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Homemade Essential Oil Air Fresheners

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When my sons were diagnosed with allergies and asthma, I had to throw out all my pretty smelling air fresheners. I learned to make my own using allergy-friendly ingredients you can find in moderately-stocked grocery stores or department stores.

Allergy safe, great smelling, and toxin-free, these air fresheners are simple and inexpensive, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce, weight Unsweetened, Unflavored Gelatin (equivalent To 4 Envelopes Of Knox Powdered Gelatin)
  • 2 cups Cold Water, Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt (or A Splash Of Vodka- To Deter Mold Growth)
  • 20 drops To 30 Drops Essential Oil
  • ___
  • OPTIONAL:
  • Food Coloring To Tint The Air Fresheners
  • ___
  • ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:
  • Disposable Chopsticks Or Skewers To Stir The Hot Gelatin Mixture In The Jars
  • Decorative Heat-proof Jars To Hold The Gelatin Mixture

Preparation

Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the boiling water and whisk until smooth and all the gelatin is dissolved. Add the salt and the second cup of cold water and whisk. Set aside.

Add the desired amount of essential oil and food coloring, if using, to the jar(s). Quickly pour the hot liquid gelatin over the essential oil and food coloring. Stir until evenly colored.

Allow to cool, uncovered on a heat-proof surface. When it reaches room temperature, place wherever you want a lovely scent.

Sweet Basil and Lemon Air Freshener

* 20 drops Sweet Basil essential oil
* 8 drops Lemon essential oil

Rosemary Orange Air Freshener

* 25 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
* 5 drops Rosemary essential oil (the rosemary essential oil is mighty strong stuff—keep a light hand with this!)

Fresh Pine Scent Air Freshener

* 25 drops Fir Pine essential oil
* 3 drops Lemon essential oil
* 2 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
* 1 drop Bergamot essential oil

Pure Lavender Air Freshener

* 30 drops of Lavender essential oil

Essence of Provençe Air Freshener

* 20 drops Lavender essential oil
* 5 drops Thyme essential oil
* 2 drops Lemon essential oil

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Cameron Hooper on 3.16.2016

This is a great idea! Although I would suggest that you use natural food colorings because standard food coloring has some nasty chemicals.

Anyways, I featured this recipe in my most recent blog post here: http://naturalife.org/diy-natural-products/natural-homemade-air-fresheners

Thanks for the great DIY tutorial.

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dawn allen on 9.25.2013

I followed the instructions and mine just dont smell strong at all in fact only smell when I out my nose in the jar what am I doing wrong?

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Sarah Mueller on 3.9.2013

What a neat idea! I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

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Lori R Sacks on 3.22.2012

You also need to let it cool to about 100 degrees because almost ALL essential oils have a flash point which means the scent will evaporate and be almost non-existent if they are heated above a certain temperature, that’s why you put them in after trace when making handmade natural soaps.

I am anxious to try this to be used for car fresheners and closets also since it seems almost identical to the high priced retail versions .

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lisamc on 7.24.2011

Do they melt away? Or just slowly lose scent..great idea!

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designerMom on 10.31.2014

did mine but i found they mold after sometime ( just found out about the vodka, i thought that was the job of the salt) also the smell gets stuck inside. i have to keep scratching the surface for the fragrance to escape… any tips to make them better next time

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the country cook on 6.6.2010

This was so fast and so easy to do, and they work! My friend and I made them using leftover candle jars as the holders. I think next time I’ll use votive size candle holders so that I can make them smaller – they’d make perfect gifts. We also talked about making cup-holder sized ones to fit in the car.

My only advice for anyone else – you won’t notice the scent as much if you have a fan going. When I was running an oscillating fan in my room, I couldn’t smell it. But, without the fan on, it was just perfect.

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