Make Your Own Gel Air Fresheners

gel air freshener

It’s funny how when I start thinking about posting about a certain idea, it seems people start “coming out of the woodwork” with the same request.  It’s almost uncanny! :-)

First, Paul from Duluth, Minnesota sent me this link for Homemade Gel Air Fresheners at Robyn‘s View At Home…and then I’ve had more people on Facebook and here at home asking me about the same thing! So in response to several special requests AND because I think it’s just a WAY cool idea…here’s my take on making your own homemade air fresheners.

It’s actually a very easy process with a few different options for “personalization”…which I like. :-)

gel air fresheners

I actually made two different batches of gel air freshener…one using liquid potpourri and one using water and essential oils.

I found the liquid potpourri in the scented candle section at my local Walmart. I probably would have passed but it was called Linen Scent and I just couldn’t resist!

Here is the “recipe” I found at

Liquid Potpourri

  • 2 cups liquid potpourri
  • 4 individual envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • heat-safe containers (I used my favorite container for all sorts of DIY homemade products…Mason jars!)


gel air freshener

In a small saucepan on the stove, heat 1 1/2 cups liquid potpourri (I used some called “Linen Scent,” which makes me think of clothes drying outdoors on a line in a summer breeze) and the salt. When the salt is completely dissolved, add the gelatin, and stir until THAT is completely dissolved as well. Remove the saucepan from the heat and then add the remaining liquid potpourri. Stir until fully blended. Pour the mixture into containers of your choice and allow to cool to room temperature.



Of course this is where I couldn’t help myself and had to get a little creative. To give them a little more of a “home decor” feel, I decided to add a little color and texture to the rather nondescript gel with a tiny bit of food color and some silk flower petals I “cannibalized” from some other silk flowers I had laying around the house. I kind of like how they turned out. :-)


Scented Water

The second batch of gel air freshener I made involved the same process, just substituting distilled water and essential oils for the liquid potpourri. Here’s where you can really personalize your air fresheners. You can change the intensity of the scent by adding more or less essential oil; start with 10 drops of oil to 2 cups of water and adjust as desired. You can also try different COMBINATIONS of oils to make a special scents.

Since I only had a couple of essential oils on hand that I wouldn’t mind using as an air freshener…I stuck with with those. I made one with Lavender, one with Lemon and one with Rosemary and Peppermint combined.


gel air fresheners

Rebecca at Foodie With Family has some suggestions for different combinations here, such as Sweet Basil & Lemon, and Rosemary & Wild Orange.

If you want (but it’s not necessary) you can create a vented lid for your air fresheners by punching out several holes using an ordinary paper punch. Really.  That’s all I used. It works! :-)


Since I don’t normally buy gel air fresheners, I can’t tell you how much the savings would be (maybe someone else can clue me in here!) but I’m assuming it would be considerable!

I had such a good time making these and was so happy with how they turned out….I’m thinking I might need to make more the keep on hand for little hostess gifts, etc.  What do you think??

Happy Freshening Everyone! :-)

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  1. Deborah G. says

    I can’t wait to try these! I’ve got the ingredients on hand and I’m headed to the kitchen now! Wish me luck!,,

  2. Rachel Loveridge says

    Just a thought: the ones using essential oils (especially if you make them milder-scented) will be easier on visitors with fragrance allergies. The liquid potpourri is certain death for people like me. I always hate when I get invited somewhere and have to leave because people use plug-ins or have been burning a candle. :( (It’s not you, it’s your candle. LOL).

  3. Vicki says

    I love these! Especially the smaller ones. I am curious though, how strong of a smell does the liquid potpourri give off? Thanks.

  4. Amanda says

    Hey Jillee! I just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I love your blog! I always enjoy reading your posts – I don’t think there’s been one yet that I haven’t been excited about. :)

  5. Renee says

    Ok, so where do I buy essential oil?? I don’t think what they have at Walmart in the candle aisle is the right stuff. Help!

  6. says

    I love this! I’ve been searching for a wedding favor. I wanted something in mason jars, but my cousin stole my idea of mason jars filled with candy, so this idea is staying a secret until the wedding!

  7. jkincolorado says

    Those look like a lot of fun to make! I like the idea of using essential oils – especially since I just bought lavender. Sounds perfect for the bedroom ♥


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