Reaching for a store-bought air freshener is an easy way to cover up unwanted smells and odors but it might not be the healthiest and most economical way. Many commercial deodorizers contain chemicals that can actually contribute to unhealthy indoor air. We want to share with you a homemade air freshener that is not only environmentally friendly and inexpensive to make, but can also add a decorative flair to your home.
- Wooden cut outs (balsam wood works best, sold in packs of 4-6 for under $3 at most craft stores)
- Scented oil of your choice
- Food coloring
- Small bowl
- Begin by placing a few drops of oil in a small bowl. Any essential or scented oil will do.
- Mix in a drop or two of food coloring. You only need to do this step if you wish for your air freshener to be colored. You can leave it natural if you wish (as pictured in these photos) and avoid food coloring all together.
- The oil and coloring will separate, so take a toothpick and stir quickly to mix it well.
- Dip the brush in the mixture and brush it onto the wood cut out. Apply it generously. It is easiest if you have the cut out resting flat on a plate when you color it.
- Apply the mixture to both sides of the shape, allowing each side to dry thoroughly before flipping.
- Once the shape is dry, feel free to brush on one last coating of scented oil.
Now all you need to do is allow the shape to dry. Once it is, cut a length of twine or ribbon and run it through the shape. The air freshener can now be hung wherever you please. In time, should you wish to add more fragrance simply brush it on as you did before. The wood will soak up the oils and the shape will retain the smell nicely.
You can find these unfinished wood pieces in a variety of shapes at your local craft shop. Choose a pumpkin for the fall or one of the many Christmas themes such as Christmas trees, angels or ornaments and use a corresponding scent such as spice or pine to make your home festive for the season!
These can by hung anywhere in your home or car and you can even take a few to work with you. So next time you are looking to spruce up your home and not use harsh chemicals, try our DIY Air Freshener.
Pam Buttikofer is a co-founder of Imperfect Women. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 37 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and her lovable pups.