While I love my diffuser and use it frequently at home, diffusing isn’t the only way to use essential oils! In fact, there are all sorts of reasons you may prefer an alternative to diffusing essential oils.
Some people prefer subtler scents, and it can be hard to achieve that with certain diffusers. And some people don’t own a diffuser to begin with, and that’s okay too! :-)
In today’s post, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite ways to use essential oils without the use of a diffuser. This air freshener spray is easy to make, has many useful applications (which we’ll get to shortly), and makes a great gift too!
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What’s In This Spray?
This simple and customizable air freshener spray is made with just 3 simple elements. You can make my favorite version of this spray by following the recipe provided below, or choose your own unique ingredients to make a spray that’s all your own!
- Distilled Water – You can use tap water in a pinch, but distilled water is the way to go if you want to maximize the shelf life!
- Essential Oils – Where freshness is concerned, it’s hard to beat the combined scents of lemon oil and lavender oil! It’s uplifting, comforting, and wonderfully clean.
- Emulsifier – Adding an emulsifier like witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka helps the water and oil mix together more effectively. (Even with an emulsifier, the spray is still likely to separate over time. But it’s nothing a good shake won’t fix!)
How To Make Your Own Air Freshener Spray
Ingredients & Supplies:
- Small glass spray bottle
- 6 Tbsp distilled water
- 2 Tbsp witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Add the distilled water, emulsifier (either witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka), and essential oils to your glass spray bottle.
Replace the top, shake well to combine, and it’s ready to go!
7 Ways To Use Your Air Freshener Spray
1. In Your Guest Room
Spritz it around your guest room before friends or family arrive to stay over. You can also leave the bottle itself in the room so your guests can use it freshen things up throughout their stay!
2. On Upholstery
Spritz upholstered furniture, decor, and drapes after dusting to keep them smelling fresh.
3. In The Air
Kitchen still smelling a bit funky, even after you took the trash out? Grab your air freshener spray for an instant dose of freshness!
4. In The Bathroom
Leave a bottle in the bathroom to use as a natural alternative to synthetic air fresheners. (Bonus Tip: You can also spray this directly into the toilet before using it to help prevent unpleasant bathroom odors!)
5. On Your Clothes
Clothes that have been in your drawer or closet for a while can smell a bit stale. Freshen them up with just a few spritzes!
6. On The Road
This spray can be a great travel companion too! Use it in your hotel room to make it smell a bit more like home.
7. In The Shower
You can even take your spray into the shower with you! The lemon and lavender oils will can help you feel more centered and even help open up your airways (especially when you add steam from your shower into the equation!)
What’s scent(s) would you use in this air freshener spray?