Monday, September 5, 2011

Homemade Gel Air Fresheners!

With 4 boys, 2 dogs, 2 husbands and a couple of cats between us - you sometimes need a little air freshener! But having 4 boys. 2 dogs, 2 husbands and a couple of cats, we worry about someone eating, licking or inhaling something that is not so good for them. So we loved this idea (and wondered why we hadn't thought of it ourselves) of making a gel air freshener out of unflavored gelatin! Safe for kids and pets!

You can customize your air freshener with any essential oil you like and use any glass container!

What you need:

  • one package unflavored gelatin

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • essential oil (15-20 drops depending on the scent)

  • small glass jar or bowl - this recipe makes one cup of liquid

  • 1 Tbl. salt (helps prevent mold)

  • food coloring - optional
So Easy! All you do is mix the ingredients together in a heatproof bowl. You want to make the essential oils to be a little stronger smelling than you would normally like. It will smell less as it cools. Let the gelatin dissolve. Stir and pour the liquid into the glass container of your choice. We decided to use some shot glasses and then place them all around the living room.

We found we preferred ours with no food coloring. They are less noticeable that way. The gel is slightly yellow when it firms up.

The air fresheners should last about a month!

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  1. Love this and thanks. Just one word of caution since you are concerned with licking and eating ... Some of the oils are really poisonous so choose carefully. Thanks again!!!

  2. What a great idea! I make handcrafted soaps, so I have several of those essential oils on hand! Another good use for them! Aromatherapy in a mug.

  3. This is so cool! Can't wait to make these!!! Thanks!

  4. I love stuff like this! Thanks for posting it!

  5. Awesome idea! I shared on Pinterest and gave you credit on the pin. Thanks for sharing this neat idea. Will have to try to make these with my children.
    :) Colleen

  6. 1 package? I have sheet gelatine, how many sheets will do?

  7. I have made these and loved them! However, about a week or two later, mine grew mold even though I added the salt. Do I have to add more next time? 2 Tbsp?