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How to make a natural air freshener spray without essential oils

Make your own natural air freshener without using expensive essential oils. Boil aromatic ingredients to infuse water with their scents. Flower petals, spices, citrus peelings, coffee grounds, pine needles and other items all add scent to water. The air freshener provides a fresh, crisp smell to a room. Because some ingredients smell stronger than others do, you may need to adjust the recipe. For example, if you use cloves, use half a tablespoon rather than a whole one.

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  1. Fill the saucepan with enough water to fill the spray bottle. You can fill the spray bottle with water and pour it into the pan if you want.

  2. Add the flower petals, cinnamon and orange peels. Use any type of flowers you want. You can swap out other spices for the cinnamon and other fruits for the orange, if desired.

  3. Cover the saucepan. Simmer the water and ingredients for two hours.

  4. Turn off the stove burner. Let the water cool completely before continuing.

  5. Place a strainer over a bowl. Pour the scented water into the strainer to remove the petals and orange slices.

  6. Remove the pump top from the spray bottle. Place a funnel inside the spray bottle opening. Pour the water into the funnel slowly to fill the bottle. Remove the funnel and screw on the lid. Spray the air with the bottle to release the air freshener.

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Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan with lid
  • Distilled Water
  • 2 cups fresh flower petals
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon,
  • 1 cup orange slices
  • Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Water bottle
  • Funnel

About the Author

Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.

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