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Make your own air freshener

Skip the chemicals and refresh your home with the natural scents of essential oils.

By Wendyl Nissen
Lavender

Why would you use a can of air freshener or gel deodoriser if you don’t know what’s inside it? My recipes use essential oils that not only perfume your home but carry mood-enhancing benefits, which can treat symptoms of fatigue, stress and depression.

When I’m making up an air freshener mixture, I sniff the bottles and use whichever ones appeal to me at the time. Here are some recipes to keep your kitchen and bathroom smelling good, while the essential oils will help to get rid of any bugs and germs at the same time.

Vanilla essence One of the simplest ways to make a room smell lovely is to leave some bowls around with vanilla essence in them. It will give your house a welcoming smell.

Light bulbs Dab a bit of essential oil on your light bulb before turning on your lights for a great fragrance, or you can buy rings to hang on your bulb which warm up and disperse oil.

Oil burner An oil burner that holds water with a votive candle under it is a fantastic way to disperse essential oils around a room.

Make your own air freshenerBergamot gives a lovely citrus smell and clove oil, which is highly antiseptic and antiviral, gives a lovely warm, cosy smell.

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ½ cup vodka or gin
  • ½ cup water

  1. Combine in a spray bottle and spray as frequently as you like, avoiding the eyes. You can experiment with your own blend of oils, depending on your needs. Just remember to mix with the vodka or gin and water.

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Image credit: Sarah Callister/ bauersyndication.com.au

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