You and I both know that the bathroom can be a source of, ahem, unpleasant smells. Today, I’ve got two versions of a super simple DIY air freshener to share with you. The biggest shocker? It does not involve vinegar; not one.single.drop. #firsttimeforeverything
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Spice Jars (Preferably with a Lid)
- Washi Tape or Other Decorating Items (Optional)
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil of Your Choosing (Wondering which brand of essential oil you should use? Check out this post… And no, I’m not selling anything 🙂 )
- Fresh Ground Coffee
Target’s Archer Farms spices come in the cutest jars, and they are perfect for this project (and ounce for ounce, they are often cheaper than their Market Pantry brand). However, any spice jar will work if you don’t happen to have these lying around.
Go ahead and decorate the outside any way you choose. I thought a simple go-round with washi tape would be easy enough, but feel free to let your creativity flow. I think burlap, ribbon, and/or buttons would also work well. If cutesy isn’t your thing, you can just leave the jar alone, and not decorate it at all. Totally up to you.
You now have a couple options:
Baking Soda & Essential Oil:
Depending on the size of your jar, mix together 1/4-1/2 cup baking soda and 6-10 drops of essential oil. I will admit that I had never bought essential oils until I made these. There are a variety of fragrances, so choose one you enjoy. (I’m not sure what’s with the oils at the Health Food Store; most did not smell great to me… at all. I finally went with AmyrisBergamot, and apparently every time I use it to freshen the bathroom, I will feel centered and cheerful 🙂 Sounds good to me.) The baking soda is great for absorbing odors, and the essential oil will create a pleasant scent.
Pour coffee grounds in the jar. Easy enough. A nurse I work with swears that coffee grounds are great at alleviating odors. While working in the hospital, she would put coffee grounds in a patient’s room when there were less-than-ideal odors wafting into the hall. Within minutes, the smell was gone. This makes sense because I remember using coffee beans as a way to “cleanse” my nose when smelling perfume samples.
Replace the lid with the holes in it as this will allow the freshener to do its job.
You can also replace the regular lid in order to keep the odor-absorbing power in the jar until needed.
Now set them on a shelf or vanity and use as needed.
Interested in more ways you can use essential oils in your home? Check out this list.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.