Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DIY Room Freshener Spray

A non- toxic way to freshen your room and fabrics via: How To Just About Anything


     If you like this post check out my 2 minute laundry detergent or this post on how to make a citrus splash all purpose cleaner in less than 5 minutes.

     We all have those stinky moments in life. You know, like when you're spouse leaves the bathroom and also leaves something not so pleasant behind wafting in the air. Then there's stinky gym bags, furniture that's had a thing too many spilled on it and ripe diaper pails to name a few. 

   I didn't use to think twice about using conventional room and fabric sprays like Glad and Febreze. But look at the warnings just on the Glad Apple Cinnamon air freshener spray.

"Avoid breathing vapor, mist or gas."
"Do not use without adequate ventilation."
" Avoid contact with skin eyes and clothing."
If inhaled, "remove to fresh air" 
"Wear personal protective equipment" and do not "release to the environment" 
- J&J material safety data sheet

     Given that you're likely releasing this into the environment, without adequate ventilation, like your bathroom, and you're probably using it for the purpose of smelling it (duh), this seems crazy!

     So of course, like many other things, you can make your amazing spray that not only gets rid of those stinky odors, but can also calm your nerves, wake you up, or stimulate your brain.

Essential Oils

     Essential oils are wonderful things with many different uses. By using them in a room freshener spray you benefit from their aromatherapy properties too.
  • Make a lavender spray to mist your pillows for dreamy sleep.
  • Vetiver and frankinsense have been shown to enhance memory function and even help with ADD and children's behavior. (kids bedrooms anyone?)
  • Peppermint isn't just refreshing, but stimulates concentration and mental sharpness.
     There are many places to buy essential oils, but I would recommend to NOT buy the cheapest oils you find! They're cheap for a reason. They can be contaminated with chemicals or thinned with a cheap carrier oil. I buy my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and doTERRA because they're effective and high quality. Read more about why I chose doTERRA here.

Make It!

  • 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol (witch hazel or vodka can be substituted)
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice (I used 15 drops bergamot,5 drops each cedarwood and orange) I buy mine here and here.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 8 oz Spray bottle 
  1. Pour the rubbing alcohol into the bottle. Add the essential oils and gently swirl to disperse.
  2. Add the baking soda and fill the bottle the rest of the way with purified water.
  3. Gently shake until the baking soda has dissolved.
*Note- Some readers didn't like the idea of using rubbing alcohol. It could be omitted, but essential oils don't dissolve in just water, they sit on top. Witch hazel or vodka can be substituted for the rubbing alcohol if you prefer.

Shared at: Being Frugal by Choice, Cheap by necessity



  1. Looking forward to making this! I love a scented room…just not one scented with chemicals!

    1. You might want to avoid this then. You would want to spray H₂O+NaHCO₃+C₃H₈O+whatever the chemical make up of your essential oil is.

  2. Anna- It IS a common misconception that all chemicals are lab manufactured and potentially toxic. The term "chemical free" though has come to mean free of toxic and potentially hazardous chemicals, despite the fact that all substances, including water are made up of chemical components.

  3. And plus she obviously means synthetic chemical that have already been identified carcinogenic in isolation. This industry is poorly regulated and we as parents should research what we use with our kids. There's no need to be a smarty pants. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I had found a 'recipe' calling for just oils, baking soda, and water. Sprinkle oils on baking soda, sit awhile, then mix in spray bottle with water. I made it, it works, and after sitting a week, I just had to shake it up as it had cloudy appearance from settling I guess. It still works and smells good.

    1. The last time I made the spray I used just the oils, baking soda and water too. However, essential oils will NOT mix in water, they sit on top. So despite shaking the bottle before you use it, the oil won't evenly disperse. The oil will however disperse in soap, oil and alcohol. I've just found this recipe to be more evenly fragrant each time I use it.

  5. This is a must for our household. Hubby has COPD and can not tolerate all the nice candle or deodorizers.

  6. Thank you for this wonderful post. I have been looking for something safe to use on my furniture and around my asthmatic grand-daughter. I will get the ingredients I need and give it a try

  7. Great information! Essential Oils have soooo many benefits!! I have just started learning about all they can do, and I am trying to find new things daily to add them in.. so far toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, fabric spray, soap, dish detergent.... in my tea, water, in my diffuser, on my feet... oh the list goes on! I have found the highest grade Oils on the market and you can take them internally! the ones in the heath food store say not to ingest?! Go check out:

  8. I always use zoflora and just tap water. Works great!

    1. This recipe avoids using toxins, as essential oils are simply plant extracts. Zoflora, as far as I can tell contains ethanol, benzalkonium chloride, methanol, concentrated perfume compound, limonene and other undisclosed ingredients. Even though this product would work well, I'm not so sure these are safe to spray in the air.

  9. You can also use a pinch of Epsom Salt in place of the rubbing alcohol to help the oils mix with the water. Works beautifully.

  10. Can I use cooking extracts instead of essential oils?
    Thanks Jamie <3
    ~Sharon M.

    1. It might work. You'll have to check the ingredients list. If it's just alcohol and the extract then it should work, you would just need a lot more. Probably 1-3 tsp.

    2. Alright, thanks! I'll let you know how it works :)

    3. We just mixed up a batch with orange extract. I skipped the rubbing alcohol because alcohol was already in the extract, along with the orange oil. I ended up using about 5 teaspoons of orange extract. It smells so nice! It's not as potent as Fabreeze, but it's so much cheaper, and better for us! Thank you so much! I think I'll try lemon extract next time for variety.