HOW TO: Make A Natural Air Freshener With Essential Oils

Make a Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oil | HelloNatural.coMy kids are obsessed with those plug-in room deodorizers and candles. But I can’t stand the smell of most of them – they’re too strong and fake. But what I do love is the smell of essential oils. It’s easy as can be to make your own essential oil room sprays with three simple ingredients – water, alcohol, and essential oils.

You can spritz it anywhere that needs a bit of freshening – bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, closets, anywhere! You can make the scent as strong or light as you want by altering the amount of essential oil. I’m partial to orange and jasmine because it reminds me of Hawaii (not a bad thing!). Peppermint, lavender, lemon, bergamot, cinnamon, rose and rosemary are very nice too, but you can use just about any essential oil you combination you like. I like to spritz different blends according to my mood, time of year or day.

It’s fun to come up with your own special blends. Here are a few ideas:

Relaxing bedroom blend

Combine lavender with vanilla to shift your brain into sleeping mode.

Energizing kitchen blend

Combine sweet orange with grapefruit or lemon for a scent that keeps you alert and energized.

Focusing office blend

Try a combination of peppermint and rosemary when you need to stay focused and on task.

Deodorizing bathroom blend

Use the natural antibacterial power of cinnamon, clove and tea tree to freshen up the bathroom.

Essential oil room spray ingredients | HelloNatural.coThe vodka is essential for the spray. Oil and water don’t mix, but adding a little alcohol fixes that. It disperses the oil and also helps the scent linger longer in the air. You still should shake the bottle of room spray a bit before you spritz so that the essential oil is evenly distributed in the liquid. I reuse or purchase little glass spritzer or spray bottles for the room spray. I get mine at the health food store or online.

Essential oil room spray |

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Essential Oil Room Spray
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 6 tablespoons filtered water
  • 10-40 drops of essential oils (peppermint, jasmine, citrus, lavender, etc)
  1. Place the alcohol into a small spray bottle. Add the desired drops of essential oils. Shake well and add the water. Shake again and spritz whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

Do you use air fresheners? What’s your favorite scent?


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  1. mary says

    am new on the plate form,pls how can i make a ten litters of air freshner using vanila/lemon? I have tried many ways to increase the effect of the fregrance but to no avail,pls can you help me?

  2. Angelia says

    If you have ceiling fans, you can use a blend with any carrier like grape-seed oil and rub some on top of the fan blades! It really smells wonderful .

  3. says

    Could you use real vanilla extract instead of alcohol since alcohol is apparently used to make that? I don’t have drinking alcohol in my house either.

  4. Lilgranny says

    I used 1 Tbsp 70% isopropyl alcohol
    20 drops Clementine
    4 drops of Four Thieves blend.
    About 2 cups of water.
    Smells heavenly and an immune system boost.
    Adjust to your own liking.

  5. Rebecca says

    I know this is an odd question but is there any alternatives to vodka – I will not allow the stuff in my house. I’ve heard about using witch hazel but I’m not too keen on that either. Any ideas?

  6. Emily says

    I was eager to try this out, so I used an old glass bottle that once held white wine vinegar. Since it had a screw-top lid, a spray nozzle fit right on it! Great alternative to buying expensive glass bottles from the manufacturers.

  7. Deb Hammers says

    I buy my spray bottles at the Dollar General, skip the vodka, use distilled water and YLEO Purification, which eliminates odors in seconds!

  8. says

    Well, the method to make natural air freshener, using essential oils is truly wonderful. Most of the times, it is seen that people prefer perfumed candles than buying a natural room freshener. Perfumed candles help to uplift the mood of the surrounding.

  9. sara says

    Is there a way to create a long-lasting air freshener using essential oils? Kinda like the plug-in versions or a jelly jar?

    • says

      Hi Sara! Great question! I think the best way to do that is to buy reeds and make a diffuser with it. Something like 1/2 cup of a carrier oil (avocado, olive oil, almond, etc) plus anywhere from 25-50 drops of essential oil should do the trick.

  10. Tina says

    I always seem to need energy when I’m in the office. Can’t wait to try the Focusing Office Blend!

    • Lynn says

      I have the same question. Could household rubbing alcohol be used? Why vodka? I don’t use alcohol and buying a bottle of vodka for one tablespoon wouldn’t be cost effective for me either.

      • Las says

        I was planning on getting one of those little airplane bottles so I’m not stuck with a bottle of vodka that will go to waste.

        • Coleen Goree says

          You can use a distillate or make your own. In the bottom of a 4 qt pot or larger- invert a small bowl set a bowl on top to catch the distilled water. Use some herbs and water on the bottom to infuse the distilled water with plant material. Invert the lid of the pot and turn the pot on low. Hopefully your pot lid will be angled slightly and you can put some ice cubes in it. The water that drips into the bowl will be distilled and will not go bad as fast but keep it in the fridge anyway. I use some lemon balm and lavender and spray it on myself after working in the garden. What a refreshment.

          wish I had a picture…

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