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DIY Essential Oil Air Freshener

Make your own essential oil air freshener and avoid the low-quality and fake scents of most commercial air fresheners.

Creating an aromatherapy room fragrance spray can be as simple as mixing your favorite essential oil(s) and water in a spray bottle. In general, use 30 to 50 drops of essential oil, depending on the strength of the oil and how strong you want the spray, for each 1/2 cup of water.

Water and essential oils separate, so you must shake the spray vigorously before using. Or you can add a solubilizer, such as Polysorbate 80 or Solubol, to the spray to help disperse the oils.

Follow these guidelines:

  • Use distilled or purified water because the chlorine in tap water can cause essential oils to deteriorate over time.

  • Avoid spraying the blends directly on delicate surfaces or on surfaces where children or pets might ingest the oils.

  • Label your spray bottles and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Shake sprays before using.

Aromatherapy Room Sprays

These sprays use air cleaning essential oils. Blend oils in 1/2 cup distilled water.

  • 30 drops bergamot
  • 25 drops lemon
  • 5 drops peppermint 


  • 30 drops lemon
  • 20 drops thyme
  • 10 drops eucalyptus


  • 12 drops eucalyptus
  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 8 drops pine
  • 4 drops tea tree or rosemary
  • 8 drops bergamot

Sources: Pure Scents for Well Being and Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Here are more ways to make a clean air essential oil blend in 1/2 cup distilled water.

Citrus Blend

  • 50 drops orange
  • 35 drops lemon
  • 20 drops grapefruit
  • 15 drops cedarwood

Floral Blend

  • 50 drops orange
  • 25 drops rose
  • 20 drops clove
  • 15 drops cinnamon
  • 10 drops jasmine

Forest Blend

  • 50 drops spruce
  • 25 drops lavender
  • 25 drops eucalyptus
  • 20 drops cedarwood

Mint Blend

  • 75 drops peppermint
  • 35 drops eucalyptus
  • 10 drops clove

Spice Blend

  • 35 drops caraway
  • 20 drops anise
  • 20 drops cinnamon
  • 20 drops ginger
  • 15 drops clove
  • 10 drops lime

Source: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy (This book also has more blends in each category.)

Essential Oils for Air Freshener Blends

Use 5 to 7 drops essential oil in 1 cup distilled water to make the following:

  • Country spice: cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, bay
  • Spring morning: lavender, rose, geranium, rosemary, sweet orange.
  • Earthy: sage, thyme, cedarwood, patchouli, frankincense.
  • Romance: vanilla, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, jasmine, neroli, rose.
  • Energizing: basil, lavender, orange, nutmeg, peppermint.
  • Calming: Geranium, clary sage, Roman chamomile, yarrow.

Source: The Naturally Clean Home

Stock Essential Oil Air Freshener Blend

To a 5-ml dropper bottle, add the following essential oils:

  • 40 drops lemongrass
  • 20 drops lemon
  • 20 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops cypress
  • 10 drops cinnamon leaf
  • 1 to 5 drops black spruce

Shake vigorously. Let synergize for eight hours. Diffuse a few drops or make a room spray.

Source: The Best Natural Cures Using Essential Oils

Other Essential Oil Air Freshener Suggestions

As an alternative to an essential oil room spray, you can freshen the air by diffusing a few drops of your favorite essential oil using an essential oil diffuser.

Air Cleaning Essential Oils for Smoke-Filled Rooms

  • Bergamot
  • Cypress
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Sage
  • Tea tree

Essential Oils to Disinfect Air

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Thyme

Source: Complete Aromatherapy Handbook: Essential Oils for Radiant Health

Another alternative is to saturate cotton balls with an essential oil and place the balls in the corners of a room, in cupboards, in drawers, or in out-of-the-way places. Or add a fresh scent to your home by using essential oils for cleaning.

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