Natural Recipes for Home Deodorizers and Air Fresheners

Natural Recipes for Home Deodorizers and Air FreshenersA lot of people have a signature scent, like Marilyn Monroe and Chanel No. 5. But did you know that your home does, too? Whether it’s a light, refreshing, cozy scent or something more musty, stale, and wet-doggy-like, chances are you’re not even aware of your own home’s smell – but guests will definitely notice as soon as they walk in.

And scents are deeply tied to memories and emotions. That’s why the smell of your children’s crayons remind you of your own grammar school days, or why the smell of fresh water makes you think of days spent fishing with your dad. That’s why many stores, including Williams-Sonoma and Abercrombie and Fitch invest time and energy in making sure their stores have a signature scent.

It’s also why the garlic chicken you made smelled great at 6pm on Sunday night when you reminisce about the times your grandma made it for you, but not so great at 6am Monday morning when it’s cold and stale. Cooking, renovating or forgetting to clean areas of our homes can change its scent, and not always for the better.

So unless we’re aware of this fact, our homes will always smell a bit off to our guests. And yes, there are plenty of candles, sprays, and plug-in air fresheners we can use, but this can become expensive and put a lot of unnecessary chemicals into the air. A lot of these sprays aggravate allergies and are sheer torture for family members with asthma or other breathing difficulties. And if you change between frequently it can actually have the opposite of the desired effect and make your house smell funky.

If you want to give your home a signature scent that is pleasing to yourself and your guests, you can try some of these homemade air deodorizers and fresheners. The key is to think about what smells are pleasing to you.

Make Your Own Home Deodorizer

Grab a plastic spray bottle and add 2 cups water, ¼ cup white vinegar, and 1 tbsp baking soda. You can spray this solution on carpets, furniture, drapes, and any other smelly items. Think scent-free Febreeze! If you do want this deodorizer to have a scent, add 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil. This can be lemon, lime, lavender, cedarwood, ginger, peppermint, grapefruit, bergamot, rosemary, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, or any mixture of these!

Make Your Own Air Fresheners

Choose your fruits, herbs, spices, and extracts – whatever you want your home to smell like and cut them up if they need it. Add them to a pot of water that’s about ¾ full and let it come to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce it to a simmer and allow the deliciously scented vapor to freshen up your home. And as long as you keep an eye on the water level, you can keep it simmering for hours. Once you’re finished, you can place the liquid and ingredients in a jar and refrigerate it. This way you can use it a few more times.

We even found a few recipes on that you can try if you’re not sure what ingredients to use! (We can’t wait to try a few of these ourselves!)

  • The recipe that people claim comes from Williams-Sonoma: 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and one sliced lemon
  • Fall Wonderland: 1 sliced orange, 5 cinnamon sticks, 2 tbsp of whole cloves
  • Orange Amaretto: 1 sliced orange, 1 tbsp almond extract
  • Sweet Mint: 2 sliced limes, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Gingerbread: 5 ¼ inch slices of ginger, 1 tbsp almond extract, 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Orange Creamsicle: 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 sliced orange
  • Cordon Bleu: 1 lemon, 1 tbsp peppermint extract, 4 sprigs rosemary
  • Italian Backyard: 1 lemon, 1 tsp black peppercorns, handful of fresh basil
  • Forest: Cedar twigs. Just cedar twigs.
  • Regal Cream: Bergamot tea (Earl Grey), 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Coconut Bay: 1 tbsp coconut extract, 1 sliced lime

Fair Warning, Though

While these will make your home smell fantastic, they won’t eliminate the underlying problems that are causing bad odors. If you want your home to smell fresh without adding a scent, then your home needs to be free and clear of the things that cause odors.

What You Really Need to Work On

This means emptying garbage cans often, deodorizing carpets and upholstery, vacuuming carpets to remove dirt, pet hair and other debris, opening the windows as often as you can, removing moisture from the bathroom with an exhaust fan to control mold (which is a serious source of odor many people aren’t aware of), and making sure your pets either go outside or have clean little boxes to do their business.

1st Class Cleaning

If you find that you’re behind on chores and either want to get caught up, or forget about it all together, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to do the job for you. If you’re in the New York City area, give us a call at 1st Class Cleaning. We can come give your home a thorough once over to set you back on track or can follow a schedule that works for you to make sure you home is always clean and odor free.

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