Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Homemade Air Freshener

This is such a fabulous idea which will really save you money while also making your house smell GREAT!

This idea is from Smashed Peas and Carrots:

Easy Baking Soda Air Freshener-TUTORIAL

So you all know how I love me some natural home products, right?  Like my natural deodorant recipe and my natural air freshener recipe from way back when in the archives :-)  Well, today I wanted to share another one of my favorite ways to add a simple natural scent to your home with a basic room air freshener using baking soda.  Sooo simple, sooo easy...and way better for you than those icky glade sprays and chemically-laden plug-ins!  

This literally will take you minutes to do and cost you pennies if you already have some essential oils in your cupboards.  You can customize it with any scent you like and prettify it with any color scrapbook paper.  Have I piqued your interest yet?  Well then, let's get started!

Easy Baking Soda Air Freshener

1/2 cup baking soda (per jar)
Essential oil of your preference (8-12 drops)
Mason jar (I love the 8 oz wide mouth Elite Collection for these!)
Scrapbook paper
Tapestry needle 
Scissors and pen

This is seriously so easy, no lie!  I have a few books of Amy Butler Scrapbook paper that I love to use for  random odds and ends type projects like this.  I've had them forever and no matter how much I have used them the pages never seem to get depleted, yay me!

All you do is grab some scrapbook paper and trace the lid part (not the ring part...basically not the one in the picture above!) onto it with a pen or marker.  Then just cut out your circle....are you still with me?  I told you this was easy!

Then grab your tapestry needle, it's one of those long needles similar to an embroidery needle (which would probably work just as well!).  It has a large eye as you can see in the picture above.  I like using these needles because they are much thicker than your average sewing needle, they pierce through the scrapbook paper with ease, are much easier to hold, and make a nice sized hole.

Then go to town punching the needle all over the scrapbook paper.  You are basically making a way for the pretty essential oil smells to waft throughout your home.

Then pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into the mason jar and add in 8-12 drops of essential oil of your choice.  Start off by adding less oil and if you find it's not strong enough to scent your room add in a bit more.  A bigger room will need more oil and a smaller room like a bathroom will use less.

Place the scrapbook paper inside the mason jar ring and tighten it onto the jar.  Gently shake up the baking soda/essential oil mixture and there you go...presto!  Easy Baking Soda Air Freshener!

You could make one for each room in your house in lots of pretty scents.  I personally like Lavender in the bedrooms and cinnamon in the bathrooms but anything goes with this fun project!

1 comment:

  1. I am so trying this. I love easy and nice smells.