How To Make Your Own Gel Air Fresheners With Essential Oils

A home that smells nice, feels nice, right? Well, today we will show you how exactly you can enrich your home in pleasant aromas and smells, by creating scented air fresheners which are both healthy and easy to do.

The reasons why homemade air fresheners work best is mainly health-related. This means that store-bought air fresheners are oftentimes packed with toxic chemicals, exposing you and your family to many health perils.

For starters, let’s try and distinguish the chemicals often found in air fresheners, and how they impact your health negatively:

1. Phthalates

Phthalates are frequently associated with many reproductive issues. These include testosterone levels, birth defects and more. Also, phthalates can lead to breathing problems, including asthma and allergies.

2. Naphthalene

This extremely dangerous chemical is linked to various issues. These include severe organ tissue damage and lung cancer.

3. Formaldehyde 

Formaldehyde has long been declared a carcinogen chemical. Despite this, formaldehyde is still used in plenty of air fresheners. Medics alert that inhaling or absorbing this toxin can cause many issues, such as nose and throat cancer.

Furthermore, formaldehyde is known to trigger breathing pathways irritation and throat problems. As a result, the chemical may cause a threatening infection, asthma, and related breathing ailments.

4. Volatile Organic Compounds 

These chemicals let air fresheners spread faster. However, these are as harmful as a compound can get. In fact, a single VOC in air fresheners contains plenty of Dichlorobenzene, which is a declared cancerous compound.

To prevent this, you can now create your own and personalized air fresheners. Below, you will find a list of air fresheners you could make. All these are not just healthy but are also lasting and easy to make.

Let’s begin:

Scented Gel Fresheners

You will need:

  • 1 pack no-flavor gelatin
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vodka or 1 tbsp. salt
  • 15 drops essential oil of your choosing
  • 1-2 drops natural food coloring
  • Small Mason Jars
  • Hole-pierced lids for spraying
  • a saucepan
  • whisk


First, boil the water in your saucepan. Add gelatin and mix the contents well. Boil on high temperature and turn off afterward. Once the mixture cools off, add 1/4 cup vodka.

Transfer mix into a jar. Next, add food coloring and stir well. Finally, add 15 drops of essential oils and stir well. Place freshener in the fridge to rest.

More Homemade Air fresheners Ideas

If you are at a loss for ideas on which essential oils to use, here are a few examples to get you started:

-- Floral Air Freshener

You will need:

  • 7 drops lavender oil
  • 4 drops of geranium oil
  • 4 drops of grapefruit oil

-- Revitalizing Air Freshener:

You will need:

  • 8 drops tangerine oil
  • 6 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops of lime oil
  • 3 drops of spearmint essential oil

-- Musky Air Freshener:

You will need:

  • 7 drops Cedar essential oil
  • 6 drops of white fir oil
  • 5 drops frankincense oil

-- Bug Repellent Air Freshener:

You will need:

  • 5 drops lemongrass oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 4 drops of basil oil
  • 4 drops thyme oil

-- Refreshing Air Freshener:

You will need: 

  • 7 drops ginger
  • 5 drops orange
  • 5 drops cinnamon

-- Pumpkin Pie Air Freshener:

You will need:

  • 6 drops cardamom
  • 4 drops cinnamon
  • 3 drops clove bud
  • 2 drops nutmeg

-- Sweet Air Freshener:

You will need:

  • 9 drops wintergreen
  • 6 drops sweet orange

-- Holiday Air Freshener:

You will need:

  • 6 drops fir needle or spruce
  • 6 drops orange
  • 3 drops wintergreen

Air Freshener Alternatives

Aside from air fresheners, you can also get creative and deliver a new smell to your home with these ideas:

1. Aromatic Wood Blocks

For this project, you will need wood blocks and essential oils of your choosing. Begin by coating the blocks with your preferred oils, and know you can use the aforementioned recipes to guide you. Once the block soak in the smell, exhibit these wherever you want in your home.

2. Baking Soda/Essential Oils

Baking soda helps eradicate unpleasant smells in the house. Therefore, if you add an essential oil on top of it, you will create a divine air freshener in no time.

Mix baking soda and your preferred essential oils in a jar. The ration of baking soda and essential oil should be 1 tbsp. to 6 oil drops.

3. Room Spray

If you are looking for a quick mood booster, why not create a scented spray?

You will need:

  • 8-ounce spray bottle with ¾ of distilled water
  • Witch hazel for the rest of the bottle
  • 14 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • 14 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops bergamot essential oil

Shake well, and use right away!