Friday, May 4, 2012

DIY Natural Air Freshener

With two kids in diapers, a dog, a cat and a sweaty athletic family there are often interesting odors wafting through our home.  We do our best to avoid artificial fragrances so I'm always looking for natural ways to freshen our home.  I was thrilled to find many solutions on pinterest.

1. DIY Room Air Freshener (pretty covered with lace and rubber band hidden by ribbon)- The Burlap Bag
2. Air Freshening Spray (add vinegar and it doubles as a window cleaner) - Smashed Peas and Carrots
3. Williams Sonoma Spring Scent - One More Moore
4. Essential Oil Air Freshener - Foodie With Family
5. Two Essential Oil Room Sprays - A Delightful Home
6. DIY Wallflowers Scented Plugin (replace the bad stuff with some good stuff) - Holy Crickey

I haven't tried them all yet, but my favorite so far is the Williams Sonoma Spring Scent.  I've only been to Williams Sonoma once many, many years ago so I can't say whether or not my house smelled like the store, but I will say that it made our home smell cozy like a cup of tea with a dear old friend.  Add a teaspoon of cinnamon for an extra bit of warmth and comfort on a rainy day.

After simmering all afternoon a lot of the liquid had evaporated, but it still smelled great and I didn't want to waste it.  After letting it cool I poured it into a Ziploc container and stuck it in the freezer.  I've used it three times and it still smells great.  Simply add water each time.  I can't wait to try some of the other air fresheners.

Update: If you've chopped your lemon and rosemary into small pieces you can also pour it into an ice cube tray and then store the frozen cubes in a freezer bag.


  1. Wait, you have a DOG?! How have I missed this?

    The spring scent sounds great.

    I started using vinegar and lemon juice as an all-purpose cleaner a couple months ago. It kicks butt and doesn't smell fake and chemical.

  2. Yup. We have a dog - for now, lol. Seriously though, we use either vinegar or baking soda or both (drains) to clean just about everything in our house. Add a little lemon, orange or essential oil and you've got a fresh smelling, chemical free cleaner. Love it!

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