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DIY Natural Room and Linen Air Freshener Spray

Updated on October 9, 2014
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Essential Oil Air, Room, and Linen Spray

My husband loves having a house and laundry that "smell good," but I hate chemical scents that make me sneeze. So what can we do? Make our own air fresheners from natural ingredients! It's far easier than you might guess, and chances are good you already have most of the things you need at home to make your own essential oil sprays. Plus, once you have the necessary materials, you can also make your own diffusers and hanging air fresheners too!

Why use Natural Air Fresheners?

The official jury is still out on whether store-bought air fresheners are detrimental to your health, but studies have found many of them contain harmful volatile organic compounds and/or phthalates. If you'd like to read more about it, the National Resources Defense Council has more in-depth information about air fresheners. I personally don't think it matters whether or not the government has declared air fresheners harmful or banned particular ingredients - anything that makes me sneeze like I'm trying for a world record can't be good!

Supplies for DIY Air Freshener

  • One small pump spray bottle (or more, if you'd like different scents!)
  • Rubbing alcohol - the higher the alcohol percentage, the better
  • Distilled water
  • Essential oils
  • A tablespoon

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How to make your own Air Freshener Spray

1. Add two scant tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to your spray bottle.

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2. Add 30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Oils vary in strength, so go with the amount that's right for you and your preferences!

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3. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, screw the cap in place, shake, and use!

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The alcohol helps bind the essential oils and water together, but you're still literally combining oil and water. This means your spray will probably visually separate and you will always need to give it a shake before using it.

Everyone has their personal favorite essential oil scents and brands, but I've been using the sampler set of six shown to the right for months now and am perfectly happy with them. No matter which oils you choose, I recommend looking for ones that are high quality that are mostly or all natural essential oil without filler oils. High quality essential oils can be expensive, but you generally get what you pay for!

Essential Oil Air Freshener Ideas

Once you have essential oils, there's no need to stop after making room spray! You can use the same materials to make your own reed diffuser, too. The ingredients are literally the same as the spray - water, alcohol, and oils - you just use them in a slightly different manner to create a continuous diffuser instead of a spray.

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You can also use felt scraps and essential oils to make hanging air fresheners that are great for a closet or car.

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When you're making up a bottle of room spray, don't forget that scents can affect your mood and state of mind. You can use this to your advantage by mixing up custom blends that make you feel happier, calmer, invigorated, or relaxed. Fellow Hubber Rajan Jolly has a great list of essential oils and their purported benefits that you can look at, and there is information available on scent/mood research available at places like Live Science.

No matter what scents you choose to use, I hope you enjoy making your own air freshening spray!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's good to see you back writing....what's happening with the teaching career?

      Okay, the hub...good information...passing it on to my wife, who will love it.

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi!

      I've always still been writing, just on my two blogs instead of here. =) Now that our totally DIY wedding is past and most of the after the wedding paperwork is finished, I'm trying to get back to HP a bit, too.

      I'm not teaching while we're living in Hawaii because it was too much to get everything transferred to here only to leave again next year. We originally weren't even supposed to be here for the entirety of the current school year!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the useful information, Natasha. Your suggestions sound lovely.

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks, Alicia! Everything around here today smells wonderfully of lemongrass. =)

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great suggestions Natasha, I have been looking for a way to do this for a while as like you I don't cope too well with bought sprays..will pin this on my creativity @ its best board & share..Cheers

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the awesome tutorials! I'm not sure when I'll ever get around to making my own home cleaning and scent products, but I would love to at some point. I own a couple of those reed diffusers. It would be great to fill them with something natural.

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      The homemade diffuser solution tends to evaporate a bit more quickly than store-bought, but it also has such fewer chemicals and doesn't cause nearly as much sneezing!

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks so much for pinning and I hope you enjoy this more natural solution!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      With the cost of room freshners these days, this idea will certainly save money for so many out there. I love the natural oils available and may have to make this soon.

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, the cost difference can really add up to some savings! I hope you get the chance to try the DIY variety room freshener and enjoy it.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I do something very similar with a blended oil of citrus, cinnamon, clove, lemon and few other oils. It works very well in the kitchen and bath and smells awesome! Voted up and sharing!

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      That sounds so delicious and warming!

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      Prince Edike 2 years ago from Philippines

      Sound cool ....wana try this soon

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy and can find the perfect natural scent for yourself. =)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      What a great idea! I'm thinking that they would make nice homemade Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers. Nice way to save some money too.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      My great niece makes her own fragrances, candles, and cleaning products. Quite frankly I am impressed and need to follow her example.

      I will be giving some of these suggestions a try as well.

      Have a lovely day

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps Pinned

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Definitely! Make up some cute labels, stick 'em on, and you'd have a great gift.

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks so much for pinning! I make some of my own cleaning products, but, honestly, not as many as I used to.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Clever ideas, Natasha! It can also save you money. Voted up!

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