Who doesn’t love coming home to a nice-smelling space? A good home fragrance acts like an accessory and adds character, making your space feel extra homey. However, constantly buying candles and air fresheners can start getting expensive, and lots of them are actually polluting your home with chemicals. So how do you get a great-smelling home without resorting to unnatural and toxic scents?
These 2 DIYS are super simple to make, much cheaper than buying fragrances and will actually improve the air quality in your home. From candles to diffusers, the best part about making your own air fresheners is that you can control the exact scent you want.
1. Lemon & Rosemary air freshener
- 3 cups of water
- 1 lemon in slices
- 2 springs fresh rosemary
- 1/8 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (preferably fresh but any lemon juice with no sugar will work)
- 1tb vanilla extract
Add water, lemon slices and rosemary springs in a pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and let it shimmer for 10-15 minutes. Take it off heat and let it cool a bit. Dissolve your baking soda completely in the hot fragranced water. Then add your lemon juice and 1tb of vanilla extract. Be careful with this step, as adding the lemon juice can make it erupt like a grade school science project . Put your mixture into a spray bottle and get spraying!
2. Citrus air freshener
- 4 cups vodka
- peels from 2-4 oranges, grapefruit, and/or lemons
- 30-35 drops (per 16 oz. bottle of air freshener) essential oil of your choice. Any citrus essential oil will work or you could try lavender.
- distilled water
- storage jar
- spray bottle
- Place the citrus peels in a storage jar. Pour the vodka over the peels. Place the vodka in a cool, dark place and infuse for 7-14 days (or longer for a stronger scent).