DIY room air freshener

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We have two cats. They get stanky. And I refused to buy air fresheners. It turns out I already had everything I needed for a homemade and EASY air freshener! No more stank in our house.

What you need:

A container (we used these)
Baking soda
Essential oil
Foil (or a lid you want to ruin and poke holes in)

This gets really complicated so pay attention….

1. Pour baking soda into container, about 1/4 full. Pour in 8ish drops of essential oils.

Oh. That’s it. Just the one step.

Well, add a lid if you want. You could nail holes into a mason jar lid but I didn’t want to ruin one. I just covered it with foil and poked some holes. No one will see mine (it’s high up on a shelf) so it didn’t need to have a pretty lid. But make yours as pretty as you want.

Seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Every once in awhile, go shake it so everything mixes and freshens the stinky smells.



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  3. Jayne February 4, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I have 2 cats in the house and pet smell is something that we always wish weren’t there. Essential oil + baking soda. Hmmm… Sounds like really simple but workable idea. I wonder if it will outlast those scent stick and if it does, how much longer will it be? For now, i’ll try putting the oil in my Dyson animal vacuum and see how much that will help.

  4. Norine March 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    To make the mason jar pretty foR the bedroom cut a circle of lace or sparkly netting and attach to the jar with a hairtie or rubber band add ribbon. Also makes a nice gift just add instructions.

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  8. Ryan June 17, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Trying to replace expensive candles and room fresheners and found this to be both effective and a great safe project for my 5 year old. She got to pick her scent and play with the baking soda. I had issues with the scent actually filling the room though, and after much trial and error, the best solution we settled on was to screw a layer of cheese cloth onto the jar and trim off the excess – throwing out the lid part. Then just used some twine to tie a nice bow around it. Actually looks so good I may gift a few – and all for pennies. I do give it a little shake every day or two but after a few visitors said “wow, what is that good smell” I realized that I just get used to the scent and it is actually much stronger than I think it is. Anyway – thanks this was a lot of fun!

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  11. Barb Stapf August 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I have a pine cone that I picked up somewhere that I set on the end of a towel bar in the bathroom. I sprinkle essential oil directly on it. It works great and nothing gets dirty; it looks nice and smells terrific.

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