Homemade drawer freshener

Written by sarah emerald
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Homemade drawer freshener
Use homemade drawer fresheners to eliminate odours. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A combination of baking soda, essential oil and salt makes hard, durable drawer fresheners. The deodorising power of baking soda helps eliminate odours, while the essential oil adds a naturally clean scent to your clothing. The salt hardens the drawer fresheners, so they won't crumble over time. Place a few anywhere you detect a stale odour, such as in dressers, chests and closets. Make a set of these drawer fresheners in pretty shapes, then bundle into a clear chiffon bag for a quick and economical gift.

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Things you need

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Glass or ceramic bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Witch hazel
  • Silicon ice-cube tray with heart- or circle-shaped openings

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup salt into the bowl and stir with the wooden spoon.

  2. 2

    Add 6 drops lavender essential oil and stir, breaking up any large clumps.

  3. 3

    Fill the spray bottle with witch hazel. Spray the baking-soda mixture until it is just damp. Depending on your spray bottle, this will take five to seven sprays. Stir to blend.

  4. 4

    Pick up a handful of the mixture and squeeze. If it holds together, the mixture is ready to mould. If it crumbles, add a few more sprays of witch hazel. If it is runny, stir in an extra 1/4 cup baking soda. Test again to ensure you have the right consistency.

  5. 5

    Firmly pack the mixture into the openings of the ice-cube tray and leave in place for 1 hour. Turn the drawer fresheners out onto a flat surface and let dry overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • Add colour by mixing in five drops of food colouring before you add the essential oil.
  • Essential oils are sold with slow-drip lids, so counting the drops is easy. If your bottle doesn't have this kind of lid, use a pipette or eye dropper to measure the oil correctly.
  • Use these as mini bath bombs as well; just add two or three to your bathtub to soften and gently scent the water.
  • Never use a plastic bowl or utensils for essential-oil projects, as the plastic will permanently absorb the scent.
  • Get the mixture into the moulds quickly; once it sets it will be rock hard.

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