Natural DIY Air Freshener Recipes

DIY Natural Air Freshener

Do you like your home to smell nice and fresh?

What if you could create your own ‘natural’ air fresheners using herbs, fruit and spices instead of spraying artificial scents into the air?  There are countless products on the market that claim to freshen up the air in your house.  But often, their fragrances are overpowering, artificial smelling and expensive.

Imagine if your home could have the natural fragrance of citrus paired with your favorite herbs.  Their fragrance is refreshing and not over-powering.  Better yet, they are easy to create with items you may already have in your own kitchen.

Releasing the fragrance is done by adding the contents of your natural air fresheners with enough water to fill a small pot at least 1/2 – 3/4 full.  Heat to boiling and then turn down to low and allow it to simmer.  That’s it!

You can make up one air freshener at a time, or make a few and freeze them until ready to use.  They will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.  Your natural air freshener can also be frozen – just make sure to freeze it in a freezer-safe container such as a wide-mouth jar, like I have.

There are many different fragrant combinations.  Here are a few of my favorites:

DIY Natural Air Freshener

Lime with fresh thyme, mint and vanilla. For this natural air freshener, I cut some fresh thyme and mint from my garden and added a lime that I had sliced.  I then added a teaspoon of vanilla extract and filled the rest with water.

That’s all there is to it.  I told you it was easy to make DIY air fresheners from natural ingredients!

Here are some other ideas:

DIY Natural Air Freshener

Basil, peppercorns and lemon. This combination reminds me of my childhood in Southern California where we had a large lemon tree.  The basil came from my home garden, the lemon from the grocery store and the peppercorns from my pantry.

DIY Natural Air Freshener

These natural air fresheners aren’t just fragrant, they look great in jars, don’t you think?

DIY Natural Air Freshener

Orange and vanilla. I love this combination because it takes only two ingredients AND it smells like orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream mixed together, which was my favorite ice cream flavor as a child. To create this, simply add a few slices of an orange and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can add whole cloves and cinnamon sticks to spice the orange and vanilla, if you like.

DIY Natural Air Freshener

As you can see, making your own natural DIY air fresheners is easy to do.  In addition to the fragrant combinations that I have made, you can have fun and create your own combinations. In addition to the ingredients that I have used, here are some others that you can experiment with to create your own unique natural air freshener: citrus peels, apple peels, almond extract, peppermint extract, coconut extract, ginger, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, whole cloves, bay leaves, basil, sage, lavender, oregano and rosemary.

What combinations would you like to make?

    • Noelle says

      Hi Darlene,

      Thank you for your comment. As long as you simmer the fruit and throw out the mixture after a few hours – fruit flies shouldn’t be a problem.


  1. Barb Y says

    If you take apple cider vinegar, mixed with a little dish soap, and a bit of water to make a foamy top, fruit flies are attracted to that and die. Read that online.

  2. Pam says

    How much of each ingredient is used for each jar? I would love to do this as a project for a winter garden club meeting. Thanks!!

    • Noelle says

      Hi Pam,

      What a wonderful idea! For all the air fresheners, below, fill the jars with the ingredients and then add water to the top.

      I used small jam jars. For the lime with fresh thyme, mint and vanilla: add 4 thin slices of lime, 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, 2 sprigs of fresh mint (or 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract) and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Fill the jars with the ingredients and then add water to the top.

      Basil, peppercorns and lemon: add 4 thin slices lemon, 6 – 7 fresh basil leaves and a teaspoon of black peppercorns.

      Orange and vanilla: add 4 slices of an orange and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. *You can add 2 – 3 cinnamon sticks of a few whole cloves to this mixture if you like.

      Williams Sonoma mix: add 3-4 lemon slices, 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

      I hope your winter garden club enjoys making these air fresheners!


  3. Mary says

    Are the mason jars in the pictures filled with hot liquid? Or do you put all the ingredients in the jars, freeze them, then heat the mixture up later. Or do you put the ingredients in and then just set them out on the table?


    • Noelle says

      Hi Mary,

      I fill them with room temperature water. If using them right away, I pour the contents into a small saucepan and heat over low heat to release the fragrance. For frozen ones, I let them come to room temperature before adding to the saucepan.

      Hope you try this. It will make your home smell wonderful!


  4. says

    I was wondering if these would be a good gift to give … how long do they last if you make up several to give away? Assuming that I would make them several days before the holidays, will they last long after they are received?

    • Phyllis Green says

      I also would like to know how long before you give them away can you make them.? Could you freeze them, then wrap them somehow to package them?

      • Noelle says

        Hello Phyllis,

        You could give them to people the same day or even the next as long as you keep them tightly sealed and refrigerated. Let the recipient know that they have to use it with a day or two or freeze without the lid on, because ice expands.

        This would be a thoughtful gift!


  5. says

    I place 3-4 short cinnamon sticks in a shallow pan of water on my stove. When I remove a hot pot from the burner I turn it off and then place the cinnamon pan on that burner. As the burner cools the water heats and the cinnamon scent fills the air. I use the same sticks for many weeks until there is no more scent, but I refill with water when it gets low.

  6. says

    I have never tried this combination of orange and vanilla. It sounds amazingly delicious! Next weekend is my fall cleaning. I will put your air freshener in my “to do” list! Thank you for sharing such an useful recipe! Best regards!


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