02 November 2018

DIY Gel Air Freshener With Essential Oils

This gel air freshener is made with essential oils to naturally scent your home.

If you have pets or kids, then you probably need an air freshener at some point.  Between the litter boxes and putting the ADHD kid in charge of trash duty, let's just say I've had a need for one recently.

I also want to keep my home smelling fresh because we have therapists coming a few times a week.  I just like having a nice smelling home.  

I used to use my tart burner all the time, but I have to be careful with it because we have cats.  When a cat steps in melted wax, they instinctively shake their paw and fling wax all over the walls and ceiling.  Yes, that happened to my poor Luie several years ago.

I use my diffuser, but I like these for the bedroom or the bathroom where my diffuser doesn't really reach.  I can still use essential oils for a natural scent.  

These gel air fresheners are really easy to make in about 15 minutes, but they do take a full day to set up.  

These would make great gifts.  They are fairly easy to make, so you could make a few batches and make several gifts in an hour.  

These work well in the home and in the car.  If you're using it in the car, you definitely want a lid so it doesn't tip over and get hot in the sun and melt.


These are so easy to make, and you can easily double the recipe if you want to make more.  I used 4-ounce mason jars so I could make two different scents.  You could use an 8-ounce jelly jar, but the smaller jars work just fine.  


I used Knox unflavored gelatin because it's inexpensive and easy to find at most grocery stores.  It comes in four to a box in the store, so you can double this recipe or save some to make more air fresheners.  

On Amazon, it comes in 32 to a pack, so it's quite a bit cheaper per pack than what I paid at the groery store.  

I also use unflavored gelatin to make jelly soap, so you can make a batch of soap and these gel air fresheners from the same box.


I added salt to prevent mold from growing.  Any time you make something with water, mold or bacteria can grow.  In DIY beauty recipes, you'd have to use a preservative or use it right away.

Since this won't touch your skin, the salt should be enough to slow the growth of bacteria or mold.  There is still a chance that they can grow mold, but you toss the gel when these lose their scent anyway.  


I wanted to have two different scents, so I made two smaller 4-ounce jars.  You can make them the same scent or use different scents.

For my bath, I used Apple Pie Spice essential oil blend.  It's a blend of cassia, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom.  Although it doesn't have apple in it, it does smell like an apple pie baking.  It's very crisp, just like an apple pie.  

I also used Happiness essential oil blend.  It's a light, fresh blend.  I wanted to put it in my office, so I wanted something, well, happy because I have a lot of people coming in and out of my office.  

Happiness is a blend of:
  • Patchouli
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Ylang ylang
  • Amyris
  • Cassia
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Magnolia
  • Lemon
  • Myrhh
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Rose
You can use any essential oil or blend that you'd like.  Some fun ones would be lemon, lime, or vanilla.  


The wood inserts aren't absolutely necessary, but if you don't have a lid on these DIY gel air fresheners, they will dry out quicker.  

I just love the looks of these wood inserts.  I used them in my DIY natural air freshener with baking soda.  You could even paint them or ink them, but I like the look of natural wood.  




Heat 3/4 cup water and the salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until salt is completely dissolved.


Slowly add the gelatin and stir well.  

I barely tapped the gelatin pack to just sprinkle it on while I stirred.  If you add it too quickly, it will clump.  Stir until completely dissolved.  I used a whisk.


Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup water.


Carefully pour into the mason jars.  This recipe made just over two 4-ounce mason jars.  


Add up to 1 teaspoon essential oil per jar.  

You can also add 1-2 drops of food coloring if you want.  I added 2 red to the apple pie spice and 1 red and 1 blue to the Happiness blend.  I used a skewer to stir them so I didn't stain or get oils on a spoon.  

Let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours, and now you have a DIY gel air freshener.  

These will dry out, but the wood insert helps them last longer.  

My son thought they were gelatin, so be sure to keep them out of reach of children while they are setting up and when you display them.  The gelatin and salt are natural, but it's probably not good to ingest that much essential oils.  

When it loses its scent, toss the gel and make a new batch.

Not ready to DIY?  Try a handmade smelly jelly from Etsy!

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.