Easy Non-Toxic Natural Air Freshener

My workout of choice is boxing. And thanks to the fact that I sometimes leave my boxing gloves and wraps in my car overnight, it smells like my favorite workout is boxing. The other day, I realized that I should not only try harder to take my gear out of my car every night, but I should also make a quick, natural, non-toxic air freshener to keep in there for those nights when I’m too wiped out to remember.

I am a big fan of Sophie Uliano’s book Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products and when I picked it up last winter, I read it cover to cover about 3 times. She is an amazing woman. I remember her having a recipe for a natural air freshener using vodka in there somewhere. The other night, I had 20 minutes left to spare before I had to leave for class, and an agenda to make some non-toxic air freshener before I left. Frustratingly, I couldn’t find the exact recipe in Sophie’s book, but I did have a box of organic essential oils, a 1 oz. dark glass spray bottle and some organic vodka left over from the YU launch party.

So, mix, bang, boom—easy non-toxic air freshener. Out the door and made it to class on time, in a ride smelling like a box of flowers.

There are many scent combinations that you can make. This particular recipe uses geranium, ylang ylang, neroli and sweet orange essential oils. See the other scent recommendations and ideas at the bottom of this post or read up about the aromatherapy properties of different essential oils to make a choice that suits you.

Makes: 1 oz.
Preparation Time: 10 mins

1 oz. dark glass spray bottle
Small glass mixing bowl
Measuring spoons
Plastic funnel or a plastic baggie

Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
1 tbsp + 1 tsp organic vodka
1 drop sweet orange essential oil
1 drops neroli essential oil
2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil

Let’s get started:
Mix all of your ingredients in a small glass bowl. Using a plastic funnel (or the corner of a plastic baggie with both ends cut, the smaller being stuffed into jar) pour your mixture into a blue or amber glass spray bottle. Cap and use.


1. This makes a great holiday gift. Create a set of different scents and package them in a cute vintage or unique box with tied labels.
2. Try some different scent combinations like vanilla and sweet orange, lavender and lemon, rose absolute and vetiver.

Have fun and share with us your suggestions and what YU come up with!

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  1. heather- i LOVE this idea!! There really couldn’t be a better way to make use of extra vodka kicking around… going to make some tonight for my car too- i can’t stand stinky car and i can’t stand air fresheners – but this. this is super.

  2. Joy

    Is there something cheaper to use instead of wasting good vodka? I’d rather drink that. 😉

    • Haha Joy 😉 A). I wouldn’t call it “wasting,” you are just using it for another purpose—really only 1 shot worth. B). You could try a mixture of aluminum-free baking soda and water. Have fun.

  3. Very interesting article! I usually use diffuser, but I will try making a room spray as well, I love essential oils and I am using them in many many different ways!

  4. Melissa

    I have made this two times now and love it. I actually put lemon, orange and clementine peels in the vodka and let them soak for three days then strain into a diffuser. Great idea! Love the fact of no chemicals, made this for Christmas gifts for my friends.

  5. Melissa

    Oops , I said diffuser when I meant to say spray bottle.

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