This homemade air freshener is the perfect solution to store bought, and it is fun to play around with the scents. I highly recommend using this combination of orange and rose though. It smells incredible!
This chemist solutions series has become one of my favorite things to share with you on Chemistry Cachet. I get to use my chemist skills to create something that helps you or makes your life much easier. I also get to research things like why pineapple is awesome or why you should be eating lemon!
I also get to mix up solutions like I am back in the chemistry lab, like with this homemade plant food.
It really is my passion and I love sharing it with you!
This homemade air freshener is so easy to whip up! I love store bought febreze, but in reality, it isn’t totally necessary to buy. It also has many unnecessary chemicals in it.
I love making this homemade air freshener to keep on hand!
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Chemistry Cachet’s Orange Rose Petal Homemade Air Freshener
- ½ cup vodka
- 1 cup water
- 10-15 drops of orange essential oil
- 10-15 drops of rose essential oil
- ½ tsp baking soda
As you can see from the picture, it is so simple. Add some water to a mixing bowl or jar, then add in the essential oils. I really like a strong scent so I go with 15 or so of each.
Add in the vodka (see note below on why to use this type of alcohol). Last, add in the baking soda. Stir around until everything is dissolved, then pop it into a sprayer.
So simple and so effective!
Why vodka in this? Vodka is the perfect alcohol source because it’s clear, not sweet or sticky, and it’s cheap. All drinking alcohol contains ethanol or ethyl alcohol. It evaporates well so there isn’t drops left where you spray.
I have had people ask me if they can just substitute rubbing alcohol, or isopropanol. The answer is no! Rubbing alcohol has a very pungent scent AND it is HIGHLY combustible. It is just better not to use that source of alcohol.
I don’t drink alcohol due to health reasons, but vodka is so cheap and easy to keep on hand. It is also PERFECT for making homemade vanilla extract which I always keep on hand.
You can use the cheapest vodka you can find for this and it still works great!
Don’t skip the baking soda!
You may be tempted to skip the baking soda since it is such a small amount, but don’t! Baking soda is great at absorbing odors. It is great to add to a room spray to really help get rid of lingering scents! I will be sharing some details soon on this awesome chemical and why it rocks!
Ruger loved it too 🙂