How to make lemon lavender air freshener

Air fresheners are nice, but the ingredients aren’t. Most air fresheners contain chemicals that are toxic to the environment and even potentially harmful to humans. Some of these chemicals are formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants. Half those ingredients I can’t even pronoun, which is usually a bad sign. Thankfully, air fresheners are easy to make at home. Here’s one I made with four simple ingredients:

Lemon Lavender Air Freshener

Things you’ll need:

  • Lemon essential oil (20-30 drops)
  • Lavender essential oil (15-20 drops)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Water
  • A bowl
  • A spoon
  • An empty spray bottle
  • A funnel (or small measuring spoon)

Note: I wanted lemon to be the strongest scent, but if you want lavender to be stronger, switch the amount of drops I recommend for the two essential oils.
Example: Make lemon (15-20 drops), and lavender (20-30 drops).

Baking soda, a spray bottle, and lemon/lavender essential oil.


  1. Take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and add it to the bowl using the spoon.
  2. Add 20-30 drops of lemon essential oil to the baking soda. Mix it together with the spoon. The baking soda should become a little clumpy. Add more essential oil for a stronger scent, if desired.
  3. Add 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil to the baking soda. Mix together. Add more essential oil for a stronger scent, if desired. 
  4. Use the funnel, or a small measuring spoon, to transfer the mixture into the empty spray bottle.
  5. Once the mixture is transferred, add water to the spray bottle. Once it’s filled, make sure the top is screwed on tight to prevent leakage, then shake the bottle. This will help the water infuse with the mixture. Spritz the air, smell, and ta-da! You’re done.

Note:  If you want to make a label, simply cut a piece of paper into the shape of your desire, write what you want on it, color it, then tape it onto the bottle. In order to make sure the tape doesn’t show, fold the tape in half before sticking it on the label, then put it on the bottle. You might need more than one piece to make sure the label stays on.

By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.

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