How do you freshen your home? Room sprays, air freshers? Gels, solid, plug ins, heated oils, sprays, potpourri etc., I’ve used them all!
According to a research study of approx. 24,000 adults, 73.9% of them use air freshener sprays and room deodorizers.
According to the EPA, the 4 most common ingredients in air fresheners are formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dichlorobenzene, and aerosol propellants. Did you know that the ingredient “fragrance” can represent upwards of 300 chemicals? And they are not required to list them. I don’t want my family breathing all of those toxins!
I could choose not the use any sprays or fresheners at all. But with a hubby, son, multiple cats and their litter boxes, not to mention various cooking experiments I often try, I want something to help freshen the air, without harming our lungs.
My solution … DIY gel air fresheners.
4 cups of water divided (2 boiled, 2 ice cold)
8 Packets unflavored gelatin (affiliate link)
or 8 Tablespoons if you buy it in a canister (affiliate link)
Salt (couple of large pinches, probably about 2 Tablespoons)
Essential Oil (get them here) (affiliate link)
6 Mason jars or equivalent glass containers (affiliate link)
Gather your supplies:
Boil 2 cups of water
Empty the gelatin packets into the small bowl. Don’t try to empty them over the pot of boiling water. The gelatin will stick to the packet and not pour.
Pour all of the gelatin into the bowling water and whisk until dissolved. Be sure to turn the heat down and stir constantly. It will dissolve quickly.
Add salt, whisk until dissolved.
Add ice water and whisk well.
Place metal spoon into the glass jar and fill just below lower rim. The spoon will prevent the glass from breaking while pouring the hot contents into teh jar.
Let cool for approx 1-2 minutes before adding oil.
For this batch, I chose Thieves Essential Oil. (affiliate link)
Add approx. 5 drops of essential oil of your choice to each jar.
Mix with spoon.
Try not to mix aggressively or you will have bubbles.
Allow to set, could take up to 24 hours. This batch took about 2 hours to set.
Place in a small room, bathroom, closet, near shoes etc.
These should last 2-3 weeks depending upon heat and humidity levels.
Discard once cracked and hard like plastic. Reuse jar for your next batch.
Non-toxic, no wasteful plastic or aerosol spray cans to throw away. But most important, no toxic chemicals to breath!
You can add food coloring to the mixture. Some people add decorative items to the gel after it has slightly cooled and began to set. I have not tried this and prefer to leave mine in natural state. I’d love to hear how you modify and if you add anything to yours. I’d love to see a picture as well 🙂
Interested in learning more about essential Oils? I teach a free, Essential Oils 101: The Basics Class, here in Virginia, USA
Not local? I am working on an online, email class … coming soon! Send me a message to be put on the list.
Ready to explore more? Obtain a kit here. (affiliate link)