DIY Homemade Air Freshners for a Car

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DIY Homemade Air Freshners for a Car
Use items in your home to make your own car air freshener. (strawberry air freshener image by tomcat2170 from

If you have a busy lifestyle, chances are you don't get around to cleaning out your car very often. Your car can begin to smell, especially if you eat in the car, sweat while riding in the car or have small children who spill things in the car. An air freshener can help keep your car smelling nice until you have time to clean it. And there is no need to buy an air freshener when you can make your own at home.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Old T-shirt
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Essential oils
  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Puffy paint
  • String

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  1. 1

    Find an old T-shirt and a piece of cardboard. A cereal box will work if you have one. Wrap the T-shirt around the cardboard and cut out your favourite shape. You could cut a heart shape, plain square or the silhouette of a cat, for example.

  2. 2

    Pour your favourite essential oils in a small bowl. Lavender, rose, eucalyptus, geranium and sandalwood essential oils are all good choices for a car air freshener.

  3. 3

    Remove the cloth from around the cardboard and place it in the bowl of essential oils. Wait for the essential oils to soak through the cloth and then hang it up to dry.

  4. 4

    Glue the cloth to the cardboard shape after the cloth has completely dried.

  5. 5

    Punch a hole in the top of the shape with a hole puncher. Thread some string through the hole and tie a knot to create a loop to hang the air freshener in your car.

  6. 6

    Decorate the homemade car air freshener. Consider designing it with puffy paint. This is optional, but it's something your kids will have fun doing.

  7. 7

    If you use paint, wait for it to dry and then hang the freshener in the car.

Tips and warnings

  • Drip a few drops of essential oil on the homemade air freshener every so often to keep it smelling good.

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