing your fabric furniture or accessories like throw pillow helps keep your indoor air clean too.
Best Type of Vacuum:
Look for a vacuum that traps-in and seals dust particles. Vacuuming with a high-efficiency air filter or HEPA can usually get over 99% of those irritants out of your homes air.
The one I use is the Hoover Wind Tunnel. This Vacuum has a HEPA filter and a washable filter. The washable filter collects a lot of the dirt and can clearly be seen on the underside of the filter when you take it out.
Whatever dust does manage to make it through this filter is caught by the HEPA filter. The huge advantage here is that you can keep washing and reusing the washable filter. This protects the HEPA filter which rarely needs to be changed.
Change The Filter On Your Furnace:
Changing your filter on your furnace often, helps keep down any pollutants and particles that go through your HVAC system.
Some furnaces have two filters one that’s washable and one that’s disposable. It’s a good idea to check on your washable filter and clean at least once a year or as required by the manufacturer.
I like to recommend you use a HEPA filter for the disposable filter on your furnace. Although cheaper filters do an OK job removing ordinary dust from your home if you live in a high pollution area or you have pets the HEPA filter on your furnace is a great idea!
It’s a good idea to change your disposable HEPA filter for your furnace monthly if you have pets or live in a very dusty area.
I’ve left the BEST STEP #7 For Last –
Using Air Fresheners OR Should I say — Not Using Them:
I no longer use aerosol sprays, perfume or air fresheners in my home or in my car. I love to play around with different essential oils. I have lots of DIY air freshener ideas.
Whether I’m cleaning or looking to freshen the air I have My GO -TO DIY air freshener ideas that I rely on to make my own homemade recipes.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OF MY FAVORITE RECIPES
These recipes work well in your REED DIFFUSER OR SPRAY BOTTLE
DO NOT USE THESE RECIPES IN YOUR DIFFUSER as the vodka, rubbing alcohol or vinegar MAY DAMAGE YOUR DIFFUSER.)
GENERAL ALL-PURPOSE AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
1 cup of tap water (you can use distilled if you want)
2 tablespoons of cheap vodka or rubbing alcohol (optional)
10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (check out some combinations below)
- Combine all the ingredients and placed in a sealed mason jar.
- Use as a spray or in a reed diffuser. (do not place over candle or in an ultrasonic diffuser)
- Store unused mixture in a cool dark place
Note: DO NOT USE rubbing alcohol or vodka in YOUR DIFFUSER
FOR DIFFUSING: fill diffuser reservoir with tap water add a few drops of your favorite oil. (LESS IS MORE when it comes to diffusing oils!)
Essential oil options:
Spring or summer: I like lighter scents, such as lemon, grapefruit, rose, eucalyptus or lavender.
Fall or winter: I tend to try cinnamon, clove, ginger, lemon, eucalyptus or frankincense.
Feel free to experiment and discover those oils that suit you and your home. Playing around with the oil‘s is lots of fun! (If you want some ideas I’ve included a few options below… )
When making my homemade deodorizing air freshener the base I use is vinegar. Vinegar is great at eliminating odors and also adds its own fragrance too.
I find it does a fantastic job at deodorizing garbage cans and for those new moms out there diaper pails too!
1 cup of water
1 cup of vinegar (optional)
5 drop vanilla essential oil
4 drops melaleuca essential oil (aka tea tree oil)
8 drops lemon essential oil
6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Combine all the above ingredients into a mason jar that has a tight-fitting lid. Pour some into a glass spray bottle and use to deodorize ITEMS when needed. You can also spray in a room to remove cooking odors or smelly work boots!
**DO NOT USE THIS MIXTURE IN YOUR DIFFUSER unless you OMIT THE VINEGAR!
CITRUSY ALL-PURPOSE Air Freshener
1 cup of water
1 cup of vinegar (optional)
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops lime essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
- Put some in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle
- Store the unused portion in a cool dark place-I like to use mason jars and put them in paper bags to protect the essential oil from the light
This solution works great in your kitchen to freshen sinks, and garbage pails. I also like it in the bathroom as a room freshener, I often spray the shower area and it’s great for keeping that garbage pail smelling fresh.
DO NOT USE THIS MIXTURE IN YOUR DIFFUSER unless you OMIT the vinegar!
HERE ARE SOME COMBINATIONS TO EXPERIMENT WITH: (ADD THESE COMBINATIONS TO ABOUT 1 CUP OF WATER IN YOUR SPRAY BOTTLE – DO NOT USE FULL STRENGTH!)
IF USING YOUR DIFFUSER FOLLOW YOUR DIFFUSERS RECOMMENDATION AS TO STRENGTH
(KEEP THE RATIO – for example in the Citrus Mint Air Freshener spray 8/10 [orange – peppermint] drops in a large reservoir but reduce it for smaller reservoirs to 4/5 [orange to peppermint] drops)
1. Citrus Mint Air Freshener Spray
10 drops wild orange or lemon or grapefruit essential oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil
1 CUP of tap water
2. Lavender Air Freshener Spray
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops chamomile essential oil
Use 2 tablespoons real vanilla extract in place of the 2 tablespoons of vodka.
1 CUP of tap water
3. Holiday Air Freshener Spray
6 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
2 drops ginger essential oil
1 CUP of tap water
4. Focus Air Freshener Spray
(For those days you need to concentrate)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
8 drops rosemary essential oil
1 CUP or tap water
5. Grounding Air Freshener Spray
7 drops white fir essential oil
6 drops cedarwood essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
1 CUP of tap water
HOW TO USE YOUR HOMEMADE AIR FRESHENERS
I like to use a 4 or 8 ounce darkened glass spray bottle like these ones for my recipes. You certainly can double these recipes and use a larger spray bottle.
Most of the time I use my homemade air fresheners as a room spray. Typically, I put my solutions in a 4 or 8 ounce spray bottle, shake them well, and mist the air. An important thing to note here is to be careful when you mist the air around delicate fabrics like silk or leather. Essential oils have been known to leave spots or stain.
When storing your air freshener solutions I’d like to put them in glass containers like mason jars and brown bags to protect the essential oils from the light. Light tends to decrease the potency of an essential oil.
(I do not recommend storing or using plastic bottles with essential oils. Some essential oils have the tendency to break down plastic. I do recommend you purchase good quality food grade essential oils. My brand of choice is….
You may be wondering why I suggest using vodka or rubbing alcohol. When you add these to water it helps mix your solution better and helps the homemade air freshener to dry faster. You can omit this ingredient but I think it makes a better air freshener.
(TIP: if you do not have vodka or alcohol you can use vanilla extract – SO COOL AS IT ADD AN EXTRA KICK)
When diffusing air fresheners essential oils, I only add tap water and the essential oil(s). Most DIFFUSERS DO NOT RECOMMEND adding any other FILLERS to their reservoir!
When using essential oils to freshen the air I love to experiment with different smells. My favorite GO-TO oils to freshen my rooms are a combination of lemon, grapefruit and eucalyptus.
PLEASE remember to follow the directions on your diffuser. Essential oils are very potent and typically LESS IS MORE!
An additional way that you can use your homemade air fresheners are in a reed diffuser. Fill your bottle about 3/4 of the way with your preferred homemade air freshener. Add bamboo reeds or rattan reeds and wait two hours. Turn the reeds from end to end until the ends are moist.
Rotate the reeds daily and refill the jar as necessary.
Let’s wrap this up:
Knowing how to improve your air quality can have a great impact on protecting your family’s health and wellness. By following some of the above steps hopefully you can spend less time cleaning and will now have fresher, better quality indoor air.
Making your own air fresheners definitely has its advantages. My homemade air freshener recipes are awesome because not only are they Green and Natural they allow you to experience the health benefits of the oils as you clean and freshen your air.
I love the fresh smell of essential oils and there’s no fake perfumey smell like that from store bought air fresheners. The price is definitely right! And It is so much FUN to play around with scents and find what works best for you.
Don’t you think your health is worth it?
Please leave a few comments in the comment section below. I’d love to hear what you thought of my article and how you are using essential oils to freshen and clean your home’s indoor air!
Quote: “The greatest wealth is health.” – by Virgil
Affirmation: I am grateful for my healthy body and my environment.
Until next time,
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Disclaimer Essential Oils:
Please Remember: If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor or other healthcare professional before using essential oils.
Information found on my site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and wellness decisions based upon your own research and in conjunction with your physician or other healthcare professional.
Essential Oils are potent and considered ‘complementary and alternative’ medicine. if you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin.
Some essential oils like lemon and grapefruit are considered to be phototoxic. This means that you should avoid the sun or cover up as necessary when using these oils.I
If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician or healthcare provider before using these products.
Statements and products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Just a reminder keep in mind essential oils are absorbed through your skin so special attention should be taken when mixing your cleaning products.