A warm and inviting home should smell amazing, but you don’t need to spend half your paycheck on purchased air fresheners to accomplish this goal. There are several different ways to scent your home using frugal and all natural ingredients like essential oils or dried herbs.
Baking Soda Air Freshener
Combine baking soda and essential oils in a mason jar with a pretty fabric topper for a frugal yet effective air freshener. Get the details at Living Chic on the Cheap.
DIY Gel Air Freshener
If you want to take things up a notch, this project is a prettier version of the gel air fresheners you can find at Walmart, Target, Kmart, and other discount stores. Recycle empty jars from your kitchen and customize the design to perfectly match your home decor. Bitz & Giggles shows you how in an easy to follow tutorial.
This homemade reed diffuser, made with a pretty vase and washi tape embellishments, is a pretty yet practical way to make your home smell wonderful. Learn how to make yours by visiting Sugar and Cloth.
Citrus Room Spray
Make a citrus infused room spray to naturally add a light fresh scent to every room in your home. You can find the complete instructions for this DIY air freshener at Live Simply.
DIY Plug In Air Freshener Refill
If you love plug in air fresheners, but hate the high price of refills, you can make your own using essential oils and water. This method, in addition to being more economical, also lets you create your own custom scent blends. Learn how at Mom 4 Real.
DIY Wax Warmer Cubes
Wax warmers, such as those sold by Scentsy, are a convenient way to make your home smell nice. However, the price of refills can be make them cost prohibitive. Save money by making your own wax warmer cubes with the instructions found at Duke and Duchess.
Terra Cotta Clay Air Fresheners
Air fresheners made with terra cotta clay gently diffuse your favorite essential oils. Use rubber stamps to make pretty designs in the clay. Hello Glow has the details for this wonderful DIY project.
Wool Air Freshener
Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body suggests using felted wool balls to create your own tiny air freshener. Like terra cotta clay, the wool can be used to diffuse your favorite essential oils.
Wood Air Freshener
Did you know that there’s an easy way to add scent to tiny scraps of wood? Learn how at Northstory. (This project is also an excellent activity to do with little ones when it’s too cold to play outside.)
Dried lavender gives off a subtle calming scent in this homemade air freshener that’s perfect for your closets or for use in your car. These little sachets would also make excellent gift toppers or tiny treats for family and friends. What. No Mints? has the full instructions.