Gel Air Fresheners

gel air fresheners
Gel Air Fresheners

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. . .

You’ll Need:
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 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 in 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!)

Scent Ideas

The best part about these delightful air fresheners is that they’re easy to renew, add more water as they dry out. See also Jelly Jar Scents.

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!

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.


  1. Love this idea! I just put one together yesterday with my Joy oil from Young Living! Sooo lovely!

    A few quick questions. Where can I find those jar tops with the holes in them? What I did since I only had regular lids was to put a piece of tulle over the top then screw the band back on, which I suppose I could just do and use different colors for different occasions?

    Also, can you just sort of keep using the jar indefinitely by adding more water and oils? And as a distributor I know that true essential oils dissolve petrochemicals, like plastic. So, using the glass jar is fine but I wondered if anyone knew about the beads?

    Mine say they are polymer, is that a sort of plastic? It’s just not a good idea to breathe in plastic or toxic chemicals so I am hoping they don’t dissolve.

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