Natural Essential Oil Air Freshener Recipe

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This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

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My husband would call my sense of smell “super nose” and although there’s no scientific research on my ability to smell, I might agree with him. So when things smell funky, I notice them and he does not. Well, my car smells funky too often. It’s probably because I take our dog with us in the morning for drop off at school and day care and when I pick up at the end of the day. Then you add two kids, who eat, drink, spill things, drop food, are sweaty from their day, and me to the mix, and funk happens.

My method is to clean out the funk in my car is to roll down the windows. Usually a physical clean out of my vehicle reveals a half drank milk smoothie that’s pungent and melted chocolate fused in the seat fibers. But the air cleaning method isn’t always possible when the weather is cold. So, I recently tried an experiment.

This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

I love making cinnamon ornaments during Christmas time because I love the way they smell, but but they can be pretty strong. Instead, I made salt dough “ornaments” and added some color and essential oils to them to turn them into amazing air fresheners.

This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

The best part of these air fresheners is that I can revive them by adding more oils to them, or even different oils when the smell begins to dissipate. This recipe makes a lot of air fresheners, so it lead me to do several things: hang them in various places around the house including the mudroom closet (stinky shoes), the closet that houses the vacuum, the kids bathroom, the bottom of each of my trash cans and each vehicle we own. You can also hang them from your floor vents, so when the heating and cooling system blows air through your house, it also blows the scent into your rooms!

This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

Since I still had some of these amazing air fresheners left over, I made a few gift packages for friends! Grab some candy bags, twine, raffia and a bottle of essential oil! Thread the twine through three of the leaves, and leave the end untied. Place into the gift bag and secure with raffia. Add your favorite oil and also secure with raffia! Tie on one of our gift tags (link to download below) and you’ve got a gift ready to go!

This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

What scents will you use on your air fresheners? And where will you hang them?

This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

Natural Essential Oil Air Freshener Recipe

Natural Essential Oil Air Freshener Recipe

This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups salt, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups water, divided
  • Food Coloring
  • Minwax Polycrylic Sealer
  • Plastic Straw
  • Foam Brush
  • Twine
  • Essential Oils

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup salt.
  • In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup water and color with food coloring. Mix well.
  • Add water to flour mixture and stir well until dough forms.
  • Repeat until you have three colors of dough.
  • To Make Solid Color Dough

    1. Roll dough onto a floured surface if sticky about 1/4" thickness and use cookie cutters to cut leaf shapes.
    2. Place onto a baking sheet and cut a hole into each leaf using a plastic straw.

    To Create Multi-Colored Dough

    1. Separate small pieces of dough and place randomly onto your work space.
    2. Press together with your hands and roll dough with a rolling pin about 1/4" thick.
    3. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place onto a cookie sheet.
    4. Use a plastic straw to cut a hole into each leaf.

    To Dry

    1. Place leaves into a 200 degree oven for 1-3 hours until dry. You can rotate baking sheets every 30 minutes.
    2. Or you can let set on baking sheets to dry. Flip every day to ensure even drying. This process can take 7-14 days.

    Seal and Scent

    1. Once completely dry, Add a coat of Minwax Polycrylic Sealer to the front with a foam brush. Allow to dry completely.
    2. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil to the back of each leaf to add scent.

    You will also want to try our Rustic Pumpkin Twig Craft and our Homemade Wall Organizer!

    This easy salt dough air freshener with essential oils works very well in your own home and makes a great gift for teachers, friends and neighbors.

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    8 Comments

  • Reply Judy D. Black

    This sounds like a fun project to do with children. I think they would enjoy this. Is your cinnamon ornaments made the same way ? These are adorable.

    July 8, 2018 at 9:14 am
    • Reply Kari

      Thank you! We don’t have any cinnamon ornaments on our blog but I have made them before and the recipe is different. Let me know how yours turn out!

      July 8, 2018 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Emily

    Love this!! How long does the scent last or how often do you need to add more oils? I’m so gonna make these!! Thanks!!

    August 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    • Reply Kari

      The scent really depends on where you put the air fresheners. In the vehicle, I only use 1 drop of oils since it’s such a confined space. Plus we’re driving usually with the heat or AC on and the windows are up. In a larger closet you can try 2-3 drops. If the space is closed off, the scent will last a week to 10 days. If there’s lots of air moving about you may have to reapply every 5 days.

      August 6, 2018 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Sharon

    I didn’t find the link for the tag to put with the salt air fresheners. Can you help?

    September 10, 2018 at 7:50 am
    • Reply Kari

      Sharon, There’s no link for the tags. I simply hand wrote that onto a die cut tag that I created using a large tag punch.

      September 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Venice

    HI, these are interesting! How are the fresheners dealing with humid/hot weather?
    Thank you!

    May 2, 2019 at 11:19 am
    • Reply Megan

      That is a great question. They definitely will be better indoors with the air conditioning if you are using during the summer.

      May 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm

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