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How To Make 3 Naturally-Scented Air Fresheners For Cars

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

I spend a LOT of time in my car! Since the small town we live in is at least 30 minutes away from the nearest big town, my car often serves as my mobile office. Plus recently I’ve had a lot of extra doctor appointments that are an hours drive away. Most of the time I don’t give the interior of my car much thought, but since I’ve been seeing so much of it lately, it occurred to me that there were a few easy things I could do to make my time in the car more enjoyable.

So first I got rid of all of the trash and other random items that had accumulated in my car, and then I looked for a way to keep the inside of my newly cleaned car interior smelling nice! I’ve never been much of a fan of those tree air fresheners, because even when they smell good, they are just SO STRONG! After a bit of searching and sleuthing, I came up with three different ideas for making my own air fresheners for my car!

I haven’t narrowed down which one I’ll use yet, because I like them all! I think I’ll just rotate through them every once in a while, just to keep it interesting.

Here’s how to make 3 different kinds of naturally-scented air fresheners that are perfect for your car.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Clothespin Air Freshener

You’ll need:

Directions:

Put around 5 drops of your essential oil of choice onto each clothespin. We used peppermint oil, for its fresh and energizing scent.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Place your clothespins into a plastic sandwich bag, along with a handful of fresh herbs (or not, it’s optional!) and seal the bag. We chose to add a handful of fragrant mint leaves to the bag, which went really well with the scent of the orange oil. The orange and mint combination smells fresh, clean, and invigorating! If you choose to skip the herbs, use the sandwich bag to store your clothespins until you’re ready to use them.

To use your clothespin air fresheners, just clip one or two onto your car’s air vents. This is a perfect air freshener for someone who prefers something more subtle than traditional air fresheners, since the scent only really gets “activated” when you’re using the heat or A/C in your car.

The scent will fade from your clothespins over time, but you can reuse them again and again by adding more oil and resealing them with new herbs.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Mason Jar Air Freshener

You’ll need:

Directions:

Add baking soda to your mason jar until it is about 2/3 full. Add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil or oils to the baking soda. We used equal amounts of lemon, lavender, and peppermint oils.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Put the lid on the jar and shake well to distribute the oils throughout the baking soda.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Next, remove the lid and use the flat disk part as a template to trace a circle onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out the circle using scissors or a sharp craft knife, and place it on top of the jar of baking soda.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Use the ring part of the lid to secure the cardboard to the jar, and then use the thumbtack to poke several holes in the cardboard lid. All done!

To use, place the jar in a cup holder in your car, or stow it under a seat. Make up a fresh jar about once a month.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Felt & Foam Air Freshener

You’ll need:

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Directions:

First, you’ll need to decide what shape your want your air freshener to be. We made a couple of different fun shapes – a sunburst, a seashell, and a flip flop! (If you’re in need of inspiration, there are pages and pages of fun designs in the Silhouette Design Store!)

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Once you’ve decided what design you’ll be using, cut your design out twice; once using the adhesive craft foam, and once using the craft felt. We were able to cut out both using our Silhouette Curio. (We referenced this tutorial from Sarah Hearts to learn how to cut felt using our Curio!)

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

When both your shapes are cut out, peel the paper backing off of the craft foam and stick it to the back of the felt piece.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

Use a piece of twine or string to create a loop at the top to hang it from.

Homemade Car Air Fresheners

The last step is to add your scent! You can either just add a few drops of essential oils directly to the felt side, or you can use a small spray bottle like we did. Spraying the essential oils mixed with water will give you a more even distribution of oils.

When you’re done, all that’s left to do is hang your new air freshener from your rearview mirror!

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Hi Jillian you have some really creative ideas here. I tried the baking soda recipe but honestly I can’t smell anything. The essential oil I used is very potent and in fact used more than what you specified in the recipe. The only change I did was instead of cardboard piece on top I covered the bottle with mesh cloth piece and tied it with a twine.

    • Baking soda is really great when it comes to absorbing odors, so this air freshener might not have a super strong smell, but it does prevent your car from becoming smelly :-)

  • You really have all time best website out there for all kinds of creative ideas, thank you for the car air freshener.i will make this one with the masson jar. Brilliant. Keep up the good work.you are the best.

  • Also great to use a simple fragrant tea bag for a more subtle scent. I always get sick in the car and can hardly handle strong smell, so tea bags are my favorites ( and it is so effortless too). Thanks for your amazing ideas.

  • Remember to re-purpose the baking soda when you change it out of your car.
    For example, I save the vinegar that I run through my coffee pot for general cleaning!
    I love your ideas Jillee. Thank you over and over!

  • I have done the Mason jar freshener with the oils and baking soda…I used a cupcake liner in place of the flat lid and poked holes through that…I used this in bathrooms bedrooms and even closets….all in all its a great idea. THANKS JILLIEE

  • oh my goodness. this is great. the ones from bath and body works never work for my car. i dont even waste my time getting others if those dont work. this is great. thank you so much.

  • Stuff I don’t even think of and now I have to do all of them! Such clever ideas and they could even be used as “tie-on” gifts when wrapping packages. I’m so glad that people like you have time to be creative. Then all I have to do is copy your ideas and maybe (when there’s time) add a little something of myself to the design. Thank you!

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