9 Feb 2012, 10:03am
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  • MIY: Homemade Air Fresheners

    I like candles but I don’t buy them very often.  The really good ones cost more than I think they’re worth.  So, my house smells like “us”.  Hah.  It smells like what ever I’m baking, cooking or making in the kitchen.  It smells like our little life out here…the occasional waft of manure from our neighbor’s fields even.

    But, since I’m into saving money and being as creative as I can possibly be…making my own air freshener sounded fabulous.

    Simple, simple, simple!  Literally took me 5 minutes to make this.
     Boil 1 cup of water pour in gelatine packets and 1 Tb salt.  Whisk until combined.

    There are a few different scents, and if you’re familiar with mixing essential oils, I’m sure you could create your own.
    Set aside and pour in 1 cup of cold water.  Put the essential oils and food color drops into the jars and immediately pour the gelatine over the top.  Mix with a chop stick.
    You can pick and choose colors.  Unfortunately, I only have neon food coloring.  *cough*  Soooo, my smelly little fresheners look like bright green goo-gobs.
    Set to cool on a heat safe surface.  Should take about 30-45 min.  Done!

    I’m giving our house a new smell :)   I will be sure to hide these brilliantly colored fresheners strategically around the house so no one sees them.  Hah.  Wouldn’t these make fabulous gifts?

      (The sweet basil cost $11.79 and the lemon only $5.69 at the natural food store here.  I use my lemon oil ALL of the time for different recipes)

    Essential Oil air Fresheners :: courtesy of Tasty Kitchen

    • 1 ounce, weight Unsweetened, Unflavored Gelatin (equivalent To 4 Envelopes Of Knox Powdered Gelatin)
    • 2 cups Cold Water, Divided
    • 1 Tablespoon Salt (or A Splash Of Vodka- To Deter Mold Growth)
    • 20 drops To 30 Drops Essential Oil
    • ___
    • Food Coloring To Tint The Air Fresheners
    • ___
    • Disposable Chopsticks Or Skewers To Stir The Hot Gelatin Mixture In The Jars
    • Decorative Heat-proof Jars To Hold The Gelatin Mixture
      Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the boiling water and whisk until smooth and all the gelatin is dissolved. Add the salt and the second cup of cold water and whisk. Set aside.

    Add the desired amount of essential oil and food coloring, if using, to the jar(s). Quickly pour the hot liquid gelatin over the essential oil and food coloring. Stir until evenly colored.

    Allow to cool, uncovered on a heat-proof surface. When it reaches room temperature, place wherever you want a lovely scent.

    Sweet Basil and Lemon Air Freshener

    * 20 drops Sweet Basil essential oil
    * 8 drops Lemon essential oil

    Rosemary Orange Air Freshener

    * 25 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
    * 5 drops Rosemary essential oil (the rosemary essential oil is mighty strong stuff—keep a light hand with this!)

    Fresh Pine Scent Air Freshener

    * 25 drops Fir Pine essential oil
    * 3 drops Lemon essential oil
    * 2 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
    * 1 drop Bergamot essential oil

    Pure Lavender Air Freshener

    * 30 drops of Lavender essential oil

    Essence of Provençe Air Freshener

    * 20 drops Lavender essential oil
    * 5 drops Thyme essential oil
    * 2 drops Lemon essential oil

    How did this work?? I love a good smelling space :)

    3 Apr 2012, 3:15pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    It worked great! They stayed useful for about a month or so. Then they shrivel and you have to make them all over again :)

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