I’ve always been a frugal person and was “Green” before it became popular. To me, saving money and making earth-friendly products at home go hand-in-hand. Over the years I’ve had times where I got lazy and decided to buy various eco-safe cleaners or deodorizes but they’re usually expensive, don’t always work well, and often smell weird. Through trial and error I found what worked best. Here are my favorite tips for making DIY air fresheners.
Room Air Freshener
I love when my house smells good. With cats, a dog, and a boyfriend who occasionally smokes, it was a chore to try to keep the place fresh. For years I relied on products like Febreze, but they’re loaded with chemicals and cost too much. Now I make my own. They cost only cents, most people have the items already around the house, and they smell amazing!
Grated peel of a lime, lemon, orange or grapefruit (any citrus fruit)
½ cup baking soda
Small decorative bowl
Mix the grated peel and baking soda right in the bowl and place the bowl on a table or shelf where the odors are strongest. I always keep one on a low shelf near the cat box. Replace as often as needed. I put a fresh bowl out weekly.
1 tsp. lemon, vanilla, or mint extract (or whichever scent you prefer)
8oz empty spray bottle
Fill the spray bottle almost to the top with water. Add the extract. Put the lid on and shake well. To use, simply spray it in the air wherever needed. I like using different scents during the year. Around the holidays I’ll add maple extract. In summer I like citrus scents.
Garbage Disposals Freshener
I have a love/hate relationship with my garbage disposal. I love that I don’t have to scoop food out of the sink and throw it in the trash. (My kids are notorious for putting plates with food still on them in the sink!) I can just turn on the disposal and job done. The one thing I hate though is how smelly it gets after awhile. Here are two ways of keeping the sink smelling fresh for only pennies.
1 box baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
Pour the box of baking soda down into the garbage disposal. Pour in the cup of vinegar. The mixture will foam and bubble up. Let this sit for about 15 minutes then turn on the hot water and run the disposal for half a minute. This is not only cheap and nontoxic, but the sink will smell fresh and it helps to keep pipes clean from buildup as well.
Citrus peels (lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange, whatever you have)
Put the citrus peels into the garbage disposal and add about ten ice cubes. Run the disposal and hot water for about 30 seconds. The ice cubes will loosen any food that’s stuck in the garbage disposal blades and the citrus peels leave the sink and the entire kitchen smelling great!
Making frugal and Green products at home is easy and so incredibly cheap. There’s no reason to pay all that money on store products.