Since commercial air fresheners are far from safe and healthy, why not make your own natural air freshener at home? You can easily make a spray but also a solid air freshener. Today, we’re going to talk about the latter. Once you learn how to make solid air fresheners at home, you will never use a commercial one again.
The process of making DIY air freshener is easy and you’ll only be needing four ingredients. The best thing, however, is that you can create whatever scent you like using essential oils.
How To Make Solid Air Freshener
Let’s see what you need to make solid air fresheners at home:
- 2 4-ounce mason jars
- Frog lids for the jars
- Mixing bowl
- ¼ ounce gelatin (2 small packets)
- Food coloring (optional – you can make a clear solid air freshener if you want)
- Your favorite(s) essential oil(s)
- ½ cup hot water
- ½ ice cold water
- Combine the hot water with the gelatin powder in a mixing bowl.
- Stir for a couple of minutes or until the gelatin powder is dissolved.
- Once the gelatin powder is fully dissolved, add a drop of food coloring and mix. You can add more drops until you reach the desired color shade. If you want to make a clear air freshener, skip this step.
- Pour the ice-cold water over the mixture and stir until completely combined.
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend until you reach the desired scent level.
- Transfer the liquid from the mixing bowl to the mason jars.
- Secure the mason jars tightly with the frog lids.
- Place the mason jars in a cool and dry place for a couple of hours or until the mixture is set.
- Place the mason jars whenever you like them. You can make different scents for different rooms, based on your preferences.
What Essential Oils To Use For Your DIY Solid Air Freshener?
Truth be told you can use any essential oil you like. You can make single scent solid air fresheners or use a blend of essential oils. Lavender makes a great scent for solid air fresheners you keep in the bedroom, as the scent promotes relaxation and has calming properties. Citrus scents are more refreshing and they can invigorate and energize you so they work best in your office.
And here are a few blend suggestions if you want to experiment a little bit:
Wood Scented Solid DIY Air Fresheners
For the perfect woodsy scent, we recommend combining juniper with cedarwood, and cypress essential oil.
Juniper Essential Oil
Woodsy but fresh, juniper essential oil can purify and cleanse the air while having a calming and grounding effect on those who inhale the scent.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood is perfect for deodorizing indoor environments, as its scent improves concentration, reduces stress, clears the mind, eases tension, and relaxes the body. Moreover, cedarwood is a great insect repellent so it’s great to use in a DIY air freshener.
Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress essential oil has a mild sedative effect and promotes relaxation. Furthermore, this essential oil can provide anxiety, stress, and depression relief while boosting the mood at the same time. Cypress essential oil also has antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties.
Earthy Scented Solid DIY Air Freshener
Those who prefer earthy essential oil scents can mix together clary sage with patchouli and a little bit of grapefruit essential oil.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage is another essential oil that alleviates stress. It also induces a sense of well-being and it can help reduce blood pressure. The scent of this essential oil is earthy but also slightly floral.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli essential oil has a musky, earthy scent that’s reminiscent of wet soil. As for its medicinal properties, this essential oil is known for its stress- and anxiety-relieving properties.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil is a citrus scent, not an earthy scent, however, on their own, earthy scents can be too strong. That’s why they are usually mixed with sweet or citrus scents. We love mixing earthy essential oils with grapefruit essential oil in solid air fresheners because the grapefruit scent adds some much-needed freshness.
As for its properties, grapefruit essential oil can decrease stress levels and reduce blood pressure.
Floral Scented Solid DIY Air Freshener
Many people prefer floral-scented air fresheners because using them feels like bringing nature inside their homes, especially if the air freshener is made by them so the scent is all-natural, not synthetic. For a floral natural air freshener, we recommend mixing jasmine, ylang-ylang, and geranium essential oils.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine scent is very popular in homemade and commercial air fresheners for its lovely scent that is adored by many people. The popular essential oil is also considered an aphrodisiac.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang-ylang does not only have a nice scent but also impressive medicinal properties. This essential oil can alleviate anxiety by reducing blood pressure and decreasing heart rate, can improve the mood, and even increase libido. In addition, ylang-ylang essential oil is a great natural insect repellent.
Geranium Essential Oil
Medicinally, geranium essential oil is used as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. However, the scent (similar to rose essential oil) of this essential oil makes it perfect for a DIY solid air freshener as well.
Spicy Scented Solid DIY Air Freshener
Spicy air fresheners are not necessarily great during summer months since the scent can be too strong. However, they are great for cold months, particularly during the winter holiday season. For a spicy scented solid air freshener, we love mixing cinnamon, clove, and orange essential oils.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Everybody knows the scent of cinnamon but not everybody knows that cinnamon essential oil is actually great for stress and pain relief.
Clove Essential Oil
If you mix cinnamon and clove essential oil, you get the perfect winter scent for an air freshener. However, we also recommend adding some orange essential oil to the mix to make the air freshener a bit more fresh and citrusy since not all people like powerful spicy scents.
Orange Essential Oil
Besides adding a pleasant citrus scent to the spicy air freshener, orange essential oil is also great for promoting relaxation and uplifting the mood.
Citrus Scented Solid DIY Air Freshener
As the name implies, for a citrus-scented air freshener, you need to use citrus essential oils. While there are other options, we like to stick with the classics – grapefruit, orange, and lemon.
We already talked about the properties of grapefruit and orange essential oil so we’re not going to do it again. And, since everybody knows the scent of lemon, we’re just going to mention the benefits of using lemon essential oil in the homemade air freshener.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil can relieve pain, anxiety, and depression symptoms. Moreover, the fresh citrus scent can energize and elevate your mood.
Menthol Scented Solid DIY Air Freshener
Menthol scents are not very popular in air fresheners. However, menthol essential oils can offer sinus soothing and they are great to use in air fresheners when someone is fighting the cold or the flu.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is an invigorating scent that will boost your energy levels, reduce tension, and provide sinus relief if you have nasal congestion.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is an equally effective essential oil against nasal congestion. It can also provide asthma relief and it’s also a great tick repellant.
Calming Solid DIY Air Freshener
As you probably noticed, we included a calming essential oil in almost all the blends we talked about so far. But, if you want to create the most efficient calming blend and use it in your air freshener, mix frankincense, lavender, clary sage, bergamot, and rose essential oils.
We already discussed clary sage so we’re going to talk about the scent and properties of the other essential oils recommended for a calming mix.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oils has a sweet but woody aroma. As for the oil’s properties, frankincense is renowned for improving concentration and providing stress and anxiety relief.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy, not only for the pleasant lavender scent but also for the amazing properties of the plant. Lavender essential oil offers anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression relief.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot is a popular note in perfumes thanks to its amazing scent. The essential oil has citrus and floral notes that provide stress relief but also improve the mood.
Rose Essential Oil
Roses are oftentimes associated with love and comfort. The same thing can be said about rose essential oil. The scent provides comfort and uplifts the spirit.