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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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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    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      4 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Yay!! Thanks for the update, I'm so glad it worked! They are such a great little craft, and so easy.

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      The Eclectic Mommy 

      4 years ago from The Ozarks

      Okay... update. I put them in the refrigerator and they did set. The gelatin did not dissolve completely in the boiling water, but it still worked! My kids' teachers loved them and I have 4 little jars in the kids' bathrooms! It smells like Christmas in there; cinnamon and wintergreen. Thank you for posting this!

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      4 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      That's so strange that it didn't mix. I usually use the generic gelatin, but I wouldn't think that would matter. I'd say it takes less than a couple of minutes to dissolve.

      As far as setting up, I just leave them on the counter over night and they are set by morning.

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      The Eclectic Mommy 

      4 years ago from The Ozarks

      My kids and I just finished out first batch and we are waiting on them to set. We bought Knox's brand of flavor free "gelatin." When I was pouring them into the boiling water, they did not want to mix. Do you know why? Also, they are not setting very quickly and we put them in the fridge to help speed up the process. How long does it usually to complete the setting process? Thanks!

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Megan, the recipe would make slightly over 2 cups of liquid.

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      Megan 

      5 years ago

      I have 5 or 6 half pint jars. How many containers will this recipe fill?

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you so much. Happy holidays!

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      I'm so glad you liked it! Please feel free to link away.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A cute and helpful hub packed with easy-to-find ingredients and clear directions. Your photos of homemade gel air fresheners looked very vibrant and pretty! Way to go!

      P.S. I ask your permission to let me link this hub of yours to my upcoming gel craft hub. Thank you.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up and pinned

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Nope, you don't have to heat it. Its just like one of the gel air fresheners you buy in the store that dries up over time. It lasts close to a month. By that time, all of the product has started to dry up

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      harmony155 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This may be a dumb question: Are you supposed to heat the air fresher? And how long does it last?

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      This will be an interesting project to experiment with!

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Woww. It looks gorgeous...

      Thanks for dharing this idea:)

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      Modonika 

      5 years ago

      So simple steps..neat and clean hub. It's a fun to do such things.. And to gift these a wonderful idea. Lovely ! Wish you Good luck for more wonderful things. :)

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Thanks guys. I can not express enough how easy these were to make.

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      Liam Hallam 

      5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Nice simple hub- I might try some of these for some christmas presents (or pre-christmas gifts with some xmas spice smells)

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      KerryAnita 

      5 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      Such a fun, easy idea! I'll definitely have to try this!

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Thanks! Glad you liked it. Would be perfect to do with the kids. Mine were not happy that I did it without them. I promised them I would next time.

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      breathe2travel 

      5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      What a great idea! Voted up & useful.

      I liked your comment, "Easy as pie…well, in all honesty, easier than pie!"

      I will be doing these with my kids! Thanks!

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