If you want your home to smell fresh, but hate spending money on commercial air fresheners, consider making a homemade vanilla air freshener. You can make a vanilla-scented air freshener spray or gel. Homemade vanilla air fresheners are quick and inexpensive to make, and deliver the same results as commercial air fresheners.
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Things you need
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cloves
- Medium saucepan
- Fine strainer
- Empty spray bottle
- 28.4gr. unflavored gelatin
- Food colouring (optional)
- 10 drops of vanilla essential oil
- Decorative vase or bowl
Pour 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cloves into a medium saucepan. Put the pan on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium and let the mixture simmer for two minutes. Remove from the stove and let it cool for at least an hour.
Pour the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl. Use a funnel to transfer the mixture to a clean, empty spray bottle. Put the lid on the bottle and shake it up well to combine the ingredients. Shake the bottle before each use.
Pour 1 cup of water into a medium saucepan. Put the pan on the stove and bring the water to a boil.
Pour 28.4gr. of unflavored gelatin into a mixing bowl. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Continue stirring until all of the gelatin has dissolved.
Stir 1 ¼ cups of cool water into the gelatin mixture. Add a few drops of your choice of food colouring, if you would like.
Let the mixture cool for a few hours to room temperature. Add 10 drops of vanilla essential oil and stir thoroughly. Put the mixture in the refrigerator for five hours, or until it reaches the consistency of a firm jelly.
Mash up the gel with a fork to create large chunks. Transfer a small amount of the air freshener gel into a decorative bowl or vase. Store any unused gel in an airtight container.
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