Envision yourself in your car or van… or SUV or truck; whatever you happen to drive. You are sitting in a traffic jam. Like, you haven’t moved in 17 minutes… and you’re late. You have little ones in the back seat playing a game of “MOM! He touched my side.” You take a deep breath, and you smell old fries and sweaty gym socks. Okay. Clearly, I am terrible with meditation exercises.
I actually have no cure for traffic jams or screaming children, but I do have an idea for car odors.
What You Need To Make A DIY Car Freshener
- Thin Wooden Ornament (If you have a difficult time finding an ornament, you can use a thin wooden shape, often found in craft stores, and create a hole with a hammer and nail and tie with yarn or hemp string- that’s what I did.)
- Essential Oil– If you are looking for a calming scent, lavender might be a good one to start with. Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.
- Small Glass Dish
- Small Paintbrush
- Sandwich Size Ziploc Bag
How to Make A DIY Car Freshener
This is one of the easiest DIYs ever. Place a several drops of essential oil into a small glass dish (not plastic as some essential oils eat away at plastic). Using a paintbrush, brush the oil onto the wooden ornament. If you prefer to just place a few drops of oil onto the wood, you could do that as well, but painting it on ensures all the wood gets some of the oil.
Place the wooden ornament into a ziploc bag and allow it to absorb the oil for a few hours (or overnight).
Hang the DIY Car Freshener* and let the aroma fill your car… and if you do use the lavender, maybe the traffic jams and screaming kids won’t bother you so much 🙂 Essential oils do not last forever, so when the scent fades just add a couple drops to directly to the wood. No need to paint it on each time.
*Please check local laws as some areas do not allow you to hang anything from your rearview mirror.
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