4 DIY Deodorizer and Air Freshener Hacks

A house smelling funky the minute you walk in the door is not a place you want to go home to nor a place you wish for your friends and family to visit. There are several reasons why a house would smell yucky or funky – it could be from natural gas, septic gas, fungus or, mold.

If you happen to smell these unwanted odors in your home, your natural extinct would be to spray a commercial air freshener or light a scented candle. These steps might be helpful; however, these are just temporary solutions. These solutions will only cover up the stench but not solve the problem. So, while you are getting to the root of the stench problem, instead of using commercial air freshener, why not make your own. It would just be as effective as those produced commercially.

1. DIY Deodorizer Spray for Home and Furniture

Take note of this easy and safe to use deodorizer recipe. You can spritz it in the air or spray it directly to a smelly couch, making your home smelling nice and clean. Please note to use only natural essential oils and not those synthetic ones.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (choose scents you like)
  • Distilled water


First, mix the baking soda and essential oil thoroughly. Then using a funnel, add the mixture to an 8-12-ounce spray bottle. Lastly, add the distilled water and shake well. And, it’s ready to use.

2. DIY Air Fresheners

Home Fresheners

You don’t have to buy expensive air fresheners for your home since you can easily make them using common ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

What You Need

  • any cut fruit like oranges and lemons
  • any spices, extract, or herbs like cinnamon, rosemary, or cloves


On a medium pot or a small crockpot, add all ingredients, add water and fill about half of the pot. With the lid closed, bring the mixture to a boil then, reduce the heat to low and simmer once it reaches the boiling point. Take the lid off and simmer it all day. Periodically check the water level and add as needed to prevent ingredients from burning.

When you have enough of the scent, let the liquid cool down, then put it in a jar to refrigerate. You can re-use for a few more times but, don’t stock them too long since these natural air fresheners don’t have much shelf life.

You can also try these different recipes from other bloggers:

From Melissa of cleanmyspace.com

Fall Wonderland
1 sliced orange
5 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons of whole cloves

Orange Amaretto
1 sliced orange
1 tablespoon almond extract

Sweet Mint
2 sliced limes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

5 ¼ inch slices of ginger
1 tablespoon almond extract
3 cinnamon sticks

Cordon Bleu
1 lemon
1 tablespoon of peppermint extract
4 sprigs of rosemary

Orange Creamsicle
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 sliced orange

Italian Backyard
1 lemon
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
handful of basil

Blueberry Tea
Bergamot tea
1 sliced orange
1 teaspoon almond extract

Cedar twigs

Regal Cream
Bergamot tea (Earl Grey)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coconut Bay
1 tablespoon coconut extract
1 sliced lime

From Katie of diynatural.com

½ cup lavender petals
½ cup dried rose petals
1 sprig of rosemary

Apple Pie
2 apples, peeled
cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Holiday Spice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
½ cup whole star anise

From Lily of instrupix.com

Coffee Cake
2-4 cinnamon sticks
1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup leftover coffee grounds

2 limes, sliced
3-4 sprigs of thyme
A handful of mint or ½ teaspoon mint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3-5 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced
1-2 sprigs of rosemary
1 tablespoon cloves
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 teaspoon nutmeg

Car Freshener

You can also make a car freshener out of baking soda and essential oils. This air freshener is not only beneficial for your car but, you can also put them in the bathroom, closets, or anywhere in the house. Follow the steps below:

What You Need

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 4-6 drops of essential oil


Mix these two ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. Poke holes in the lid using a nail and hammer, or you can use a glass cheese shaker. You can also use a mason-type jar, cover it with some fabric like burlap and secure it with a ring lid. Every few weeks, or when you no longer smell the scent from the air freshener, add 4-6 drops of essential oil to refresh.

Freshener Gel

Here’s another way of enjoying a DIY air freshener at home minus the mess. This air freshener is in gel form, so you don’t have to worry about it spilling whenever your kids play in the house.

What You Need

  • 20 drops of essential oil (choose your scent)
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 4 packets of plain, unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup of water
  • empty glass food jars with screw-on lids


Boil 1 cup of water then, remove it from heat and gently stir in the essential oil and salt. Add the gelatin while continuously stirring the mixture. Once the gelatin is dissolved, slowly stir in 1 cup of cold water. Please note not to stir the mixture vigorously as it may create a cloudy gel.

Carefully pour the gelatin mixture into each jar that is placed on a cookie sheet. Let it sit for 2-3 days to set up, so make sure to put them in an area where there is less movement so that they won’t be bumped or messed. You may find the smell of the freshener very strong; this is normal and will mellow out once the lids are on.

Using a nail and hammer, poke 5-6 holes in the lid of the freshener you want to use. For those glasses, you will be storing, leave them without holes to keep their fragrance intact. Use until the gel filling has become dry and shriveled.

For a colorful gel freshener, add food coloring to the boiling water, oil, and salt mixture or just before you sprinkle the gelatin. Just make sure that the food coloring has dissolved into the mixture before adding the gelatin.

Carpet Freshener

This natural and non-toxic recipe for cleaning stinky carpets is easy to make and affordable. The ingredients are staples in our kitchen. You wouldn’t need to purchase an expensive carpet cleaning solution or hire a carpet cleaner with this recipe.

What You Need

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


Combine these two ingredients and mix well. Then, put the mixed ingredients in a shaker – if you have an empty, clean parmesan cheese dispenser, that will do. On your carpet, sprinkle the mixture and let it stand for 30-60 minutes. Vacuum the carpet, and you will find them clean and fresh.

3. DIY Shoe Deodorizing Spray

In your life, were you ever in a situation where your house smells of stinky shoes? I know I’ve been. It’s a problem that happens just about in every household. You can buy a shoe deodorizing spray to solve this problem, but how about making it your own.

What You Need

  • 2 teaspoons essential oil (use thyme or tea tree oil)
  • 2 cups of water


Mix the two ingredients thoroughly, then add to a spray bottle. Spray the mixture to the shoes and allow them to dry before wearing completely. And, you will never have a problem with stinky shoe smell house.

4. DIY Pet Spray

We love our dogs dearly; however, some dogs have pungent body odor. So, we have checked the Internet world and found these different recipes.

From Stephanie Rose of gardentherapy.ca

What You Need

  • Essential oil
  • Pure witch hazel
  • water
  • Spray bottle

For the essential oil, you can use any of the following:

  • Lavender – deters ticks
  • Eucalyptus – prevents ticks and fleas
  • Citronella, tea tree, peppermint and, rosemary – deters fleas
  • Lemon eucalyptus – deters mosquitoes


Slowly fill the spray bottle with ¼ witch hazel and ¾ water then, add five drops of essential oil. You can add more drops of essential oil but, make sure that the scent is not too strong as your dog probably won’t like it.

Once you’re done, spray the mixture to your dog’s fur, bed, toys, clothes, and anywhere else that smells.

From Martha Stewart of marthastewart.com

What You Need

  • Spray bottle
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon fractioned coconut oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops sweet orange essential oil


Fill the spray bottle with a distilled water. Then, add the glycerin, fractioned coconut oil, lavender, and orange essential oil to the spray bottle. Shake it well to combine the ingredients.


Creating your home deodorizer and air freshener is economical, and you are guaranteed that the ingredients used are safe. Most deodorizers and air fresheners in the market are expensive, and some cheap ones may not have the best ingredients.

Also, you can start a little business out of this – you can earn while you learn. For other ways of getting rid of kitchen odors, you can check 7 Efficient Ways to Get Rid of Kitchen Odors.

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