Homemade Air Freshener for Bathrooms and More

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Homemade Air Freshener

This homemade air freshener is a simple, versatile spray you can use to remove odors from any area, not just bathrooms. Put in your purse for on the go use!

Sometimes there are odors that linger in a home. The bathroom is one of the most embarrassing places to have these lingering odors.

Sure, you can cover up smells with commercial air fresheners, but these are full of chemicals you don’t want lingering in your home either. However, a better, natural alternative is a homemade air freshener. Even more, an odor-eliminating bathroom spray that can be kept near the toilet or carried in a bag or purse wherever you go!

Homemade Air Freshener Spray

This is a simple, versatile spray that you can use to remove odors from any area, not just bathrooms. It can also be used in the kitchen for cooking odors, laundry rooms for dirty clothing odors, mudrooms where smelly shoes are lurking, or even bedrooms. Finally, I even use it in my front closet that seems to have a lingering “scent” that probably comes from age.

Ingredients & Supplies


To make your homemade air freshener, fill the bottle ¾ full with distilled water. Tap water may contain minerals that could stain surfaces and could have organisms that could lead to mold and bacterial breakdown. Add about a tablespoon of alcohol. This will help break up the essential oils. (Note: You can use more alcohol in your mixture to help the poo-spray scent to linger a little longer.) Add 15-20 drops of essential oils and shake well. This can be used as a spray mist or a surface spray. Be sure to wipe the surface down after spraying.

Essential Oils

Many essential oils help to eliminate odors and freshen the air. Here are a few of my favorites that will do an excellent job in your homemade air freshener:

For your Poo-Spray, you can use a single oil or a blend of oils, such as rosemary and peppermint. Use whatever scent you like. Essential oils are volatile and tend to evaporate quickly, so you may need to spray the area more than once. Fragrance oils can be added if you prefer the scent, but be sure to use a disinfecting essential oil to eliminate odors and not just cover them up. The stronger the essential oil, the longer it will last.

Bonus: here are some other air freshening ideas to try.

Have you used a homemade air freshener to remove odors? Tell us about it!


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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  1. Raymond Vaczek says

    A small dish with a little ammonia in it, left in a room overnite will nutralize smells. I read this information on the back of a bottle. I have not tried it or know if it is considered safe. Is it okay?