DIY: Make Your Own Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oils

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Commercial air fresheners can bring many unwanted toxins and chemicals into your home. There are, however, completely safe and natural alternatives for keeping your air fresh. We came up with a quick and simple tutorial to make your own air freshener that has only two ingredients—baking soda and essential oils! Read on to get started, and your home will be smelling fresh in no time.

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What You Need:

1 small Mason jar with a lid and band
1/4 cup baking soda
5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil
Small screwdriver or nail


1. Put 1/4 cup baking soda into a small jar. Add 5-6 drops of your favorite dōTERRA essential oil or blend.

Recommended Essential Oils: Balance, Cassia, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, On Guard, Purify, or Wild Orange.

2. Put piece of fabric on jar and seal with band.

Editor’s Tip: Add some style by drawing a design onto a piece of paper and then securing the design on top of the lid with a strong tape around the edges and poking holes along the pattern.

3. You’re done! Just place the jar in an area you would like to keep smelling fresh. This could include: the bathroom, near a garbage can, in your closet, near your dirty clothes, etc. Shake the jar often to activate the fresh scent. If the scent starts to fade, simply add 2-3 more drops of essential oil into the jar.

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Wellness Advocates. If you would like to locate a Wellness Advocate in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. I make a similar blend using lavender, melaluca & lemon. I sprinkle on all my carpet & upholstered furniture & wait at least 30 minutes before vacuuming.

  2. My dog got sprayed by a skunk in his face and came in the house and rubbed his face all over the carpet. I mixed a few drops of lavender, lemon and peppermint with baking soda and sprinkled it on the carpet and used a carpet rake to get it into the carpet more. I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then vacuumed it up. It took the smell out and made the whole room smell much better. My husband was amazed!

  3. I used the small jars you can buy for crushed red peppers…like the ones you see on the tables in pizza places…that have the holes already in. Makes great gifts…just tie a ribbon around the lid…and you can always give the bottle of oil with the instructions.

  4. Great Idea! Please please more cleaning tips! I want to revamp and rid my home of all the chemicals that we have become accustomed to using.

  5. I think that is a great idea, very economical. I will give these out at my next class. Thanks for the idea. Debra

  6. Hi. I already do this, BUT I just take a piece of cardstock and fit it to the lid and poke holes in that. This way you can dress it up and even put a ribbon around it.

  7. Thank you so much for this advise. I will surely pass this one on at a party, and maybe even give one out as a prize.

    I am just new into doTERRA, and hope to gather many such brilliant ideas.

    Thank you!

  8. Sounds like a great idea! Can’t wait to try it out. How long do these air fresheners last? How often do you replace the baking soda?

  9. I love this idea which I will be trying. I think I might try using a decorative doily with a ribbon through it to dress it up.

  10. I think this would be a great thing to include in a “welcome back to school” gift package for teachers of chemically sensitive children. I think the package should also contain a hand sanitizer because those are ubiquitous in schools now and the triclosan (etc.) in them is very toxic.

    I think that this idea could be modified a bit to make your own carpet-freshener. Most of those products to be sprinkled on and vacuumed from carpets is mostly baking soda, I would guess we’d use a lower ratio of oils to baking soda for that application?

    Thanks for the idea!

  11. Hi Maria,

    The air freshener can last up for a month or two. Just shake the jar or add a couple more drops of essential oil if the scent begins to fade.

  12. I really love this idea and think it would be the best solution to the baby diaper changing station 😉 So many choices of oils for different needs and moods, too! The possibilities are endless! Fabulous!

  13. I have several fancy salt shakers that I have been given over the years and just stored in cupboard. What a great idea to make use of these. All those gifts will finally be put to use. Cheers! :)

  14. About how long does the scent last? Meaning, am I going to have to put more oil in after three days or one month? I plan to use Lavender.

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  16. Isabell Ellingham, what a great idea. The little salt shakers filled with this would be fantastic for gym lockers, too. I’m thinking of my niece who is in high school and plays varsity basketball. hmmmm

  17. I made these air fresheners with my special ed students for Mother’s Day. They are a hit with the students who really enjoyed making them for their moms.

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