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Smell the Savings: DIY Air Fresheners

I am the only female in my household. After a long day of working and messing around the house, my boys sometimes stink. Sure, Febreze and Glade products erase the Eau de Boy, but they’re expensive. To even get enough to handle my stinky house, I’d have to resort to shelf clearing.  I learned how to make my own household air fresheners for a fraction of the cost. An added bonus is they have fewer harsh chemicals than commercial brands.

You’ll Need:

  • Heat-proof jars ($0.99 cents at Michaels, or reuse old candle or baby food jars)
  • Food coloring ($2.38 at Walmart)
  • Essential/fragrance oils ($0.99 cents at Walmart )
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin ($1.25 at Walmart)
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 2 cups cold water

How to:

  • Put 2 – 3 drops of food coloring into the jars.
  • Add 30+ drops of the essential oils (depends on size of room; I use 30 for bathrooms.)
  • Boil 1 cup water in bowl.
  • Whisk gelatin in boiling water until it dissolves.
  • Add 1 cup cold water and the salt, and stir until dissolved.
  • Quickly pour the gelatin mix into the jars.
  • Stir well.
  • Let gel overnight at room temperature.

This is a great activity to do with your kids in. Each air freshener (my recipe made three) will last around a month and will cost a total of $5.61 if you don’t have any of the supplies on hand. For three, the final price was $1.87 per freshener. You’ll have plenty left over to make more.

Pro tip: Use fancier jars to make presents for the holidays or birthdays. Use peppermint fragrances, red food coloring and holiday decorations for great Christmas gifts. Omit the food coloring all together for a neutral look. Add in little sea shells or beachy items for a coastal theme.

Your house will smell amazing!

 This has been a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC.
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17 thoughts on “Smell the Savings: DIY Air Fresheners”

  1. Brianna says:

    Can you measure out 4 envelopes?

  2. Dena says:

    Thank you for the great and inexpensive idea! I love a fragrant home and think that they would also make fabulous gifts! Am also forwarding to my sister and niece who has 3 sons each.

  3. Anonymous says:

    what do you means as 4 envelopes do you mean to boxes of jello

  4. Thank You for Sharing this ..As I am always looking for something to share as Gifts & or for myself, Do Myself kinnda projects that don’t cost a Fortune to do !!!!

  5. Dee Marie says:

    love these DIY projects

  6. Lynne Fields says:

    Just let the jar sit in the open? No air circulation is needed (like Glade’s solid air filter needs air circulation. ($0.94 @Walmart) And it evaporates and ‘shrinks’ over 30 days until it’s dry. Does this do the same?

  7. so no wicks or anything you just sit it out?