22 June 2021

DIY Natural Air Freshener With Essential Oils

Learn how to make a homemade air freshener with baking soda and essential oils.  This natural air freshener recipe is very easy to make with just two ingredients.  It absorbs odors in your home, and the essential oils have a light natural scent.  It’s perfect for small spaces like closets, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

I have three kids, two dogs, and two cats.  I also have autism therapists in my home several times a week.  

I'm a little paranoid about smells, especially from the litter boxes.  Unfortunately, the litter box is just off the dining room in a hallway, and we homeschool and do therapy in the dining room.  

Miss Chloe, the princess, needs her own box, which is in our already tiny bathroom just off of the dining room.

And thus the need for a natural air freshener DIY with essential oils.  This baking soda air freshener DIY would also be perfect for the car because it will fit right in a cup holder.  

I don't like the artificial scent of air fresheners.  Besides that, my son has asthma, so they are definitely a no-no in my house.

I like making my own natural air freshener recipe because I can choose the scents.  I can also change them as needed.

Want to learn how to make your own cleaners?  My Natural Cleaners printable ebook has 12 easy recipes and labels.

How to Make Homemade Air Freshener

It’s easy to learn how to make homemade air freshener.  In fact, this baking soda air freshener is so simple, you can make it in less than 5 minutes!

You will need a special lid, but don’t worry there are a few options that you can use.

How Can I Make My House Smell Good Naturally?

There are several ways that you can make your house smell good naturally and use a natural air freshener for home.

How Do I Keep My House Smelling Good All the Time?

If the air in your home is funky more often than not, then there may be something causing the odor.  Rather than cover it up, look for the source of the odor and eliminate it.  

Try one of the following instead of using or in addition to a natural air freshener for home:

  • Take out the trash daily.
  • Empty the fridge once a week.
  • Check for standing water.  Small leaks under the sink or in the basement can cause foul odors.
  • Clean litter boxes daily if you have cats.  Add baking soda if needed to control odors.
  • Vacuum daily or a few times a week, depending on foot traffic.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets and let sit.  Then vacuum.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. 
  • Open windows and let in fresh air.

How Do You Deodorize Air Naturally?

Most stores have an entire aisle devoted to making your home smell good.  However, they are often filled with chemicals that you don’t want to be breathing in.  

However, there are natural ways to deodorize the air and make a natural air freshener DIY.  You can use one of the following natural air freshener for home:

Learn more about how to clean the air in your home naturally for more tips and tricks.

What Absorbs Bad Smells in a Room?

It’s not enough to just cover bad smells; you want to absorb foul odors so the room smells better longer.

Charcoal and baking soda both absorb bad smells in a room.  Charcoal absorbs several times its own weight.  However, charcoal can be messy.

Therefore, I make baking soda air freshener DIY.  If it smells, I just clean it up and make a new one.  

Can Baking Soda Deodorize a Room?

Yes, baking soda can deodorize a room so it’s a great natural air freshener.  You can put baking soda in trash cans or litter boxes to absorb odors.  It’s also good to sprinkle baking soda on your carpets and let it sit.

How Long Does it Take for Baking Soda to Absorb Odors?

Baking soda can take several hours to absorb odors.  It’s recommended that you allow at least 24 hours to remove odors.

When you make this baking soda air freshener DIY, let it sit for 24 hours to notice a change.  You can let it sit for several weeks.

Eventually, after several weeks, you may need to change the baking soda and start with a new baking soda air freshener.

How Do You Deodorize a Room With Baking Soda?

There are several ways you can deodorize a room with baking soda.  This homemade baking soda air freshener sits in a room to absorb odors.  

You can also place baking soda in bowls around the room.  However, they can get knocked over and spill and make a mess.  

You can also sprinkle baking soda on the floor or on furniture and then vacuum to remove odors.

How Much Baking Soda Does it Take to Deodorize a Room?

How much baking soda you need really depends on the smell and the size of the room.  A larger room will need more baking soda.  

If you’ve identified the smell and removed the offending item, then you won’t need as much baking soda.

I used 4 ounces of baking soda for this natural air freshener for home.  It’s great for small spaces like an office, bedroom, or bathroom.

Does Baking Soda Really Remove Odors?

Yes!  Baking soda is a great natural air freshener.  It can absorb foul odors in the air and neutralize them.

Is Baking Soda a Good Air Freshener?

Baking soda absorbs bad odors, but it doesn’t add any scent to the room.  I also used essential oils for this baking soda air freshener so it gives off a light scent.

What Essential Oil Is Good for an Air Freshener?

I used a blend called Happiness from Crafty Bubbles to make my homemade baking soda air freshener.  It's a light, fun scent, and I really like the smell.

You can use any essential oil or fragrance oil that you want, but some essential oils are better for a natural air freshener DIY than others.

Some essential oils kill germs in the air, so I like to use those to make a natural air freshener.

Good oils to use in a natural air freshener DIY are:

I like to use a Thieves oil blend to freshen the air.  Learn how to make your own Thieves oil blend.    You can also buy blends that are similar.

Simply Earth has Defender,  It’s a blend of Cinnamon (leaf), Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Clove (bud) essential oils.  It's similar to Thieves Oil and can kill germs in the air.

I also recommend Shield from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It's a blend of Clove, Rosemary, and Lemon essential oils.  It's not quite as medicinal smelling as Defender, and it works really well to get rid of odors in the air naturally.

Mountain Rose Herbs also has a Support blend that has organic lemon essential oil, organic tea tree essential oil, organic frankincense essential oil, manuka essential oil, organic oregano essential oil, and organic rosemary essential oil.  It has more of a medicinal scent, but it's excellent for removing odors in the air.

If you’d like you can also use a fun essential oil blend.  Check out these essential oil blends that smell like candy.  I also have a printable ebook with over 100 essential oil diffuser recipes.

Just use the same amount of essential oils to make this baking soda air freshener as I used in my blend.  If you make a custom blend, you might want to make it in a 5 ml amber bottle and use that so you can get the right number of drops.

Baking Soda Air Freshener Supplies

To make this natural air freshener recipe, you will need:

Natural Air Freshener Directions

Step #1

Put 1/2 cup baking soda in a 4 ounce mason jar or other container. 

Step #2

Add up to 25 drops of essential oils.  Stir well.  You can always add more oil if it's not strong enough.

Step #3

Top with an insert and ring.  Set someplace that it won't get knocked over because it will spill.  

Step #4 

When it starts to lose it's scent, stir it up a little to refresh the scent.  You can also add more essential oils as needed.  

baking soda, natural, essential oils, air freshener
Yield: 1 jar
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M
How to make an easy DIY baking soda air freshener with essential oils.


  • 4 ounces baking soda
  • 25 drops essential oils


  • Spoon
  • Mason jar


  1. Place 1/2 cup baking soda in a 4 ounce mason jar or other container.
  2. Add up to 25 drops of essential oils and stir well.  You can add more oils if it's not strong enough.
  3. Place a lid with holes on the jar.
  4. Set on a shelf or in a closet.  Keep away from pets and children.
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