I love Febreeze, but it’s expensive. Well, it is when you have to replace it along with all of the other liquids that the movers refused to take… so today while cleaning my frustration was mounting at how stuffy and ick our house was smelling. I have all the windows open, fans on high, but at 80 inside with no AC, there is only so much a fan can do. I had an old glass spraybottle that I bought months and months ago at Whole Foods because I had seen a thousand tutorials for sprays that I wanted to make. Needless to say, I hadn’t made any. Today, though, while organizing my supplies I came across lime essential oil and decided it was the perfect summer scent for 9:30 in the morning!
With that all said, I sat down at (you guessed it!) Pinterest.com and searched for room spray, room deoderizer, room freshner, etc. and came up with a number of recipes. Here’s the ingredient list I wound up using:
- 2c water
- 1/4c vinegar
- 1tbsp baking soda
- 10-12 drops of essential oil (I used lime) optional!
First, in a bowl with a pour spout I mixed the vinegar and baking soda, allowing them to have their reaction. Add the baking soda slowly at first so that it doesn’t overflow. Once those were mixed, I added the water and stirred. Finally, I dropped in some lime oil, stirred again, and poured immediately after stirring into my spray bottle. The oil can separate since it’s really a water/oil mixture.
I would up with a really faint lime scent and no vinegar scent at all. My house smells fantastic and clean and summer fresh!
If you’re looking for a stronger scent, add more drops of oil OR wait until you’ve added your water mixture to the spray bottle and then add oils. If you want a variety, make your water mixture first, add it to 3-4 bottles, and then add a few drops of different scents per bottle! My biggest thing is to make sure it’s a scent you love. Many natural food stores, holistic stores, and organic grocery stores (Whole Foods, etc.) have a display of essential oils for you to smell. Of course, you can leave out the oils entirely. There’s no scent otherwise. The oils are just for you not for any specific purpose. If you want a “fragrance free” then leave them out!
If you’re still not sure, here are some suggestions from around the web:
For Happiness and Peace
Grapefruit, Lemon, Sandalwood, Rose, Ylang Ylang
For Stress Relief
Frankincense, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Lavender
For Relaxation and Anxiety Relief
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Mandarin
For Relief from Exhaustion and Burnout
Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ginger, Grapefruit