PIN: Making your own Air Freshener with Baking Soda

This was a simple DIY Air Freshener pin so I figured it would work. You use a 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda and put in some essential oils. Place in a glass container and put in room.

Haha! I goofed it up! I got a little too creative genius and tried to do a combination of scents. Two turned out okay and a third was horrid! Well it was only baking soda so no harm, but to my nose, was done.

Personal recommendations –

Don’t combine essential oils. One scent works best.

Works best in a small room like a bathroom or close to something you want to deodorize like the kitchen sink or stove.

Keep one for congestion and allergies close to the bed to sniff deeply before going to sleep if you want to clear out your nose.

Smells are also linked to memories. You may have specific smells you have traditionally found pleasant. For example, my favorites are Peppermint, Wintergreen, Pine, and the citrus family.

I’d try 5 drops, seal the jar, shake and let sit overnight to let it set up. Open and if it is not as intense as you like, add 5 more. More then 10 drops is pretty eye watering.

Essential oils should be stored in a dark bottle in a cool place. If using an eyedropper to transfer your oil to the baking soda don’t mix eyedroppers between scents. Keep one eyedropper per essential oil. Mixing will contaminate your original essential oil bottle.

Plan on changing out weekly as baking soda absorbs and has a limited life span once opened. In the trial they 3-4 days before losing power. If it doesn’t give off the smell or has a flat smell, don’t replenish it with more Essential Oil, dump it, and put in fresh baking soda and re-scent.

Some ONE scent per jar, Essential Oils to try:

Eucalyptus – clears nasal passages, for colds, cleansing, purifying and invigorating.

Lavender – stress, relaxation, allergies, menstrual cramps, balancing, soothing, and healing.

Lemon – works against depression, uplifting and cheerful.

Peppermint – clears breathing, for colds, headache, nausea, menstrual cramps, vitalizing, refreshing, and cooling.

Pine – often used in household deodorizers, refreshing. Also a seasonal smell for winter holidays.

Wintergreen – allergies, breathing. headache, refreshing and bracing.

Choose a smell that fits the room. For nighttime relaxation you might want to try Lavender over Peppermint. For the bathroom you might want to try Peppermint or Lemon. And when you are feeling congested, check out Wintergreen or Eucalyptus.

Want to explore more? Check out this list of Essential Oils for a comprehensive list.

Future Application: While it was cheap to make, the scent really didn’t last very long. I think the benefits would be the cost being low, customizing with your own jar, and being able to custom scent. However, I do think a commercial room freshener product lasts longer and has more power.