DIY Natural Room and Linen Air Freshener Spray
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
How to make your own Air Freshener Spray
1. Add two scant tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to your spray bottle.
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!
3. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, screw the cap in place, shake, and use!
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.
You can also use felt scraps and essential oils to make hanging air fresheners that are great for a closet or car.
Do you use air fresheners?
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!