Craft Recycled: DIY Air Freshener

1 by Becky Striepe

craftRECYCLED logoDIY Air Freshener

Most store-bought air fresheners are bad news for your indoor air quality. That lovely vanilla scent might smell nice in your bathroom, but the "fragrance" on the label could refer to any number of proprietary chemicals, including carcinogens. Instead of giving money to corporations who don't have your best interests at heart, you can make your own all natural air freshener on the cheap!


  • Reclaimed glass jar - Choose something tallish like a juice or honey jar.
  • Your favorite essential oil - Check out our handy guide to essential oils to pick one that's best for your purposes.
  • Carrier oil - Sweet almond or jojoba oil are good options.
  • Bamboo skewers - If you have clean wooden chopsticks left over from Chinese delivery, you can use these instead, but you might want to up the soaking time in the directions below.
  • Wire cutter - You only need this if you're using the bamboo skewers.
  • Measuring cup


1. Fill your measuring cup to 1/4 the cup level with your carrier oil, then add essential oil until it's at 1/3 cup. Pour your mixture into your repurposed jar.

2. Trim the pointy ends off of your skewers with the wire cutter. If they splinter a little, that's OK. Just gently pull off any big splinters and don't worry about it.

3. Place the skewers into your jar of oils and soak for 10 minutes. Flip the skewers over so the dry sides are in the oil and set your DIY fragrance sticks out in the house wherever you like! You'll want to periodically flip the skewers over. I've found that doing that every couple of days works well.

Have you made your own DIY air freshener? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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