Baked on the Bright Side


DIY Air Fresheners

November 10, 2015

In the winter months we tend to spend most of our time inside, without a lot of fresh air coming in through the windows. The essential-oil based formulas are all natural, and completely customizable. If you want to keep your home smelling nice and fresh without any artificial chemicals, then keep reading!

Spray

If you are looking to swap spray air freshener for a cleaner version, this is your best option. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can make any scent you want! You will need ¾ cup distilled water, 2 tablespoons witch hazel or vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon essential oils of your choice.  Mix your favorite scents for a truly customized air freshener! Some of our favorites are:

  • White fir + Cyprus + wintergreen
  • Lavender + sage
  • Ylang ylang + cedar + orange
  • Rosemary + lavender + peppermint

Potpourri

Put dried out flowers to use with homemade potpourri. This pretty, fragrant blend of flowers, spices, and essential oils is a great way to freshen up a room continuously, plus it doubles as decoration in a Mason jar or glass bowl! You will need flowers, essential oils of your choice, and any herbs or spices that you’d like to add. Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees F. Cut the stems off the flowers and remove the individual petals, then spread them evenly over a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. This is where you can add herbs or spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks, lavender, etc. to your potpourri mixture. Blend 1 tablespoons of essential oil with 1 tablespoon of water, and then drizzle evenly over the flowers. Bake in the oven for two to three hours, until the flower petals are dry.

Baking Soda

This one is fairly simple. Just combine 1 cup of baking soda with 15 or 16 drops of your favorite essential oils and store in a Mason jar or bowl. This air freshener will need to be replaced every few weeks, but it’s so easy and inexpensive that we don’t mind.

Gel

This is a fun one to do with kids! Add 4 packages of unflavored gelatin into 1 cup of boiling water until it’s dissolved. Remove from heat and add a second cup of water. Add 15 drops of your favorite essential oils, and 1 teaspoon of salt. You can also add food coloring or glitter to the gel. Pour into a clean jar and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes set.

Source: http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/gelairfresh.htm

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