Frugal Friday: Homemade Air Fresheners

Wanna freshen up your home, but tired of paying for all those plug-in, candle burning, lasts for only 2-days type fresheners? Well try making your own! I can’t vouch for whether they last longer or not, but they’re definitely less expensive. And not only is making homemade air fresheners frugal fun, it’s also a great project to do with the kiddos (provided they’re old enough to actually work with the ingredients.) I came across THIS site that has several different ideas for homemade air fresheners. Click on the links for instructions on how to make them, but here’s a quick glimpse of all the fun you could have. πŸ™‚

With these homemade gel fresheners, you can make a different color for each room in your house and a different scent for each season of the year. And go ahead and add some glitter, sparkle, rocks, or any cute little odds & end for a fun and stylish twist. (idea shared from Katie in Idaho)

These scented “rocks” are really more like a scented salt dough. You can color them any which way you want as well as give them all sorts of fun scents. Hang them up in your closet or throw some in your drawers to keep your clothes smelling nice. Or just put them all over your house. πŸ™‚ (idea shared from Dixie in Carson City)

And here are some additional home freshener tips:

  1. Put a drop of perfume or essential oil on the top of a light bulb, and the fragrance is released each time the light is switched on.
  2. Pour a few drops of inexpensive perfume or essential oil in a small spray bottle and top off with water to make a spray air freshener that can be used on soft furnishings and bedding.
  3. For a lovely Christmas or winter air freshener, place a few cloves, some broken cinnamon sticks and a sprinkling of allspices into a small pot of water. Gently heat then simmer for 1 or 2 hours, leaving the internal doors open so the smell can travel through out your home.
    Other good ingredients are orange and lemon rinds, and sliced apple with a broken cinnamon stick ( this last one makes the house smell like apple pie.) just follow the same method as for the winter homemade air freshener (ideas shared from Mary in Maine)

Enjoy your scented home! πŸ™‚



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