It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, my house invariably gets that been-closed-up-too-long smell in the air. Sure there’s the scent of clean laundry and, heaven help me, the overwhelming aroma of my daughter’s collection of body sprays; but I can just tell when the windows haven’t been opened up in a while.
Now, I don’t know where you’re reading this from, but here in Texas, there’s about two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall that are perfect for open windows. Other than that, you’re out of luck. Many of us turn to air fresheners when guests come over. and isn’t it nice to have a little something tucked into the corner of the guest bathroom just in case? But, most commercial air fresheners have chemicals in them that we probably shouldn’t be inhaling. So here are a few ideas for combating those not-so-pleasant household smells.
Homemade Gel Air Fresheners
This is such a cute idea. Grab a small jelly or baby food jar, some plain gelatin, essential oil, and water to make a gel air freshener in no time. Simply combine two envelopes of unflavored gelatin with a half a cup of hot water in a bowl. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Then add eight to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and a few drops of the food coloring hue of your choice. Finish by stirring in a half a cup of ice water and then pour into the jar (or a few jars if you’re making a whole batch). Leave the jar out on the counter to cool, and voila!
Vegan Container Air Fresheners
If you like the idea of having an air freshener that sits out on your countertop, but you’re opposed to the use of gelatin, try this baking soda alternative. Combine a half a cup of baking soda with eight to 10 drops of essential oil in an eight ounce Mason jar. Either punch holes in the Mason jar lid or line the top of the jar with decorative paper and screw the Mason ring on over it. Poke tiny holes in the paper with a needle and you have a vegan equivalent to the gel fresheners mentioned above.
For a quick but potent fix, boil sliced fruit and herbs on the stove for a couple of hours before guests arrive for a visit. Some of my favorite scent combinations are lemon and rosemary, grapefruit and lavender, and orange and vanilla. You can change the scents up with the season, too. I can only imagine how amazing orange and clove would smell around Christmas.