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Simple Scented Air Fresheners

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in For Your Home, Green Clean | 1 comment

Simple Scented Air Fresheners

Any jar, baking soda, scented oils and scrapbook paper makes a cute and effective air freshener.

The mix of baking soda and oils will naturally deodorize and scent your house for weeks. I like this air freshener because the scent is in the air but not overpowering and the deodorizing quality means its removing unpleasant smells from the air, not just masking them. That deodorizing quality works especially well with the air freshener I strategically placed near the cat’s litter box.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Trace the lid of the jar onto the scrapbook paper and cut out your new lid.
  2. Poke holes in the paper using a sharp object like a thick needle, a toothpick, a tack or a paper clip.
  3. Fill the jar with about a half a cup of baking soda. I used small quilted jelly jars normally used for canning and filled them about 3/4 full with baking soda. Canning jars are perfect because the lids and bands are separate so all you need to do is replace the metal lid with the scrapbook paper lid. If you’re using another type of jar that does not have a separate band and lid, you can cover the jar in fabric, secure it with an elastic band and use ribbon to cover the elastic.
  4. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil to the baking soda. You can mix oils or use one. You can also adjust the amount of oil if the one you’re using is exceptionally strong.
  5. Mix the contents of the jar and top it with the paper lid.

The jars look great as is, but you can also dress them up to match your decor.

Using a hole punch and a hot glue gun, I added polka dots to one of my jars. You could also add bows, stickers, buttons or anything else you might have on hand to embellish the jar.

If you make one, we’d love to hear about how you dressed up your jar!

Nicole’s 2¢

Eucalyptus and lavender essential oils both have a deodorizing quality, so consider them for extra strong smells.

Kim brings a hint of homesteading to the blog while focusing on changes that work with today’s busy schedules. She often shares recipes for making your own beauty and cleaning products and even canned goods. You can follow Kim on Twitter at @kim_ann.

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  1. Gillean

    I love this idea! Can’t wait to use it all over the house :)

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