DIY Air Freshener Ideas
Your apartment could be as clean and organized as possible, but if the space doesn’t smell great, your guests will only be focused on the unpleasant scent. I always stock up on candles, but those seem to disappear after only a few weeks.
Instead of buying a variety of candles and diffusers, consider making your own air freshener, which will smell just as good, but hardly cost you anything! Plus, you can customize DIY scents to your exact preferences. Fill your home with heavenly scents with any of these DIY air freshener ideas:
Reed diffusers can cost up to $40, but there’s no need to shell out that kind of cash. With only four items, you can make your own reed diffuser right at home.
First, fill a vase of your choosing with approximately 20 to 25 drops of essential oil. The essential oil you decide on is completely up to you, but I like to use scents like peppermint, cinnamon or spruce during the holiday season. Next, pour in 1/4 cup baby oil to fill up the remainder of the vase. Place four to five bamboo skewers or rattan diffuser sticks into the solution.
You can flip the sticks every few days to freshen the scent. Place a different diffuser in each room of your apartment so they all smell wonderful.
A few hours before your guests arrive, put together this simple concoction in your kitchen. After smelling how divine this simmer pot is, you may never go back to candles. Fill a stock pot with 2/3 cup water, one sliced lemon, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and a few sprigs of rosemary.
You can let the mixture simmer for an entire day, adding more water as needed. Your apartment will be filled with the scent of warm vanilla and fresh citrus (you may never want to leave).
Spray Air Freshener
If you prefer to use a spray air freshener, this option is easy to make as well. This particular spray is best for the bathroom, as it can rid a space of odors quickly.
Fill a spray bottle with 6 ounces of filtered water, 1 ounce rubbing alcohol and 20 to 40 drops of essential oil. Jasmine and lavender are great relaxing scents for the bathroom. Remind yourself to create a new mixture once a month to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.
This is another air freshener option that typically works best in smaller spaces like a bathroom or a closet. Fill a wide-mouthed mason jar with eight to 12 drops of your favorite essential oil (bigger rooms require more oil) and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Yep, it’s that easy!
To allow the scent to travel throughout the space, cut a piece of cardstock to fit the inside of the mason jar ring and poke tiny holes in the paper using a needle. If you’d like, you can decorate the jar with colorful washi tape or add food coloring to fit the rest of your apartment decor.
Potpourri doesn’t just smell lovely, it adds a touch of color and beauty to your apartment too. If you don’t know how to make potpourri, it’s easy. It requires the use of some dried flowers and essential oil.
Gather your favorite flowers, like lavender and roses, and tie them together at the stems with some twine. Hang them upside down for a few weeks, allowing them to fully dry out. Next, put the heads of the flowers into a jar and add a few drops of essential oil. Close the lid and let the buds absorb the oil for a week or so. Afterward, transfer your potpourri to a decorative bowl or vase. You can even add in a few herbs to boost the aroma.
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