How to Make Air Freshener With Essential Oils

How to Make Air Freshener With Essential Oils. If you are sensitive to chemically-based air fresheners, you can make your own natural version with essential oils. Only a few basic supplies are needed, and you can suit your air freshener to your specific needs. Make a pet odor-eliminating air freshener or a deodorizing spray for the kitchen. Use your favorite essential oils to keep your home fresh without using irritating chemical sprays.

Make Air Freshener With Essential Oils

Things Needed

  • Distilled or spring water Essential oil of choice Rubbing alcohol (optional) Spray bottle Labels Permanent marker


Step 1

Pour 1 cup of distilled or spring water into an empty spray bottle. If using a spray bottle that has been used before, make sure it is thoroughly clean and all residue from previous contents is removed.

Step 2

Add 8-10 drops of essential oil of choice. Choose an essential oil for your specific needs. Lemon essential oil deodorizes and freshens; cedarwood and tea tree essential oils are effective against pet odor. Lavender or orange essential oils give a flowery, clean smell to any room. Experiment with different scents to find the one you like best.

Step 3

Add 2 tsp. of rubbing alcohol to the spray bottle. Shake well to combine. This step is optional but will help keep the oils combined with the water.

Step 4

Label the bottle with the contents, including date and type of essential oil used. Alternatively, you can write directly on the spray bottle with a magic marker, if you intend to use it only for your essential oil air freshener in the future.

Step 5

Spray the essential oil air freshener on fabrics, pet bedding or into the air to keep your home smelling fresh and clean the natural way. Shake well before each use.


  • There are hundreds of different essential oils to choose from. Visit a local natural health store to sample the various oils and find the ones you like best. Essential oils can also be bought inexpensively at online retailers.


  • Always spray the air freshener away from your body. Essential oils and rubbing alcohol can cause irritation if they get into the sensitive areas of the eyes, nose and mouth.