Many commercial air fresheners contain substances that aren't very nice to breathe in and can linger in the air for quite a while. So why not improve your and your family's health and be gentle on the environment at the same time by making your own?
You will certainly notice the difference between the commercial product you've probably been using for some time and the one you make - your air freshener will smell fresher and cleaner.
I was never happy with my family breathing in the vapour from commercial air fresheners so for years I've purchased a commercial air freshener made from natural ingredients and while it's been a great option and not harmful to inhale, it is quite expensive. My family mainly uses this air freshener to disguise toilet smells, and while it was quite good, it didn't really do the job as well as it should.
A few weeks ago we ran out of this natural air freshener and as we live out of town, it was a nuisance to have to drive into the local supermarket to only purchase air freshener so I had a look through the essential oils in my dispensary and selected those that I thought would work well. To my delight the concoction I made worked much better than the commercial one I'd been purchasing and costs very little. It smells lovely, disguises all bad smells, and is much better for the health of my family and our home than the commercial products we used originally and contained all types of nasties that can be easily breathed in.
My air freshener is easy to make and you may already have the ingredients so why not give it a go by following the instructions below.
You will require a spray bottle that gives a fine mist - I recycled the natural commercial air freshener bottle we were using, and it works well.
The recipe makes 125ml, which is the size of the bottle I recycled. You can double this if you have a bigger bottle.
2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol or witch hazel or vodka
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Filtered, spring, or pure water
Pour the alcohol into the bottle, add the essential oils, and shake well so the oil dissolves in the alcohol. Pour in enough water to fill the bottle to the shoulder. And that's it.
We always give the bottle a shake before we spray it, just to make sure the mist will contain all the oils. You can use whichever essential oils you prefer, just make sure they are aromatic. Personally, I think it's a good idea to include clove essential oil if using the spray in the toilet as it seems to be the main one that disguises unpleasant smells.