Natural air freshener

Pinterest Challenge: Extra Credit

by laura.johnson

Yep I’m that girl in school that when she gets excited about a project goes all out, even to the point of being a little show off or brown nose.  But all the better for you though, right?

Let’s face it, summer stinks! Not in the bummer/ lame sort of way, but in the hot, sticky, my husband’s workout socks sort of way. And let me tell you in 550 sq feet you notice these things! A couple weeks ago on Pinterest I found a darling natural air freshener that would tend to mother nature’s offensive smells.

Natural air freshener, baking soda

Lucky for me the Pinterest had tracked my pin to the original source, The Imperfect Homemaking that had a complete recipe for this simple, eco-friendly deodorizer: 1/4 cup baking soda and 6-8 drops of essential oil. Yep, that’s it!

Now of making my own version of this wonderfully simple freshener. On our Saginaw Thrift Store Romp I managed to pick up a couple canning jars for just a few cents. However, the small decorative jelly jars were all missing their top lid, easy enough, I can work with that.

Natural air freshener, baking soda

I followed the directions 1/4 cup baking soda and several shakes of essential oils. I opted for an essential oil blend of peppermint and rosemary designed to energize. After all a little extra pep around the house never hurt.

Natural air freshener

I covered the top with scrap of fabric and screwed the top ring back in place.

Natural air freshener
I trimmed up the edges, frayed the fabric a bit and volia, a less stinky summer!  This one is going next to the pile of sweaty laundry.

Natural air freshener

I made one for Cody’s Garage, well closet we affectionately call our garage.  Truth be told, that is the place that needs the most freshening!

Natural air freshener

After putting my glass jar air freshener among the cleats, bike helmet, and various power tools, it occurred to me that this is not a very glass-safe environment.  So I slid it into a roll of duct tape, instantly more manly.

Natural air freshener

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  1. Did it work? I’m always a little skeptical, but I think the essential oils would make the difference. Where do you even get those? I’m that out of it!

    • I really want to reply with an enthusiastic ‘YES!’ But I think it was the removing dirty sweaty cleats from the ‘garage’ that made the biggest difference. However I’m sure my new air freshener it’s not hurting matters.

  2. I definitely have a couple places that could use these :) I think I like the idea of the fabric better than the original with the metal lid.

    • Trust me, if your abode is like mine before you know it you’ll be making 6 of these! :) God love our husbands, even when their socks stink.

  3. Hi Laura! Thanks for trying my air freshener idea. I hope it helps make things a little less stinky. :)

    Kelly from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

  4. I have pinned that too. I’m so happy to see that someone else has made it and that it seems to work. I will definitely give it a go!

    I have posted about a few of my favourite pins on my blog today and if you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by! Please feel free to link up your post to my new Pinning and Singing Linky Party. I’d love it if you could join in!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  5. Loving this idea!!! Thanks for posting. I am curious though, how long does the mixture itself last freshening a room? What I mean is, roughly how often would I have to replace the freshener?

    –Anna :)

  6. I wonder if baking extracts would do the trick…like vanilla, or lemon?  I have those in the house already…

    • Shari, I haven’t thought of trying baking extracts I’m curious to see how yours turn out.  Because the extracts are more like a food you might want to check them from time to time to make sure they haven’t spoiled.  That would definitely defeat the purpose of an air freshener! 

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