Monday, June 28, 2010

Homemade Air Freshener


Living with pets and little boys (and some not-so-little boys aka husbands!), we know a thing or two about those phantom funky smells that seem to creep up now and again around the house. And while commercial air fresheners and odor neutralizers are great, you know we can't resist trying to make our own! This is a recipe we found at Tipnut.com - with only a couple ingredients, it is a fast, effective, and economical way to keep your home smelling fresh! This lightly-scented air freshener is great for not only your wallet, but also your family since there are no weird chemicals in it!

What You Need:
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/8 cup baking soda (as we've mentioned before, baking soda is great for removing odors)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (bottled - even expired! - works fine too)
Dissolve your baking soda completely in the hot water. Then add your lemon juice. Be careful with this step, as adding the lemon juice can make it erupt like a grade school science project (yeah...it happened to us when we made it). Put your mixture into a spray bottle and get spraying!

**As this has no preservatives in it, try to use it up within a week or so**
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40 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I have 2 dogs and can't smell or taste so I am always worried that the house has a smell when people come over. I will be trying this!

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  3. Good thinking. I usually leave the peels of my oranges and lemons that I've used in a bowl in the kitchen for a few days to help any relieve any of those funky kitchen smells. But, now I can make a spray!! Thanks!!

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  4. This is great information - thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful week! ♥Laurie from Scene of the Grime

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  5. Love this, I will certainly try it out!

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  6. Thanks! I'd love our house not to smell like a giant dog house! :-)

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  7. I am loving your blog! I'm your newest follower. I love trying new homemade and all-natural products! Great work.

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  8. Excellent idea! I hate paying for scented air fresheners and they don't smell all that fresh, just fake. Gotta try this!

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  9. I'll have to try that ~ lemon always makes everything smell fresh & clean !!

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  10. Thanks for the great idea. I've almost always got lemons on hand...and a huge bag of baking soda. I will definitely try this out.

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  11. Love the ideas on your blog! And what a great idea for a chemical-free air freshener!

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  12. I think I will try this and add essentail oils to it. Thanks for the tip!

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  13. Can't wait to try this! We have 2 dogs and 2 kids, too - air freshener is a GOOD thing!

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  14. What a great idea! I'm going to try it!

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  15. Great idea, and so simple. Thanks for sharing it.

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  16. Great idea. I love natural. TFS.

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  17. That's a great tip! I was just chasing phantom scents yesterday! I can't wait to try it out!

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  18. I love the idea of natural scents in the home. These are safe too. :)

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  19. Great tip with stuff I already have at home!

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  20. New spray bottles are now on my list! Can't wait to try this.

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  21. Thank you for this recipe, just what I was after! Happy Transformation Thursday <3

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  22. Thanks for sharing will give this a try so happy that I know what ingredients are in it new follower as well

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  23. Great idea, i will have to try this.

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  24. We live in a small, on-campus apartment...so when we cook, the whole place smells like food hahah. This is a great idea to freshen it up!

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  25. watch out, the lemon might stain certain things in the house, though...it's an acid after all?! anyhow, that's what I think, not what i know....


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  26. love that it's safe, economical, and I bet it smells wonderful - will be trying this soon!

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  27. Hello...

    What a great idea! I know that baking soda is a great deoderizer and adding the lemon to it would really give it a fresh, clean scent! I'll have to give this a try! I do like the fact that it's all natural...no nasty chemicals! A person with asthma and breathing problems can certainly appreciate that!!! Thank you so much for sharing this great tip with us today for Sunday Favorites! I love this idea!!!

    Have a Happy 4th of July, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  28. Great idea, made with simple ingredients. I need this, with two 'boys' of my own. Ok, so one's a teen & the other, an adult, so they're not really boys...
    Stopping by from Made by You Mondays to say hi!

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  29. This is great! And now I know what to do with those 2 bottles of lemon juice hanging out too long! We love lemon juice, just the fresh kind only! Thanks so very much for being such a loyal party attender at craft Schooling Sunday, I really truly appreciate it!

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  30. Thank You. I will try it out. Sounds great. I'm starting my Spring cleaning in the summer project today.Smile!

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  31. Love it! I always try to keep my house smelling fresh and clean. Can be a little embarrassing when guests come over for a gold party and the place smells funky. :P

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  32. COOL IDEA ! I AM TOTALLY MAKING THAT FOR MY MAKE AND TELL NEXT WEEK AT SCHOOL ! THANKS FOR THE IDEA ! BUT WAIT I NEED TO MAKE 2 AND I ONLY HAVE VERY LITTLE LEMON JUICE ! WELL SO MUCH FOR THAT ! OK GOT TO GO TO THE MARKET ! CHECK YA OUT LATER !

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  33. You can use vodka instead of water to avoid spoilage.

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  34. If it were kept in the refridgerator, would it last longer?

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  35. I like the vodka idea. A few drops of essential oil go a long way too.

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  36. To avoid the eruption, try cooling the sodium bicarbonate solution in the refrigerator before adding the lemon. Also, I would use water, but add a few tablespoons of ethanol (vodka) to keep it fresh and maybe prevent bacteria from growing in it. The pH will probably be too high for that, but just to be safe. Great idea, I will try this in the future.

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  37. This stuff was awesome.. the lady I live with doesn't clean the cat box daily. So the smell from her room was absolutely HORRIBLE. I used like half the solution thoroughly spraying the carpet and air in her room where the litter box is and the smell is pretty much all gone. The house smells fresh again like it should.

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  38. Have a question for you....for some of these cleaning tips using baking soda - could one use the box that we had standing in the fridge? I always feel so bad when I toss it...

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  39. Heidi Lisa, I use my fridge box for scrubbing the stove/pots/bathroom. Once it is finished absorbing fridge odors, I wouldn't use it for odors anywhere else.

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