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How to Make Homemade Gel Air Fresheners

Updated on April 23, 2013
How to make Homemade Gel Air Fresheners.
How to make Homemade Gel Air Fresheners.

Looking for a great way to freshen up a small space? Need an easy teacher gift? Try making these simple homemade gel air fresheners. They are inexpensive and take less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

The homemade gel air freshener recipe below will make about three gel air fresheners, or you can double the recipe like I did and make seven.


  • 4 small packets of unflavored gelatin
  • Essential oil (can be purchased in the candle section at most craft stores)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Food coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon of salt
  • Heat proof containers (small candle holders are perfect and can be purchased for about $1 at most stores)

Start by putting 4 or 5 drops of food coloring in the bottom of your containers. There is no need to go overboard here. 5 drops will be plenty to give your gel air fresheners a lovely color.

Next add 20 – 30 drops of the essential oil.

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to medium and slowly add the packets of unflavored gelatin. Give it a couple of minutes of simmering while stirring constantly.

It doesn't look like much, but the magic is about to happen.
It doesn't look like much, but the magic is about to happen.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the cold water and salt. Why salt? Well these gel air fresheners are going to last for about a month, and supposedly the salt will keep mold from forming. Continue to stir the mixture. When the salt has dissolved, pour the gelatin mixture into your heat proof containers.

Take a disposable plastic utensil and stir your gel air fresheners.

That’s it! Easy as pie…well, in all honesty, easier than pie! Now just let your homemade gel air fresheners sit overnight to set the gelatin.

You can decorate your containers with ribbon and baubles to make them perfect small homemade gifts. Or even write on them with permanent markers or paint pens.

How to make homemade Gel Air Fresheners.
How to make homemade Gel Air Fresheners.

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