Make a Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oils

essential oils are used to make a natural air freshener
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Making a DIY natural air freshener using essential oils is fairly simple and requires only water and essential oils. It can be spritzed anywhere that needs a fresh scent: the bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, closets, and other areas in your home or office. 

This is a recipe that can be easily adapted using other essential oils. Just be sure to find out about any safety concerns and precautions associated with a particular essential oil before using it (these tips can get you started, but it's a good idea to consult a professional).

Preparation Time

5 to 10 minutes


You will also need a 4-ounce clean spray bottle with a fine mister. Glass or metal is preferable, as essential oils can degrade plastic.

Instead of distilled water, a combination of vodka (1.5 fl. ounces) and distilled water (1.5 fl. ounces) can be used. The alcohol may make the scent last longer once it is sprayed. (Note that isopropyl alcohol shouldn't be used).


1. Pour the distilled water into the spray bottle.

2. Using gloves, add the essential oils to the bottle in a well-ventilated area.

3. Shake well.

Makes 3 ounces of natural air freshener.

Other Scent Combinations

Here are examples of other essential oil blends that may be used in a natural air freshener spray with 3 fluid ounces of distilled water.

Combination #1: 

  • 7 drops pine essential oil
  • 7 drops juniper essential oil
  • 7 drops of balsam fir needle essential oil

Combination #2: 

  • 7 drops of orange essential oil
  • 6 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops of bergamot essential oil

Combination #3: 

  • 8 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 7 drops lime essential oil
  • 3 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 2 drops rose essential oil

Combination #4:

  • 9 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Combination #5:

  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 lemon essential oil


Shake well before each use, as the essential oils will separate and sit on the surface of the liquid.

Store the bottle upright, away from heat or direct sunlight.

Don't spray on furniture, delicate surfaces, uncovered food or drinks, or near the face. The solution should never be ingested or applied in regular or excessive amounts on the skin.

Avoid filling the spray bottle, as the essential oils can degrade the rubber gasket at the top of the sprayer bottle.

Don't use more than the recommended amount of essential oil. Aromatherapy scents are potent and using too much can have unwanted adverse effects. Don't try to achieve the same degree of scent with a natural air freshener as you would with a standard, store-bought air freshener.

It's important to ask other people who will be sharing the space before spraying essential oils.

Certain essential oils may not be appropriate for everyone, and some people (such as those with sensitivities or allergies or pregnant women) should avoid certain essential oils.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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