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Homemade air freshener: A frugal way to add clean fragrance to any room

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Air fresheners are made and sold by an array of companies and manufacturers. Their products are sold in solid gels, powder form and aerosol cans for a cost. This cost keeps rising every year while still providing the consumer the same amount of product.

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When using air fresheners often in your home it can get costly to add a clean, refreshing scent to a room or eliminate an offensive odor that we prefer doesn’t linger around.

Now you can use an air freshener in your home and be frugal about how you spend your hard earned money. Making homemade air fresheners is easy to do, cost very little and is just as effective as the costly ones purchased in stores.

How do you make homemade air fresheners?

It’s easy, just follow the steps below to make one or many and your home will smell lovely all the time using this frugal and greener way of adding fresh scents to the air in your home.


  • Pint-sized canning jar
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 6-8 drops of scented essential oil


  1. Add the baking soda into a clean and dry canning jar.
  2. Use a dropper to add the scented essential oil.
  3. Take an awl or hammer and nail and tap 8-10 holes in the metal canning seal.
  4. Screw on the lid and place the homemade air freshener in the room of your choice.
  5. The aroma will be wafting through your home in no time at all.
  6. Enjoy!


  • Some canning jars are now made with a decorative design. These designer jars may be more attractive if placed in areas visible to guests.
  • For areas in the home that aren’t visible to everyone such as a closet re-use a baby food jar or glass food jar that is washed well and dry that also has a metal lid.
  • Organize a play date with your children and have them paint the glass jars you’ve saved. Once their designs are dry add the ingredients for a few special homemade air fresheners to set about the house.

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