Two Recipes for Odor Eliminating, Air Freshening Sprays

Here's two great recipes for DIY Air Freshening Sprays – eliminate odors from your home, without adding unnecessary toxins in your life.

I love the concept of Febreze and other products that are intended to remove odors and freshen things up. Goodness knows that our home has lots of places that can use just such a spray– the kitchen garbage can, the diaper pail, the downstairs bathroom, the minivan.

When I began to switch over my household cleaning supplies to gentler versions that cleaned minus the toxic chemicals, I thought that my air-freshener days were over. Though it smells great, when you start researching the ingredients in products like Febreze (Benzisothiazolinone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cyclodextrin, and synthetic fragrance, for example), you quickly discover that it’s not the sort of thing that you want floating through your home.

Sometime last year, I discovered these two simple recipes for making my own freshening sprays. They’re incredibly inexpensive, they smell pretty, they work on odors and they take so little time to make.

Two Natural and Simple Air Freshening Recipes

Here's two great recipes for DIY Air Freshening Sprays – eliminate odors from your home, without adding unnecessary toxins in your life.

Recipe #1

You can double this depending on the size of your bottle.

12-15 drops of pure essential oil (I like grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lavender, but go with any scent that you enjoy)

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 1/2 cups water

You can also make an even stronger version of this spray by using a higher ratio of vinegar to water and upping the essential oils (more like 20 drops) to use in a small diffuser bottle. This works better for just a quick spray into the air to freshen up a bathroom before guests, as opposed to the less concentrated spray that you would spray directly onto/into items.

Here's two great recipes for DIY Air Freshening Sprays – eliminate odors from your home, without adding unnecessary toxins in your life.

Recipe #2

4 Tbsp natural/eco-friendly fabric softener (I’m currently using Ecover’s Sunny Day fabric softener, but there are many brands available in your favorite natural grocery store)

Fill rest of a regular size spray bottle with water.

This one is my personal favorite, because it is just so fast and easy to make, and I happen to love the scent I’m currently using.

Here's two great recipes for DIY Air Freshening Sprays – eliminate odors from your home, without adding unnecessary toxins in your life.

What do you use to take away odors and keep things smelling fresh?

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About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Hi i’m trying to sort out the schools Bathrooms & i’m looking for a solution i can make up ( environmentally friendly & non-toxic ) and put in the automatic spry units at the Primary school toilets as their all gone green & got water-less urinals now that smell a little offensive.
    I’m repainting the toilets at the moment and have noticed the spray units are present & functional but all empty and i need some input as i believe maintenance is lacking & was after some nice odors for a water solution i could fill these bottles with & then get the children involved in making their own.

    Kind regards (father of two boys)


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