Fragrant homemade room spray with essential oils is quick and easy to make. Included are 3 different air freshener recipes that can easily be adapted for whatever scent you want. These simple essential oil recipes will teach you exactly what you need to make your non-toxic and natural room spray at home!
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Natural homemade room spray recipes
I’m so excited to show you my EASY method for how to make homemade room spray. Even though opening a window is the best way to shoo away unpleasant odours, a DIY air freshener spray is the perfect way to freshen any room and fragrance your home!
I’ve always loved homemade air fresheners. And, these room sprays are so refreshing. They are made with essential oils and natural ingredients that eliminate odours and offer wonderful aromatherapy benefits – completely without aerosols, heavy perfumes and synthetic chemicals!
Reasons to make DIY room spray
Toxic ingredients in commercial room sprays
While commercial air fresheners smell nice, I recently read a study from the Natural Resources Defense Council about potential health concerns from exposure to commercial air fresheners.
Some of the compounds (benzene, formaldehyde, butane) found in synthetic air fresheners can cause headaches, migraines, nausea, rashes, and may aggravate asthma and allergic reactions.
Even more troublesome is a group of dispersants called phthalates, which are linked to hormonal issues, reproductive harm and developmental disorders, which is a particular risk for babies and young children.
The NRDC study found that even products labelled “unscented” or “all-natural” did contain these potentially harmful chemicals. That’s because companies are allowed to hide all sort of ingredients under the umbrella term “fragrance.”
Benefits of homemade room sprays
What’s a girl to do when she loves natural air fresheners? Make natural room spray that’s what! Let me show you some of the benefits of DIY room spray:
- natural, non-toxic ingredients
- no harmful chemicals
- ecofriendly since no aerosols have to be used
- customise the scent according to your preferences
- enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils
DIY air freshener ingredients
Let me show you what materials you need to make the best natural room spray. Some ingredients are optional but helpful to make your homemade air freshener even more effective. Scroll to the DIY box for the exact measurements.
High proof alcohol
Alcohol serves 3 purposes in homemade room spray. For one, alcohol acts as a preservative hindering the growth of microorganisms and mould. Secondly, it also helps to dilute and blend the essential oils in the room spray. And lastly, alcohol helps the scent molecules to disperse in the air.
What kind of alcohol do you use for room spray with essential oils?
Ideally, you want to use an odourless, high-proof alcohol. Here are some ideas:
- perfumers alcohol: The best option for natural room spray is perfumers alcohol, which is a clear, unscented alcohol that produces the best smelling air fresheners. Buy it here: US, UK
- grain alcohol: Grain alcohol is a clear liquid without colour or smell. You can buy grain alcohol from brands such as Everclear, Century, or Graves.
- vodka: Vodka can also be used, the higher the proof, the better.
Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol are not suitable for this essential oil recipe. They impart a very unpleasant smell and can cause headaches and migraine. So stay clear of those.
Distilled water is best for homemade room spray. Otherwise, use boiled, cooled tap water.
Essential oils refresh the air, and provide natural fragrance and aromatherapy benefits. For the best smelling aromatherapy spray, be sure to use high-quality essential oils from reputable manufacturers and sellers.
Baking soda (optional)
Baking soda is an excellent odour absorber and can neutralise less than pleasant smells. To maximise the deodorising qualities, add 1/2 tsp to your room spray base. If adding baking soda, shake the air freshener spray well before each use.
Vegetable glycerin functions as a solubiliser, meaning the ingredient helps the essential oils and water mix better. It also prolongs the staying power of the essential oil sprays by helping scent particles “cling” to the objects in your home. Glycerin is optional, and you can leave it out.
3 room spray recipes
Now that we know the basic ingredients, let’s explore different home fragrance recipes. I’m sharing 3 recipes that I constantly use to deodorise my home naturally.
Citrus room spray
Homemade lemon air freshener will keep your home odour-free and smelling fresh. It’s the perfect combination of invigorating grapefruit, sweet orange, zesty lemon, and a dash of lavender. The scent is very engergising and will uplift your mood.
The essential oil blend in this DIY room spray looks like this:
- 15 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
Sea breeze air freshener
The tranquil fragrance with hints of cedar, eucalyptus and sea salt evokes memories of summer days spent seaside. The fresh smell is centring and calming, perfect when you need to unwind and destress.
Here’s the EO mix for this room spray:
- 15 drops cedarwood essential oils
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- 5 drops spearmint essential oil
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drops frankincense essential oil
In addition to this refreshing essential oil blend, dissolve 1 tbsp fine sea salt in the water.
Flower air freshener spray
Spray away odours with a lush floral air freshener and fill your home with the sweet aroma of a garden in full bloom. Geranium, lavender, and ylang ylang all melt into a rich flower scent which rests against a warm sandalwood base. I find this floral scent comforting and relaxing, and often use it at night.
The DIY air freshener spray is made with the following oils:
- 15 drops geranium essential oil
- 12 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops ylang ylang extra
- 5 drops sandalwood essential oil
Have a room spray formula you want to share? Please leave a comment, I’d love to know your favourite essential oil combinations for room spray!
How to make room spray
There are just 2 simple steps to make this recipe for essential oil room spray. Your natural deodorizer will be ready as fast as you can gather your materials. The amount of each ingredient is on the DIY card below. Here is what you do:
- The alcohol, essential oils and glycerin (if using) to a spray bottle and shake.
- The top off with distilled water and baking soda. Shake until the liquids are blended.
When making room sprays, dilute the essential oils in the alcohol first. Shake well, then add the water. To keep measurements easy, simply use the same amount of alcohol as you do water.
How can I make my room spray last longer?
First, test the room spray recipe with essential oil amounts as written above. If you still prefer a stronger scent, feel free to double the amount. Also, keep in mind that some essential oils (for example, citrus essential oils) evaporate faster than others.
Printable room spray labels
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