Make your own simple gel air fresheners in any scent that you want!
I love having a fresh scent in the house, but store-bought air fresheners have a tendency to give me a severe migraine headache after just a few minutes and seem to have a negative effect on our animals (who go to great lengths to avoid the areas where they’re placed!).
So, to combat that issue here’s how we made our own. . .
Gel Air Fresheners
1 packet of Floral Gel beads (we purchased these at the dollar store, 3 packets for $1)
A Glass Jar of some sort
Essential Oils (any scent you like- but some of our favorites are Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange Neroli, Clove, Cinnamon, Balsam Fir, etc)
Decorative Silk Flowers (if desired)
- Place about 2 tsp of gel beads from the gel pellets packet in the container of your choice (due to the fact that we’re using essential oils, you’ll want to use a glass container). The gel beads can be colored, clear, etc, it really doesn’t matter and is just a matter of personal preference.
- Add 10-15 drops of your favorite Essential oil, swirl the beads around to get them to absorb the essential oil.
- Add warm water to the container, tuck flowers into the beads, if desired. Let them absorb the water, it’ll take about 30 minutes for them to swell, add additional water as needed.
If you’d like you can add a Daisy flower top to the jar (which helps if someone should happen to knock it over!)
Gel Freshener Scent Ideas
- Balsam Fir– holiday Scent, smells like a christmas tree! Use balsam fir essential Oil
- Cinnamon & Clove– again, great holiday baking scent, use 15 drops cinnamon essential oil & 5 drops of clove essential oil
- Lavender Essential Oil- light, fresh and airy, a great smell for spring or summer
- Lemongrass Essential Oil– a great light fresh linen type of scent- perfect for bathrooms, laundry rooms, bedrooms
- Anti-Congestion Blend– Camphor Essential Oil (10 drops), Eucalyptus Essential Oil 5 drops, Clary Sage (5 Drops) (this is a wonderful blend to keep on the nightstand, particularly during the winter months!)
The best part about these delightful air fresheners is that they’re easy to renew, add more water as they dry out.
A note- if you like you could also use Fragrance oils, rather than essential oils, but some people have sensitivities to fragrances as they’re synthetically created and not natural essences from plants. Fragrance oils have a much wider range of options including unique scents like strawberries and cream, coconut, ocean breeze, baby powder, even popcorn!