It’s 12 in the afternoon and you’re expecting guests any minute. You’ve been house cleaning for their arrival all morning and now it’s time to add the finishing touch by refilling your Glade Plugin. You reach into your cabinet just to come back empty-handed.
The panic sets in because you simply don’t have enough time to run to the store to pick up more but you do have enough time to DIY a freshener really quick. They only take a few minutes and for the most part, you should have the materials already on hand.
Keep reading as we take you through how to DIY air fresheners that your guests will never forget and may break you from ever buying another Glade Plugin.
1. Lemon-Rosemary Simmer Pot
This is a simple brew that you can leave on the stove for hours. All you need is a small pot, water, vanilla extract, and a single lemon. Fill your pot up about 2/3 with water and then toss in your other ingredients.
Let it simmer throughout the day and work its magic through your home. This mixture is reusable. After two days, you’ll want to dump it and make a new one though because it won’t have its same luster in day three.
2. Scented Wood
This one won’t help you if your guests will be coming very soon because you have to leave it overnight but it’s still a cheaper method than most scented oil plug-ins. Pick up a few wooden blocks along with your favourite scented oil.
You can spray each block with the oil or paint it on with a brush. After each block is coated throw them into a tin and pour a little extra oil inside. Close it and shake the container to make sure they have absorbed as much of the oil as they can and leave it overnight.
The next day put the tin on a table and open the lid. You’ll have a pleasant smell that will last for days. If you want the smell to stick to your blocks for more than a few days, then add a bit more oil every time the smell starts to weaken a little.
3. Tea Tree Eucalyptus Spray
Tea Tree has a natural herbal scent that pairs well with the slight minty aroma of eucalyptus. The other great thing about pairing these two together is that it will act as a deodoriser and purify the air in your home instead of just eliminate smells.
To get started with this you just need a cup of water, two tablespoons of either vodka or rubbing alcohol, four drops of tea tree oil, six drops of eucalyptus oil, and five drops of lemon.
Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle of your choosing and spray any rooms that either has an unpleasant odour or just ones that you will be entertaining guests in.
4. Lavender Chamomile Spray
Lavender and chamomile are both smells that are notorious for calming you down and making you feel relaxed. You can spray it around your home before guests come over to help them relax, or even spray it on your pillow to help you get some much-needed sleep at night.
You won’t need much, just a cup of water, two tablespoons of vodka or rubbing alcohol, five drops of chamomile oil, and ten drops of lavender oil. Much like the other spray, pour the mixture in a spray bottle of your choice and use it when needed.
5. Orange Peel Candles
Instead of throwing your oranges away when you’re done with them, you can reuse them as a candle. Run your knife around the edges of the orange to loosen the fruit away from it. You should just be left with the bottom half of the orange with fruit exposed after this.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll use a fork to scrape out the inside of the orange but be careful to avoid destroying the stem. It’s going to act as your wick. Once you’ve scrapped the orange clean you can fill it about 3/4 with any oil of your choosing.
You should let the oil sit for around 45 minutes so the orange can absorb it. After the time is up, take a lighter and hold it up to the stem for 3 minutes or so until the white part is dry and black. When the stem has changed colour, give it a minute and then try to light the orange.
It might take a minute or so but when it’s all said and done, your home will be filled with a delicious citrus smell.
6. Reed Diffusers
You can make your own diffuser using baby oil, a vase, essential oil of your choice, and bamboo skewers. Fill the vase up as much as you want with essential oil and then fill it the rest of the way with the baby oil.
Place the skewers in the vase, tie them together with ribbon, and tada. If you want you can use coloured tape to add a bit of decoration to the end of each skewer.
7. Cinnamon Stick Candle
For this one, you just need a pillar candle that’s about three inches in diameter, a few cinnamon sticks, and a hot glue gun. Take a pair of sheers and cut the cinnamon sticks so they will fit your candle.
Once the sticks are cut, glue each one on your candle until it’s completely covered. After that, it’s just a matter of lighting your candle and enjoying the smell of cinnamon.
DIY Air Fresheners that are a Gift for the Nose
When guests are coming over and you’re out of plug-ins, don’t panic, just whip up something really quick. Most of these DIY air fresheners are simple to make and will leave your home smelling fabulous. You’ll never go back to your standard plug-ins.
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