BIG List of DIY Home Air Fresheners!

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77 Responses to BIG List of DIY Home Air Fresheners!

  1. Crissy says:

    1. Make a small cup out of alumminum foil. Put in some vanilla ( cheap vanilla works fine). Place in 250 oven for about 15 min. Turn off oven and leave cup in oven. Smells like fresh baked cookies. Great for showing a house.
    Dryer sheets in vents.

  2. Amanda says:

    This may seem obvious or slightly off-topic, but you can find cheap scented candles in the clearance section in craft stores (AC Moore, Michael’s) or discount stores (WalMart, Target). They’ll usually be ugly colors or containers, or leftovers from the previous holiday, but no one says you need to leave them out when you’re done burning them!

  3. I know that buying Scentsy isn’t considered frugal, but it really can be! Buy the room spray that matches the wax you melt. Then after you’ve melted a cube for a few hours, turn off the warmer. Refresh the room with the room spray. Just a few spritzes adds tremendous scent! Also, I recommend only using one cube at a time. Many scents last much longer than the package recommends :)

    • Nita Joy says:

      I also love scentsy but what is the secret to making it last longer. I burn 1 or maybe 2 cubes in my medium warmer and after a couple hours they don’t smell anymore. I shut it off and turn on the next day and I still got nothing :( Love the no fire thing tho.

      • Jane says:

        Mine does that too. That’s the part I don’t like about them.

        • elli says:

          take i teaspoon of vanilla extract and half a teaspoon of cinnamon and stir it and soak in a cotton ball and leave it around the house (or wherever) AMAZING!

      • kyde says:

        I dont have this issue. But anytime my candles are very low or burnt out i scrape the wax out with a spoon and add the shavings into my plug in scentsy in my bathroom. Everytime i turn it on it still smells great. Such a great way to not let that little extra candle wax go to waste.

      • Allison says:

        I usually cut the cubes into halves and then add a new half the next day or the next time I turn it on.

      • Andria says:

        You get used to the smell if you use the same scent all the time. I always recommend that my customers switch to a completely different scent everytime they use new cubes. Many times I have had my own warmer on and won’t smell anything (because I got used to it), but then someone will come over and comment on how great my house smells!

    • Tisha says:

      As for the scentsy, I only notice mine to last about 2 days with the scent then i don’t really smell it anymore. Is there such a thing where maybe I need a new scentsy warmer?

  4. Sherry says:

    I sprinkle baking soda mixed with cloves on my carpets before vacuuming. Takes the animal smell right out and leaves a great scent.

  5. Love these ideas – they’re making me feeling very inspired to freshen it up in my house! I used to save all the perfume samples from magazines and put them in my drawers or stashed behind the couch, bed, etc. I’d really like to try the cotton balls with essential oil mentioned by a couple of folks, though.

  6. claudette says:

    Dear Sarah;
    I love the idea of frugal febreeze! Do you know the recipe of how much fabric softener to water? Thanx for the great frugal tip!

    • Khllbrg says:

      Homemade Fabreeze- Use 1/2 cup of your favorite fabric softener, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and water to fill a 32 oz. spray bottle. This is the recipe I tried and love it!

    • Marlee says:

      I use the frugal febreeze quite often in my own home. I don’t have an exact recipe. I just add a little bit of fabric softener (maybe like a 1/2 to 1 cup) depending on the size of the spray bottle you are using. Make sure that you shake it well once you’ve added the water. My mom was the one that told me about this idea. And in my mother’s words,”a little bit goes along way”.

    • patricia says:

      i am very excited about the fabric softner fabreeze as well. thanks alot for all of the wonderful ideas keep them coming please!

  7. Tami Moss says:

    I agree with Scentsy not being very frugal…but you can also buy the same scent that you are warming and the room spray to match…when your scent no longer smells in your warmer pot…spray a few spritzes of the room spray into the dish and you have just created a whole new couple of days of warming. Also, if you have access to a fireplace…find some pine cones, dip the pine cones in the old scent that is no longer smelling from your warmer and start your FP with the pine cones…you will get another dash of great smell!! Many uses for the old wax from the Scentsy warmer pots!!

    Tami M.

    • Nita Joy says:

      Great ideas. Anymore good Scentsy ideas. Love the stuff but it doesn’t last very long.

      • Jackie says:

        You know you can reuse your scentsy? I save my little cube boxes, and when i can no longer get a strong scent, i pour it back into the squares, let it set up, put the sqaures box into a ziploc bag, and put it in the freezer. Within a day the scent comes back!! My whole top door shelf of my freezer is lined with ziploc bags of reusable scenty blocks!!

        • deana says:

          I also do this when I either get tired of a scent or cannot smell the scent anymore. But never thought of putting them in the freezer that is a great tip. I need to order me some more scentsy from a friend of mine.

        • Benita says:

          I reuse mine but I don’t pour them back in the cube box. I just take a table knife after it has reset and it comes right out. I then put them in a plastic bag.

        • Cora says:

          I haven’t tried this, but I will now.

  8. Keri M. says:

    I clean with vinegar/water 50/50. I also bake bread. Visitors often comment how good everything smells!

  9. Dixie says:

    I used fabric softer sheets on my floor registers.
    It collects dust…. plus makes your home smell April fresh immediately.

  10. Kassie says:

    I take fabrice softners and out them in dresser drewers helps keep clothes smelling great also i take pine sol and add just a small amount in a laod of clothes im washing my husbands work clothes and it makes entire house smell good also make my own cleaner with old spray bottle well cleaned add little bit of pine sol and then water makes great smelling cleaner plus disinfects everything i clean with….

  11. Cheryl says:

    Place a few drops of your favorite perfume or essential oil on a cotton ball and suck it up in the vacuum…it freshens the vacuum and the room.

  12. TJ Brown-Armstrong says:

    Essential oils can be used on a bit of gauze tucked into heating/cooling register corner to spread the aroma. The true oils can be added by dropper to melted candles that have lost their aroma. They can also be added to refill the bottles of your plug in wicked types with water for a safer refill without the VOCS. Use an old fashioned bottle opener to pop the lid, tough but do-able.

  13. Carolyn says:

    I like to put a few drops of my favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and then vacuum it up (bagless vacuum) … as I vacuum, the scent is released throughout our home.

  14. Krystal Thornton says:

    Put baking soda in a mason jar. Pop holes in the lid and put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the baking soda. Randomly shake and it smells the whole room. You can even sprinkle it on fabrics and carpets and vaccum up!! It lasts FOREVER!!! I read it some where I can’t take the credit for it!

  15. Michelle Hamilton says:

    I have two recommendations for frugal fresheners…

    DIY Air Freshener Spray

    1 clean Spray bottle
    15-20 drops of Essential oil (combine fragrances of choice, if you like)
    Distilled water

    Fill your spray bottle with distilled water (a gal of this is about a dollar at most big box stores) or boil some water to fill the spray bottle. Add the essential oil drops to the water and shake. Spray the air with is cheap but fragrant air freshener and enjoy.

    DIY Air Freshener

    Fragrant Oil (the kind you burn in an oil burner) from the dollar store
    Wooden Skewers
    A cute (clean and empty) decorative bottle with a long neck

    Pour oil into the bottle and insert the wooden skewers in the bottle, but make sure that they stick out of the bottle. Tie a cute ribbon around it and enjoy the aroma! Frugal, simple and fresh!!!

  16. Johanna says:

    How about where someone smokes (a lot)? I have a friend that we try to help out, who has had a stroke. The house needs something bad. He already ha an air purifier ( not a lot of help).

    • Carrie says:

      No matter what I tried, when we used to smoke, nothing could get the odor out. I washed walls and carpets when we were getting ready to sell our home and potential buyers still picked it up. I read somewhere that running an ionizer in your home worked, and when I mentioned it to a neighbor, she happened to have one. Two days and our house smelled like new construction. You can even set half an onion next to it and the next day the onion smells like NOTHING. I think you can rent them at Ace Rent-All.

      • jessica says:

        i am a smoker and the nonsmoking visitors cant ever smell it in my home. i still feel paranoid about it. my only idea on why it doesn’t permeate my house is, i only smoke in one room where there is an exhaust fan running all the time. after each cigarette i squirt one spray of Ozium (found in the auto dept.)

      • Ruth Ann says:

        The Fire Department told us to open bags of cheap charcoal and place around an apartment that had fire/smoke damage… this also works for your smoking smells. We had an apartment once, that a resident had smoked in, and we tried this… took care of the smell.

    • Tabitha says:

      I’m actually highly allergic to smoke. When I moved back into a rental where the renter’s had smoked in. I found they make a primer for the walls. I washed all the walls with TSP and removed the carpets. Refinished the floors myself and then primed the entire house with the special primer.

      My friends that smelled the before and after were amazed. It was tough work.. But I could breathe in it without needing my inhaler!

  17. Donna says:

    Shaving cream – is a miracle cleaner for spots on upholstery and carpets. I use the cheapest brand like barbasol. Works great everytime and smells wonderful in a room. I’ve even used it for spot cleaning clothing as well. It won;t harm anything and is much cheaper than the oil based commercial cleaners. It also cleans tile like crazy.

    • Lisa says:

      Can you use the shaving cream on microfiber upholstery? My daughter-in-law changed my granddaughter’s runny diaper on my sofa and now I have a watermark on my sofa where it was wiped with a damp cloth.

      • Michelle says:

        Scrub the water-mark spot on the couch with hydrogen peroxide. I use that all over my microfiber couch. It evaporates faster than water so it doesn’t tend to leave a water mark. Spray some on so it’s wet (not soaking), and then scrub. I like to use a microfiber cloth!

    • Veronica says:

      How did you use the shaving cream on spots to get the spots out? Anything special other than applying and wiping?

  18. Lo Klose says:

    Put a drop of two of essential oil on the cardboard tube of a new roll of toilet paper.

  19. Margaret says:

    I use ground coffee (the coffee pot kind) it absorbs odors really well. I simply put the coffee in containers and sit them around the house.

  20. Amanda says:

    It’s funny, right before I got on the computer I made some air and fabric freshener. My 5 year old loves to spray the carpet and the furniture with it. I just use about 3/4 cup of water and add 20 or so drops on essential oil. Sometimes I mix them up or just use one. Today my son picked lemon and tangerine, so that’s what we did. It smells great. good quality essential oils can really go a long way and the smell lasts longer than the cheaper ones.
    I’ll have to try the rosemary oil one from another poster. I love that smell!

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