Store bought air fresheners may smell great but they’re not very cost-effective or environment friendly. Instead of shopping to find ways to make my house smell great I choose to make my own home air fresheners. One of my absolute favorite infusions is orange with clove. It’s bold and crisp and just sets me up to have a great day! There are so many infusion possibilities, but this compilation is of my top 10 favorites.
What’s really great about these DIY Home Air Freshener recipes is that they use stuff found in most homes already. It’s also nice that spices can be mixed and matched to make your own signature aroma. Just because the orange & clove simmer is my favorite doesn’t mean it will be yours. Feel free to add and subtract as you see fit.
Here’s how to make DIY Home Air Freshener
You’ll be making all of these infusions the same, so I’m just using the orange and clove as a base example. Scroll down to see even more great infusion ideas.
First things first, you need something to cook in. This can be a small, old saucepan, a small simmer pot or an old potpourri warmer. Whatever you can scrounge up, no need to go out and buy something just for this.
Now let’s gather the ingredients for our DIY home air freshener. To make the orange & clove simmer we’ll need 3 – 5 oranges, about 1 tablespoon of cloves (whole or ground – up to you) and 1/2 cup of water to start with.
First peel the oranges, eating or reserving the fruit. Then carefully bend and ply the peels to get those juices flowing.
*We don’t want them spraying everywhere, just loosening them up.
Drop them into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the cloves on top and cover with the water.
Set the heat to medium and wait for the aroma to start filling the room. Once you can smell the orange and clove infusion it’s time to
a.) reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer
– or –
b.) transfer the mixture to another vessel like a simmer pot or potpourri warmer
Whichever method you choose be sure to keep the water level at least 1/4 inch – we don’t want to burn the ingredients or the pot!
Now here are 9 more aroma infusions for you to try!
- 4 Strawberries (sliced) + 1 Banana peel + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Cinnamon sticks + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1 Bay Leaf + 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 lemon peels + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 orange peel
- 1 Bay Leaf + 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 lemon peels + 2 teaspoons raspberry extract
- 6 apple slices + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Leftover pineapple + 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice + 2 lemon peels