Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How to Make Air Freshener Spray the Natural Way!

I put new unlit soy candles in my bathroom to work as an air freshener. Once the smell of the essential oils in the candle fades, I burn them (attended) after dinner to remove cooking smells and for overall candle light goodness.

 I’m sure you are aware of those times when a bathroom air freshener needs a little  immediate help to clear the room of…uh…um…odor.

I don’t like most commercial room sprays because they smell as a fake flower factory exploded in my bathroom. Moreover, that’s what they make those room sprays from – a fake synthetic chemical concoction. Boo. Hiss.

Does a room freshener exist without the synthetic ingredients?  It sure does if you make it yourself!

And at a fraction of the cost of a commercial air freshener spray to boot!

DIY Air Freshener Spray

I have success with using a purchased essential oil as well as my homemade essential oil extracts. Both worked well although I need to use a bit more of the homemade extract since it is a little weaker than the pure essential oil.

When I’m buying, I stick to pure essential oils instead of a fragrance oil. The pure essential oils cost a little more but they are made with natural ingredients. The fragrance oils are mostly likely made with synthetic ingredients or a blend of natural and synthetic ingredients.

You will need:

Spray bottle – (I eventually bought one because I ran out of repurposed spray bottles)
Essential oil OR

Make it:

1. Pour water into the spray bottle.

2. Add a few drops of essential oil.

3. Pop on the top and spray away!

     Tip: Try to use an opaque spray bottle if you can because light can oxidize the oil and it can smell not that great. That’s why essential oils come in amber or blue bottles.

    A little word of warning. The lavender essential oil extract version of my air freshener spray marred the finish on the granite countertop my half bathroom. I’m not sure if it is the vodka in the extract or the lavender in the spray that messed with the finish. The same version of the homemade lavender air freshener spray did not mar the composite countertops in my other bathrooms or kitchen. I made a real essential oil version for that bathroom and it works fine.

    What do you do to get rid of icky odors?

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