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Homemade drawer freshener

Updated February 21, 2017

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

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

  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. 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. 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.

  6. Tip

    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.

    Warning

    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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Things You'll 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

About the Author

Sarah Emerald is the author of books and magazine articles specializing in crafts, family, business and the home, including Create and Decorate, Hilton Head Monthly and Crafts magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from a small private college in the southeastern U.S.

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