Homemade air fresheners are an inexpensive way to go. What's more, when you make your own air freshener for your car, you're avoiding the chemical-laden versions you buy at the store and you're using environmentally-friendly products. From dried cinnamon-apple fresheners, to using essential oils, to easy-to-make sachets, there are many varieties of air fresheners you can create.
Cinnamon and Applesauce Air Freshener
Mmmmm. What's homier than the scent of a homemade apple pie baking? Even when you're on the road, you can keep the comforting smells of your own kitchen with you. (Or maybe your grandma's kitchen, if you're not much of a baker yourself).
All you need are equal parts of cinnamon and applesauce, a resealable plastic bag, two sheets of waxed paper, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, a pencil or other instrument to poke a hole in the top and ribbon.
Make a dough out of the cinnamon and applesauce by mixing it in the plastic bag. Roll it out between the sheets of waxed paper. Use your cookie cutters to cut the dough into fun shapes. Then use a pencil to poke a hole (large enough for the ribbon to fit) in the top of each shape. Let your air fresheners dry thoroughly. String the ribbon and hang one in your car.
Essential Oils Air Freshener
The cardboard air fresheners found at gas stations and car washes smell nice and are inexpensive. But you can make your own for a lot less and avoid the chemicals inside those little prepackaged versions.
You'll need an old T-shirt or piece of scrap fabric, some cardboard, craft glue, ribbon and essential oils in any scent. You can find essential oils online, but candle and aromatherapy stores will have a variety of essential oils.
Cut a piece of cardboard into whatever shape you like and cut two pieces of fabric the same size and shape. Glue the fabric to both sides of the cardboard. Poke a hole in the top of the shape and string a piece of ribbon through. Then, sparingly, add drops of essential oil until you achieve the desired strength of scent.
Sachets for Your Car
A sachet is probably the easiest and most versatile homemade air freshener. You can choose almost any fragrant item to fill the sachet.
All you need is thick fabric such as a tightly woven cotton, ribbon and items to fill the sachet.
Cut a circle of fabric about 3 or 4 inches in diameter. Add your choice of fragrant items to the centre of the fabric circle. Cloves, dried citrus rinds, sprigs of rosemary and cinnamon sticks are just a few deliciously scented choices. Gather the sides of your fabric circle and firmly tie it together with the ribbon. Tie on a second loop of ribbon to hang your air freshener.