Air fresheners are a must for most homes today. Whether you have pets, children or simply love to cook, there are always going to be odors in the home. Most people choose to cover up those odors or eliminate them with expensive sprays and plug-ins.
For YOU DIY’ers however, there are some great ways to make your home smell wonderful without spending a fortune on sprays and potions. Whether you prefer plug-ins, Febreze sprays or just having a pot of potpourri simmering, you can easily give your home a wonderful scent without breaking the bank and you can choose the precise scent that you want.
We have collected a wonderful list of 15 ways to give your home a better scent and these are all DIY methods. Choose one per room or have a favorite that you use for every day. We bet you are going to love how your home smells and really love the fact that you get that wonderful smell for far less than buying a bunch of air freshening sprays and products.
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Simmer Liquid Fabric Softener
One great way to give your home a wonderfully clean smell is to add a capful of fabric softener to two capfuls of water and then allow it to simmer. You can do this on the stove if you have an old pan that you want to dedicate to it or you can just add fabric softener mixed with water to any potpourri pot and allow it to simmer. This is great for bathrooms and laundry rooms to cover up musty odors.
DIY Plug-In Refill
If you prefer to use plug-ins to keep your home smelling great, you can still save money by refilling those plug-ins yourself. You just have to remove the wick, fill the container with your favorite essential oils and water and then replace the wick. This is a great way to save money and have a wonderful smelling home at the same time.
Source – Diyncrafts
DIY Mason Jar Baking Soda Air Freshener
A small Mason or Ball jar, some baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oils will be all you need to create these little mini room fresheners. These are really fast and easy to make and since you create the smell yourself, you can determine how every room in your home smells. Mix a few essential oils together to create a unique scent or just go with your favorite.
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Natural Room Deodorizers
Any jar combined with a few key elements will give you a beautiful and wonderfully smelling room freshener. Adding things like lemon slices or whole spices to a jar filled with water and other natural items will not only give you a beautiful decoration for any room, it will fill that room with a wonderfully natural scent that you just can’t get from a spray can
Source – theyummylife
Simmering Room Freshener
Adding just a few sprigs of rosemary, a teaspoon of vanilla and a couple of lemon slices to a pot allows you to simmer a wonderfully smelling concoction that will have your entire home smelling great. You can also do this in a potpourri pot if you prefer, just remember to check the pot to ensure that there is enough liquid to keep it from scorching.
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Homemade Febreze Recipe
You can make your own homemade Febreze with just 1/8 cup of fabric softener, a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and some water. Just add the ingredients to a spray bottle and mix thoroughly. Then, you just have to spray your furniture, curtains or any other fabric in the room and you get a fresh, clean scent without spending so much on regular Febreze.
Source – Diyncrafts
Homemade Air Freshener Gel
Gel air fresheners last forever and they smell awesome but they can be just a little expensive. Instead of buying them, make them yourself. Baby food jars work wonderfully for these DIY fresheners and the recipe is so easy to do that you may just want a different scent for every room. You will need essential oils, water, unflavored gelatin and a little salt to create them and they will fill your home with wonderful scents for months.
Source – Instructables
DIY Reed Diffuser
Reed diffusers smell great and they look beautiful as well. You can make these yourself and save a fortune with just a vase, baby oil, essential oils of your choosing, bamboo skewers and some ribbon for decoration. The baby oil helps to hold in the scent of the essential oils and the skewers can be decorated any way you want, giving you not only a wonderfully smelling room but a beautiful decoration, too.
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Calming Room Sprays
Essential oils and water can be combined to create wonderfully smelling sprays that you can use in any room. If you are looking for a calming scent, try combining chamomile with lavender and rosemary. You just mix the appropriate amount of water and oils together in a small spray bottle and then shake before you spray.
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To beat stale odors in any room, simply fill a bowl with clean sand and then top it off with peelings from various citrus fruits. You can also add cinnamon sticks, fresh herbs and spices or even aromatic flowers to the bowl. You will get a nice, clean and natural aroma and a beautiful decoration for the room.
Vinegar is a natural odor eater so if you have stale odors in your home, you can simply add a small bowl of vinegar to the room. Just place the bowl anywhere in the room and in just a couple of hours, you will begin to notice a much cleaner and fresher smell. The vinegar will completely eliminate odors including those from pets and smokers.
Source – Lifehacker
Baking Soda for Carpets
Carpets can cause a room to smell stale, particularly if you have pets. Before you vacuum, simply sprinkle a bit of baking soda on your carpets and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Then simply vacuum those stale odors away. Incidentally, baking soda is also great for litter boxes and trashcans to help eliminate odors.
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Eucalyptus is a natural deodorizer as well as an anti-bacterial agent that helps to eliminate bad odors and gives your home a wonderfully clean scent. You can use essential oils or simply place a few eucalyptus branches in closets to help eliminate musty smells. Just check the branches and replace them every couple of weeks for the best results.
Bringing natural scents into your home is as simple as going outside and gathering a few items. You can easily make your own wonderfully smelling potpourri with things that you find outside such as pinecones, acorns and even leaves. Then just add things like cinnamon or orange peelings that are dried out to give it a clean scent and put a little out in every room.
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Cheesecloth, burlap or another fabric that breathes is perfect for making sachets that can help you to eliminate odors in dresser drawers, closets or entire rooms. Just fill the cloth with fresh, whole spices, herbs or homemade potpourri and hang them wherever you need a little room freshening. These are great to hide under pillows to make bedrooms smell wonderful or you could use them in any room you want.
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Keep Your Home Smelling Great with This DIY Febreze Recipe
Febreze is great for keeping your home smelling nice but it is certainly not cheap. Aside from the cost, some air fresheners contain chemicals that you certainly do not want your family being around and certain brands can be harmful to pets. This DIY Febreze is from Life. Family. Love and is a great (and cheaper) alternative to Febreze.
Plus, you can choose your scents so your home will smell exactly like you want. You just use things that you probably already have at home like liquid fabric softener and baking soda and put it all in a spray bottle. The best part is it costs only 15 cents per bottle!
Recipe and instructions: starneslifefamilylove
DIY Deodorizing Disks
Keeping your home smelling great is important for so many reasons. Whether you have pets and need to cover up pet odor, you cook with onions (or another smelly food) frequently or you just want a great smelling home, you don’t actually have to buy expensive air fresheners or always burn candles.
You can make these great deodorizing disks in just a few minutes and they can be whatever scent you want. The recipe calls for 2 cups of baking soda, about 1 to 2 cups of distilled water and whatever essential oil you want. You also need a muffin pan or a silicone mold to mold the disks into whatever shape you want.
That’s it and then you will have these great smelling disks that will keep your home smelling yummy. Thanks to One Good Thing by Jillee for the recipe and the idea.
Recipe and instructions: onegoodthingbyjillee