Few people realize how easy it is to make your own air fresheners and how much safer these alternatives are compared to the store-bought versions that are full of chemicals. There are a lot of options when it comes to freshening your home for less money and with all-natural ingredients. However, figuring out where to begin can be a little bit confusing. You can make a great air freshener and linen spray very inexpensively.So I went on a hunt for home made air fresheners that were cheap, effective and Green! Here are a few sites and recipes that I found:
Ehow gives this recipe:
Or, how about this one:
Step1 Heat 1 c. water.
Step2 Add four packages unflavored gelatin.
Step3 Stir until dissolved.
Step4 Remove from heat and add 1 c. distilled water.
Step5 Add 10 to 20 drops of scented oil.
Step6 Add a few drops of food coloring (optional).
Step7 Let the mixture cool, then pour it into clean baby-food jars.
Step8 Let gel set overnight.
Step9 Decorate jars with fabric, ribbon or stickers.
But, MY FAVORITE air freshener is this one from Green Living:
Things You’ll Need: Witch Hazel, 30-40 dried bay leaves, 4 tbsp. dried sage
Step1 Gather the following ingredients: 4 tbsp. dried sage; 30 to 40 crumbled, dried bay leaves; and 1 c. witch hazel (liquid)
Step2 Combine ingredients in a medium-sized glass jar.
Step3 Mix well and cover with a lid.
Step4 Let mixture sit at room temperature for three days.
Step5 Mix again.
Step6 Strain herb leaves from mixture.
Step7 Pour the liquid
The vanilla bean has properties that reduce odors. Try this trick to remove unwanted smells and make your home fresh and sweetly-scented:
Just put 1 to 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract in a small cup anywhere you want air freshening. That’s it!