Easy & Effective All Natural DIY Air Freshener Recipe

This homemade natural air freshener recipe is surprisingly easy to make because it only has 4 ingredients and works great. Making DIY air fresheners wasn’t something I even considered until I started using essential oils regularly at home. I love the ability to choose the scent and create the home smell I desire while overcoming the not-so-good smells!

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Your homemade air freshener is going to smell so good!

Making Natural Air Freshener

We are trying to limit the chemicals in our home (this includes limiting commercial air fresheners) and it is time to make a batch of my favorite Air Freshener Recipe with natural ingredients

This simple 4 ingredient homemade natural cleaning product uses drops of essential oil and you can control what type of smell you want.

Related: Make homemade hand sanitizer

I love a fresh-smelling home, and let’s admit it – a houseful of bodies can create sooo many unwanted odors and unpleasant smells for a myriad of reasons! Cinnamon sticks just aren’t enough anymore. That’s why we are making our own air fresheners to keep a fresh scent in our home without any toxic chemicals.

It might sound like a crazy idea to some, but the good news is that there is an easy way to make a nice room spray with a delicious scent. Say goodbye to artificial fragrances – and welcome this natural alternative!

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Let’s make this easy homemade air freshener recipe today!

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 (we prefer a clean scent over fresh flowers) but not overwhelming. 
  • The smell also needs to stay for more than a few minutes.
  • The scent can’t smell like it is ADDING to the smell. 
  • A good homemade air freshener spray will replace and “clean up” the air around you.

The best thing about this recipe is that you only need household products that you most likely already have, enough water, and of course, your favorite essential oils.

Supplies Needed to Make Homemade Air Freshener

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup of Rubbing alcohol
  • 15-20 drops of Essential Oils (below I have my favorite combinations listed)

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 – here’s an important part – don’t shake, swirl it. 

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Before each use, shake a little…

Before Each Use

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

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.

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Let’s make the exact air freshener scent we want for home…

My Favorite Essential Oil Combinations for Spray Air Freshener

Use around 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil – we recommend trying these:

  • Lemon (15 drops) – by itself, lovely!
  • Lavender (15 drops) – another one that is great solo!
  • Geranium (10 drops) & lemongrass (5 drops) – a fresh herbs smell!
  • Grapefruit (10 drops) & orange (5 drops) – natural fragrance of citrus
  • Purification (15 drops) – a delicious combination of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime.
  • Lemon (10 drops) & Peppermint (5 Drops) – a happy clean smell!
  • Eucalyptus radiata (15 drops) – room fresheners that help clean nasal passages
  • Jasmine (10 drops) & Melissa – natural scents that make any room smell sweet

Substitutions for Essential Oils Air Freshener Sprays

If you don’t have essential oils on-hand we have also made this recipe with a teaspoon of vanilla extract or Almond Extract. 

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

Yield: Medium size bottle

Homemade Air Freshener Recipe

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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 without dangerous chemicals. 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

Materials

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

Tools

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Essential Oil Combinations we have used:

    • Lemon  (15 drops) – by itself, lovely!
    • Lavender (15 drops) – another one that is great solo!
    • Geranium (10 drops) & lemongrass (5 drops) - a fresh herbs smell!
    • Grapefruit (10 drops) & orange (5 drops) - natural fragrance of citrus
    • Purification (15 drops) – a delicious combination of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime.
    • Lemon (10 drops) & Peppermint (5 Drops) – a happy clean smell!
    • Eucalyptus (15 drops) - room fresheners that help clean nasal passages
    • Jasmine (10 drops) & melissa - natural scents

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

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