True nobody likes a stinky home, but odour/smell in itself majorly comes from when things age. Say maybe an old curtain, rug, even the trash can that spends a few days more than expected. However, we shouldn’t be discouraged by this fact, instead we should fight back with a weapon of our own. This brings us to the use of air fresheners to not only remove the odour, but make the home smell nicer too.
Air fresheners can come in different forms these days, from our conventional liquid (water or alcohol) forms, to the solid forms, jelly, or even powdered. Sources of air fresheners can be completely natural (organic), synthetic (synthetic) or a mixture of both. In this guide we’ll be looking at a variety of ways we can bring those lovely scents to our home.
General Materials for Making Air Fresheners
Well before carrying out any sort of DIY you’ll probably need a few materials in place to help with whatever you’re going to do. For air fresheners the case isn’t different, below is a list of general materials that you should have before even thinking of getting other key ingredients for your desired type of air freshener.
- Mixing containers – well the name pretty much explains itself, you may need more than one bowl or container though.
- Delivery container – well this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise right. Your finished product should a means of delivery, if it’s a liquid based air freshener, you would want to go for a spray bottle, for a jelly based air freshener a mason jar or any other storage jar would be nice, for powdered forms, little storage jars will do just fine.
- Distilled/Deionized water – for necessary dilution of your mixture before putting in the delivery container. If you dint have distilled water, you can as well use boiled water or something canned – any source of water with the least amount of micro-organisms will do.
- Essential oils/fragrance – well this is a no brainer, this is where the pleasant smell that you like about air fresheners comes from. The uniqueness of every air freshener is mainly dependent on the type(s) of fragrance used. Try mixing those fragrances at your disposal with a little creativity.
- Measurement spoon – we don’t want to go mixing randomly so having a measuring cup and/or spoon is very important.
- Turning stick – turning your chemical mixture shouldn’t be done with the hands obviously. You’re going to need either a glass, wooden or rubber stick. Sometimes you may have to shake mixture with yourself, depending on how it’s supposed to be mixed.
- Hand gloves – we are going to be working with chemicals, though not entirely dangerous to the skin, its good practice to use hand gloves when handling chemicals.
- Dye (colouring agent) – well this is totally optional, it’s actually done to give your liquid a fancy look, it doesn’t add much to the overall scent of your air freshener. If you must use dyes, make sure they are nontoxic – air fresheners is to drive bacteria and bring lovely scents, not to endanger our health.
- Funnel – this too is completely optional, it basically depends on the size of your container’s orifice, and how steady your hands can be.
Well now we have a list of the general materials used in air freshener making, let’s dive into how to make some types of air fresheners.
How to Make Regular Liquid Air Fresheners.
Now this is the type we see most times in the janitorial/cleaning isle of supermarkets. Making them isn’t so complex after all, so let’s get to it:
Step 1: First thing is to know the ratio in which your key ingredients will be mixed. I decided to use ratios in this because I don’t really know the amount you would want to try out first, nor do I know the amount of ingredients at your disposal. The ratio of solvent (water/alcohol), fragrance, and foaming agent should be “100:10:1”. Hence if you’re using 1000ml of water (1 litre), you should need only 100ml of fragrance, and 10ml of sodium Lauryl sulphate (hydrogen sulphate)
Step 2: Measure your solvent into a bowl (preferably water), then ass your hydrogen sulphate as in the ratio is above.
Step 3: Add sodium hydroxide for neutralization, stir thoroughly till the sodium hydroxide is completely dissolved. Sodium hydroxide is locally called caustic soda, you can get it on your local chemical/cleaning store.
Step 4: Add little amount of formalin to the mix to serve as disinfectant.
Step 5: This is the time to add your fragrance oil(s). Popular air fresheners use lavender, lemon, or jasmine as fragrance notes, but you can try other notes – be creative.
Step 6: Stir carefully for about 5 minutes, then add glycerine to preserve the scent of your fragrance.
Step 7: Check your solution if dilution is required. Further dilute (if necessary), if you planned on using dye, this is where you add it, then continue stirring for some minutes.
Step 8: allow the mixture to settle down for about 20 hours in a dark, and dry place, then pour into your delivery container.
All done! Now you know how most commercial air fresheners are made. However, you could agree that it takes quit long and a lot of ingredients to produce an air freshener of that type when it’s probably for family use only. Well that can be arranged, there‘s a couple of methods you could use to make your own air freshener within minutes, and you wouldn’t have to spend much too.
How to Make Air Freshener with Fabric Softener
Well you’ll agree with me that fabric softeners can make your house smell good, so let’s look at how to make one in minutes.
- Take a table spoon of sodium bi carbonate (baking soda), and pour in a container.
- Pour in two cups of warm water, and shake vigorously till you notice all the baking soda dissolved.
- Add 15 drops of your choice fragrance (maybe more depending on your preference).
- Shake again, then pour into your spray bottle/delivery container.
That’s it, you’re done! Wasn’t as lengthy as the first process right. A cool thing about this type of air freshener is the fact that it’s nontoxic, and completely safe to use so you can spray on anywhere even when the kids are around.
How to Make Air Freshener Gel
Well the process is quite simple, perhaps one of the simplest type of air fresheners you can learn to make. Let’s get to it then:
Dissolve two packs of gelatine, and a tablespoon of salt in warm water
- Add 25 – 30 drops of your desired fragrance, and stir till you notice your mixture starting to solidify.
- Pour your gel into a container with a wide orifice (a mason jar would do), and you’re done.
This type of air fresheners can save you some cash, because it can last longer and can be used on pretty much anywhere in the house.
How to Make an Odour Absorber
The jobs of air fresheners is to neutralize bad odours, while replacing it with a pleasant small. However you can agree that some parts of the house needs tougher hands. A normal spray air freshener wouldn’t last as long as a dour absorber would when applied to the waste bin or the bathroom. So that’s where this kind of air freshener comes in.
- Get a little/flat mason jar with its cover.
- Measure some baking soda (1/2 cup will be okay)
- Add 15-230 drops of your choice fragrance
- Get a paper, and cut out the size, and shape of the jar’s lid.
- Place the cut paper into the jar’s lid, Cover the jar, and shake gently
- Open the jar, and poke some holes on the paper– that’s it your odour absorber is ready.
With all these methods explained above, it’s important to let us know that the most natural way to remove odour is by cleaning the source, and exposing it to open air. This is actually very effective if you have some trees, or flowers planted on your compound