A Sense of Scents: A DIY Guide to Natural Air Freshener


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In the United States, the commercial air freshener market is a 220 million dollar industry.

Unfortunately, these products often contain toxic chemicals that can wreak havoc on your nervous system.

Natural air fresheners are easy to make with ingredients found around your home. They will erase pet smells and treat asthma symptoms.

This post will help you discover your own unique scent. Keep reading to discover our DIY Guide to Natural Air Fresheners!

How Scents Affect Your Mood

Dr. Jordan Lewis, of Psychology Today, describes your sense of smell as a tool that can trigger memories and different emotions.

The smell of gingerbread cookies and pine needles remind us of Christmas. The nostalgic feeling certain smells trigger can change your mood for the day.

Natural air fresheners can brighten the tone of your home, depending on which scent you choose.

No two noses are exactly alike. You can mix and match flavors to create a scent unique to you and your lifestyle.

For example, mixing a blend of vanilla and lavender will create a serene oasis. Fresh citrus blends, such as orange and lemon, will brighten bad moods and make you feel more energized.

Air Freshener Favorites

Air fresheners like candles and flowers have been used for over 5,000 years. Ancient Egyptian and Romans used them during religious ceremonies and as decoration.

The following scents are household favorites. They smell good and contain healing and purifying properties that will transform your home.


Vanilla is one of the most popular scents on the market. Its scent  wraps people in a feeling of comfort and security. Vanilla has the ability to curb sweet cravings and reduce cholesterol levels when ingested.

It is no secret that this scents’ tantalizing properties will bring calm and relaxation to your home.


Orange, lemon, bergamot, tangerine and grapefruit scents are all included in the citrus family. These fragrances will add a light and energizing feeling to your room or home.

Citrus scents are also great because they are unisex and can make any room feel crisp and fresh. Lemon juice and water is a great way to erase of pet smells in a carpet.


Lavender is an herbal scent that is wildly popular and renowned for its stress-relieving qualities. Its therapeutic character makes lavender one of the most popular essential oils.

Lavender is also a healing agent used to fight colds and migraines.


Eucalyptus is a powerful scent native to Australia. Its’ intoxicating smell is easily recognizable. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Eucalyptus also has antiseptic and cooling properties.

DIY Made Easy

DIY projects don’t have to be expensive or difficult to master. These DIY air fresheners do not contain any toxic chemicals. Natural air fresheners will erase acid and alkaline odors such as smoke and fish.

The following DIY natural air fresheners can be used whenever you like or you can simply add them to your cleaning routine for an added boost of freshness.

Oil Diffuser

Oil diffusers are easy to make and make a difference within 20 minutes! To make one, you will need:

  • A small bottle or vase
  • 5-10 bamboo skewers
  • A light carrier oil of your choice (I like sweet almond)
  • Your choice of essential oils

Add the carrier oil and 15 to 20 drops of your chosen essential oil in the vase. Stir with a skewer before placing them all in the mix.

When the scent becomes less noticeable just flip them upside down. Oil diffusers are completely customize-able and can last you up to 4 months.


Candles made from soy burn without releasing chemicals or leaving behind soot or wax. They are natural and handmade; saving you time and energy. Check out our favorites at this website.

Organic Beeswax candles burn with little or smoke and leave behind a sweet honey fragrance. The beeswax emits negatively charged ions; purifying the air. These candles burn slower and last longer.

Eucalyptus Ring

Eucalyptus is a muted shade of green and can easily fit into most decor styles. Eucalyptus rings are perfect for bathrooms in between cleanings or for everyday use. Its strong leaves will absorb steam from the shower, cleansing your sinuses.

These rings remind us of the ones worn by the ancient Greeks and smell amazing. You can make a full wreath or a small ‘ring’ to hang on your wall.

Eucalyptus leaves dry green. They last a long time compared to other natural air fresheners.

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers are plants that are natural humidifiers. These plants don’t give off any smell. Their leaves soak up harmful chemicals such as household cleaners and formaldehyde from wood.

Peace Lilies and English Ivy help get rid of pet odors and are great for people struggling with asthma. These plants love water and grow best in rooms that don’t get a lot of direct sunlight.

Pomander Balls

Threaded pomander balls have been around for thousands of years. This DIY requires only three ingredients.

  • Dried cloves
  • Citrus fruit
  • Beading Cord

Insert the point of the clove into the fruit into your desired shape (arrow, diamond, etc) making sure to cover the entire fruit. Wrap the cord around the cloves and tie off when you reach the starting point.

Pomander balls make a great decoration and can last weeks or even months.

Lemon Simmer Pot

A simmering pot is our favorite DIY natural air freshener. Citrus fruit is unique in that its contents can be transformed into an air freshener without the need for oils and spray bottles.

SImply place the peel and or slices in a pan of water and let simmer for about 10 minutes. You can also add herbs such as rosemary for a spicy boost.

There is are endless variations of DIY natural air fresheners to create. You can combine any of these natural air fresheners to give each room in your home its signature scent. You can also create a smell that is unique to you.

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DIY Oil Diffuser