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This DIY floral air freshener is such a fun solution to make!
You can switch up the flowers you use or even combine different ones!
I shared a little behind the scenes on this a few months ago on snapchat, and everyone was curious what it was going to be. I am excited to share it with you today.
PIN THIS: DIY Floral Air Freshener
1/2 cup Floral Infused Vodka***
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 cup Water
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Floral essential oil (OPTIONAL) – I like this one!
Combine everything in a spray bottle. If using any essential oils, be sure to use a glass spray bottle or chemical grade plastic bottle.
To Make the Floral Infused Vodka:
For more details on the chemistry behind infusion, make sure to read this lemon infused rubbing alcohol post.
We always use drinking alcohol for air fresheners as opposed to rubbing alcohol since the scent is more mild. Rubbing alcohol is best for cleaning, drinking alcohol is best for air fresheners.
Fill a 12 oz glass jar with flower petals. Choose ones that have a strong scent. We like to use roses, honeysuckle, carnations, or something like gardenias.
Once the jar is full of petals, pour the vodka on top until all the petals are covered.
Allow to steep for 4-6 weeks. The longer it sits, the stronger the scent! I know that may seem like a long time, but remember infusions take awhile.
CHEMIST NOTE: Flower petals will release an almost earthy scent too. You might think this floral infused vodka doesn’t smell very good, but remember this is the concentrated version. It must be diluted with all of the above ingredients for the pleasant aroma. On it’s own, it is very strong!
Floral infused vodka will lasts for 8 months to a year in an air tight container. You can store in the refrigerator for longer.
Chemistry Behind this DIY Air Freshener
There is a great reason these items are used, thanks to Chemistry.
Here is a break down!
Vodka Infused with Flowers
As we mentioned briefly above, drinking alcohol is the type of alcohol you want to use for homemade air freshers. Although I love rubbing alcohol for cleaning everything, vodka makes a better option for air freshers. The reason you need any alcohol at all is for the solution to evaporate.
If you use straight water in a solution, it can leave water drops when you spray it.
Alcohol evaporates quickly and is also an odor eliminator.
I add the petals just for scent. Again, use flowers that have a strong scent!
We use this in most of our air freshers because it is an odor eliminator. I mentioned in this post for homemade orange, rose air freshener to not skip the baking soda. It can really help with odor!
Using homemade vanilla extract adds an extra scent that pairs well with the floral. Making homemade vanilla extract is the same thing as as creating floral infused vodka, it extracts the scent and flavor out.
If you don’t have homemade vanilla on hand, you can use store-bought. You want to make sure it is alcohol based, so no residue is left.
Using distilled water is the best way to ensure no minerals are in the solution, but you are welcome to use tap water too. It is up to you!