Friday, March 3, 2017

Make you own air fresheners

I've never been fond of commercial air fresheners. I like the scent, I've just always worried about what kind of chemicals they put into them to make them smell like that. Is it really a good idea to breathe that stuff in? I started using essential oils to scent my house several years back. I put them in reed diffusers and mixed them into soy candles as I made them. 

The easiest way I found to use essential oils as an air freshener was by mixing them with Orbeez (water balls) and simply setting a dish of them out in the room. I was using this method for several years when I found that you can make gel air fresheners with gelatin and EO's. Game changer! It's super easy too...


Make you own air fresheners

DIY air fresheners:
You only need a few items...
Bring 3/4 cup water to a boil and whisk in the gelatin till dissolved. Remove from heat. Add remaining 1/2 cup water and vodka and whisk together. Put your choices for food coloring and 8-10 drops of essential oils into each jar. You'll only need one drop of food coloring per jar unless you want them really dark. Fill with gelatin mixture. Place lid loosely on top or cover with plastic wrap to prevent essential oils from evaporating too quickly while warm. Allow to cool. Remove lid and display wherever you want to smell nice!

You can also use Orbeez or water beads to make an essential oils air freshener. Simply hydrate the little water balls then add a few drops of essential oils to them and display in a pretty dish. I've noticed that the scent seems to last longer if you hydrate the beads with water that has the essential oils added to it already. 

I've also found that you can also color the water balls by adding food coloring to the water before you hydrate the Orbeez. I added purple food coloring and lavender EO to the clear water beads in the picture. Just another way to use Orbeez if you happen to have them around. 

I love the fact that I can easily make different air fresheners to fit my mood or the season. I can also make them to experience the aromatherapy effect of essential oils like lavender for sleep (that's my favorite) or peppermint to put on my desk when I'm exhausted. Speaking of exhausted, I need to go make more coffee. Have a great weekend! 

~L
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12 comments:

  1. Oh what a fun idea!! I love scents in the house and always buy them, would love to try my own! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!!!

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  2. I'm starting to learn about essential oils. Thank you for sharing this idea with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party. I've pinned and shared.

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  3. Lisa, this is fabulous! Thanks for sharing this at Brag About It! I can't wait to give it a try. Pinned to share. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Awww, thanks! I love these because I can whichever essential oil I'm currently in love with! Let me know how they work out for you.

      ~L

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  4. I love these DIY air fresheners. I am going to try the water beads using with essentials oils. Is there another ingredient that you could use for the gel fragrance besides vodka? I usually don't like to use any alcohol products plus I really don't have any way of getting vodka. Please let me know.

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    1. Marla, the vodka is added to keep mold from forming on the gel. Salt should work the same way. Instead of vodka just stir in 1 teaspoon of salt till dissolved. Let me know how they turn out!

      ~L

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  5. So easy! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

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  6. What a great idea. I started to question what was in the store bought air fresheners when one spilled on my table and eat the finish off it. Can't be a good thing to that breath in.

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    1. That is scary! If you think about it that stuff is airborne and we're inhaling it. Yuck! You're right, that can't be good at all!

      ~L

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  7. What a fun thing. I love the colors that you made. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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  8. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go weekly link party, you will be featured in the new party that starts tomorrow morning! Hope to see you there! www.grandmashousediy.com

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