Making your own natural room spray is a great inexpensive way to make your home healthier. In just a couple of minutes, you can make your home smell nice without spraying it with commercial air fresheners that are potentially detrimental to your health and the health of your family.
Not only that, but you can make as many scents as you want and alternate them per your preferences. You can make seasonal scents, fresh scents, citrus scents or floral scents. When using essential oils for natural room sprays, your imagination is the only limit.
Let’s start with the recipe and then move to the benefits of this room spray and why it’s so much better than any air freshener you can purchase from your local store.
Homemade Room Spray Recipe
For this DIY room spray recipe you need only three ingredients:
- Essential oils of choice;
- Witch hazel;
- Distilled water.
To make the room spray, you’ll need a 4-ounce spray bottle. You can use a larger bottle, in which case, you should double or triple the ingredients depending on the size of the bottle.
- Add about 50 drops of essential oils to the spray bottle.
- Then fill the bottle halfway with witch hazel.
- Top with distilled water.
- Shake the bottle well and use the mixture as a room spray or to refresh fabric.
For this natural room spray, you can use your favorite essential oil or create a signature scent by mixing different essential oils. You can also look at the different benefits of essential oils and choose one that will make this DIY room spray perfect for you.
What Is Witch Hazel?
Native to North America, witch hazel is a medicinal plant that is known for its health benefits, particularly its ability to soothe sensitive skin and reduce inflammation.
Witch hazel can be applied topically, turned into tea, and, of course, used in this homemade room spray. This powerful plant offers a wide range of benefits. Here’s some of them:
Witch hazel is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The plan contains gallic acid and tannins, compounds that can ease and reduce inflammation. Besides these anti-inflammatory compounds, witch hazel also contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.
Reduces Skin Irritation
When applied topically, witch hazel can reduce irritation and inflammation. Moreover, it can suppress erythema and provide relief to those with sensitive skin. Air fresheners, on the other hand, can be a trigger for eczema and other skin problems. Witch hazel is gentle with sensitive skin and can soothe it instead of irritating it like most commercial air fresheners do.
Alleviates Scalp Sensitivity
Psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis can also be triggered or worsened by air fresheners. While witch hazel does the opposite thing by helping relieve scalp sensitivity and providing relief for tenderness and itching when applied topically. When used in a room spray, witch hazel will reduce the likelihood of developing scalp irritation.
Safe Around Those Who Have Asthma
People who suffer from asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or any other inflammatory conditions already struggle with inflammation so they should avoid any commercial air freshener because it can worsen their condition. In contrast, witch hazel reduces swelling, inflammation, and dries excess mucus from a sore throat so it is safe to use around those who have a sore throat, suffer from asthma or have other inflammatory conditions.
Wards Off Infection
Witch hazel has some antiviral properties as well, which means it can inhibit the activity of some viruses and even help the body fight against certain types of viral infections.
What Is Distilled water
Our homemade room spray recipe requires distilled water, not tap water to prevent mold. If you’re not sure what distilled water is, we explained everything in the next couple of paragraphs.
Essentially, distilled water is a type of purified water that was stripped of any impurities through boiling. All contaminants and minerals typically found in tap water do not exist in distilled water, which is why making the homemade room spray with distilled water won’t facilitate the growth of mold.
Because it doesn’t contain minerals, distilled water is oftentimes used:
- in steam irons;
- for watering plants;
- in car cooling systems;
- in certain medical devices, such as devices for sleep apnea;
- in natural room sprays.
Adding Essential Oils To Your Natural Room Spray
Essential oils are extracted from plants, therefore they are a natural and safe way to scent your home. They get rid of unwanted smells and provide sensory benefits without any of the toxic chemicals that are found in commercial air fresheners. Also, it is far less inexpensive to use essential oils to make your own room spray than to buy natural air fresheners.
As we previously mentioned, you can make a single-scent room spray or combine different essential oils to make a unique scent. You can also choose essential oils based on their properties if you want to maximize the benefits of your natural room spray.
Here’s a handy list of essential oils you can use in your room spray by property type:
Antibacterial Essential Oils
Antiviral Essential Oils
Antifungal Essential Oils
Why Air Fresheners Are Bad For You?
You shouldn’t pay with your health for wanting to get rid of nasty smells. Sadly, this is what happens if you use commercial air fresheners. Why? Because the synthetic fragrance of air fresheners is produced by mixing all types of chemicals that, more often than not, are bad for our health. Granted, not all chemicals used to make fragrance are bad but, since manufacturers are not obligated to list the chemicals they use in their fragrances, it is best to stay away from all of them.
Aside from synthetic fragrance, many air fresheners contain phthalates. Even some that are labeled as natural or unscented. Phthalates are worrisome because they can cause hormonal imbalance and can negatively affect the reproductive system.
Considering all the problems air fresheners can cause, it is best to stick to a natural homemade room spray that is completely harmless. However, some people can be allergic to certain essential oil scents so it’s best to test them out first. After allergies are ruled out, you can count on your favorite essential oil to neutralize odors and leave your home smelling lovely.