DIY Air Freshener Recipe

Let’s make homemade DIY air freshener that smells amazing…and actually works!

We are trying to limit the chemicals in our home and it is time to make a batch of my favorite Air Freshener Recipe.  This simple 4 ingredient homemade natural cleaning product uses essential oils and you can control what type of smell you want.

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Your homemade air freshener is going to smell so good!

One-by-one we are throwing away the synthetic gunk! We are starting to use homemade cleaners, Shea Butter Lotion (*the best*) and other things like homemade hand sanitizer.

You get it, we are on a get-rid-of-chemicals kick!

But we still like a fresh smelling home, and let’s admit it. A houseful of bodies can get stinky for a myriad of reasons!

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Easy Air Freshener Recipe

For an air freshener to work it needs to be a clean, crisp smell that doesn’t feel like a disinfectant or overly perfumed.  The smell needs to be pleasant, but not overwhelming.  The smell also needs to stay for more than a few minutes!

Oh, and it can’t just smell like it is ADDING to the smell.  A good air freshener will replace and “clean up” the air around you.

Supplies Needed to Make Homemade Air Freshener

Instructions to Make Homemade Air Freshener

Step 1

Pour your water and rubbing alcohol into your bottle.

Step 2

Add the baking soda and the essential oils.

Step 3

Mix the bottle well for a couple of minutes so the baking soda dissolves – don’t shake, swirl it.  

Ready to Use!

You will need to “re-swirl” the bottle before each use.

Essential Oil Combinations for Chemical-Free Air Freshener Scents

We love Essential oils. They just smell really good and they don’t give you that scent “hangover” you might get smelling the chemical substitutes…think about it next time you walk down the detergent aisle at your local grocery store.

Favorite Essential Oil Combinations for Air Fresheners

  • Lemon  (15 drops) – by itself, lovely!
  • Lavender (15 drops) – another one that is great solo!
  • Purification (15 drops) – a delicious combination of grapefruit, tangerine and lime.
  • Lemon (10 drops) & Peppermint (5 Drops) – a happy clean smell!

Substitutions for Essential Oils

If you don’t have essential oils on-hand we have also made this recipe with Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract. 

Both smell great – albeit, they make me a touch hungry!

Yield: Medium size bottle

Homemade Air Freshener Recipe

Homemade Air Freshener Recipe - DIY - Kids Activities Blog

If you are looking to limit chemicals in your home or just want a product that smells better, we have something that you are going to love. It is an air freshener recipe. This DIY cleaning product is similar to the way you would use Febreze or other air and clothing refreshers.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $15-$20


  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 15-20 drops of Essential Oils


  • Bottle large enough to accommodate 2 2/2 cups of liquid (or start it in a bowl or pitcher and then separate into smaller bottles)
  • Spray bottle attachment for bottle


  1. Pour water and rubbing alcohol into the bottle.
  2. Add the baking soda and essential oils.
  3. Mix bottle well so baking soda dissolves.
  4. Ready for use!
  5. Gently swirl liquid before each use.


Essential Oil Combinations we have used:

  • Lemon  (15 drops) – by itself, lovely!
  • Lavender (15 drops) – another one that is great solo!
  • Purification (15 drops) – a delicious combination of grapefruit, tangerine and lime.
  • Lemon (10 drops) & Peppermint (5 Drops) – a happy clean smell!

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What essential oil combo did you use in your natural DIY homemade air freshener?

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