DIY #4 – cheap and easy air freshener

soda-crystal-air-freshener Although our flat last year was decorated quite nicely and was pretty cosy, there was a constant lingering smell that could only be described as ‘offensive’, usually resulting in the phrase “let’s eat at mine next time” from visiting friends. Panicked and embarrassed, we proceeded to febreze every item of furniture in our house, but the dubious smell of sour milk and mould was persistent. All this drama was before we discovered the magical deodorising powers of baking soda, which worked wonders in what we thought was a lost cause.

This DIY makes for one cheap and simple air freshener, far superior to an expensive, chemical filled one.  In science class we were always told not to inhale the chemicals, so it’s pretty alarming that febreze is a product that exists entirely for the purpose of being inhaled. Febreze includes carcinogenic (cancer causing) and irritant chemicals such as Acetaldehyde, Propylene Glycol and BHT.

What you need:

  • A petri dish type vesicle or jar
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Essential oils (whichever scent you fancy. We chose lavender.)


  • Put 3 or 4 tablespoons of baking soda into the jar
  • Add about 16 drops of essential oil (around 4 drops per tablespoon of soda)
  • Mix it up and leave it in the room. Simple as that.
  • If you want to make your air freshener container look nicer, this tutorial by tidymom gives a few tips on how.

Do take note though that these might need to be replaced every now and then in order to stay effective. (For a full list of the nasty ingredients and why they’re considered toxic, check this website sustainablebabysteps.)   – Anna


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