Most people love the beautiful aromas of air fresheners and scented candles. However, have you ever thought what goes into these home smells? You would probably be shocked to find a bunch of chemicals in the average spray can. Even scented chemicals, which seem to be dong wonders with their essential oils are often cheap imports made from paraffine, which is definitely not going to do you any good.

Why Exactly are these Freshners so Bad?

You will be quite happy to feel a noticeable difference, reaching for your sweet lavender or fruity aerosol to give your room a lift. However, you may want to think twice once you have heard what actually goes into one of these aerosol cans.

Formaldehyde, petroleum destillates and p-Dichlorobenzene, you may want to think about buying your next aerosol can. These are gasses and chemicals which are not to be taken lightly. In fact some have been taken off the market in a couple of products used for things like hair care. For example, Formaldehyde has been known as one of the things that can actually lead to cancer as well as serious skin conditions. Petroleum distillates causes severe coughing. While people are telling you that the environment contains harmful chemicals, it has now been proven that the home is actually worse.

Homemade Air Freshner with Essential Oils

Boiled Natural Room deodorizer 

Get yourself some nice smelling aromatics which combine well, and put this in a pot with water just covering the ingredients. You can use things like lemon and orange. You can go with various spices like cinnamon. You can use herbs. Once this is boiled, put in a jar, and you will notice that the fresh aromas will fill the room for hours. You can keep these in the fridge for up to a week and you can freeze them for a month.

DIY air freshener


Just get yourself 3 Tablespoons of vanilla extract, put this in a ramekin and leave it in the oven for an hour. Take it out and you will have a beautiful smell of fresh vanilla.


Coffee is another thing that you can use with the use of a candle burning. Get a nice big glass jar, surrounded by fresh coffee beans, and you will start to smell that typical coffee smell going around the room.


Gelatine Air Freshner

This looks great and it works well too.


  • 1 oz. gelatine
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 20 drops essential oils
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Food coloring
  • heat-proof jars
  • skewer to use (disposable)


  • Bring one of the cups of water to the boil. 
  • Sprinkle the gelatine over this and whisk until it has dissolved. 
  • Add the salt, and the other cup of cold water start to whisk until everything is mixed in.  Now you can set this aside.
  • Get your jars ready and add in the essential oils and food coloring.
  • Pour the gelatine mixture over this and stir until it mixes evenly. 
  • Let this cool down until room temperature is reached.

Make your own lavender oil

You can always find a little lavender growing about, so keep your eyes peeled, and when you find some take a couple of stalks. Get a mortar and pestle, and bruise this so the oils start to come through. You can leave these as they are and put them in the bathroom. You can also crush them fine, and mix some oil with them. You can do this with just about any herb.