I am very sensitive to scents. I avoid candle shops like the plague. I’ve also read a great deal about the not-so-good-for-you stuff in most store-bought air fresheners so I was intrigued by all of the homemade non-toxic alternatives I discovered online. I will continue to catalogue ideas here as I work my way through the list. If you have another suggestion, please let me know. I’d love to add it to the list and give it a try.
DISCLAIMER: I have NOT tried all of these to verify that they do, in fact, actually work. Please refer to the original source for full instructions on each tip.
How to make air freshenening jars | Make your own air freshening jars with baking soda and essential oil in a jar. Full instructions at tidymom.net
How to make deodorizing discs | Make your own deodorizing discs for trash cans and diaper pails with baking soda and essential oil. Cut them out with cookie cutters or pour them into muffin tins to mold into discs. Full instructions at onegoodthingbyjillee.com
How to make scented plug-ins | Make your own scented plug-ins by emptying the storebought variety of their toxic chemicals and filling them with essential oil. Full instructions at holycrickey.tumbler.com
How to make scented carpet powder | Make your own non-toxic carpet deodorizer from baking soda and orange essential oil. Full instructions at mrshappyhomemaker.com
How to make simmering waters | Make your own simmering waters with herbs, spices, and fruit. Full instructions at theyummylife.com
How to make citrus air freshening spray | Make a nontoxic citrus air freshening spray with lemon juice, essential oil, baking soda, and water. Full instructions at theserendipitycafe.blogspot.com
How to make bathroom air freshener | Freshen the air in your bathroom by putting a few drops of essential roll on the cardboard toilet tissue tube when you replace the roll. | amumntheoven.blogspot.com
How to use a humidifier as an air freshener | Add a few drops of lemon juice to the water. Full instructions at apartmenttherapy.com
How to deodorize closets | Make your own closet deodorizers with baking soda and essential oils in brown paper bags and hang them up. Full instructions at crunchybetty.com
How to make your own reed diffuser | Make a simple reed diffuser with bamboo skewers, essential oil, and safflower or sweet almond oil. Full instructions at apartmenttherapy.com
Make your own car air freshener | Add a few drops of essential oil to a piece of wool felt and hang from your rear-view mirror. Full instructions here.