There is nothing I hate more than the smell of mustiness (think pool) in the car. There are however, a few choice scents that I adore! Sure we can go to the store and buy that 3 pack of air fresheners, but there are so many chemicals and toxins, and I can bet you my lucky dollar that you never ever find your favorite scent. I’ve partnered with Newark Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge to bring you these 6 DIY car air fresheners, that are easy to do, easy on your pockets, and last a lot longer.
Things you will need:
- Wooden Clothes Pin
- Essential Oils – of your choice
- Ground Coffee or Whole Coffee Beans
- Muslin Bags or Cloths
- Baking Soda
- Scent cones (of your choice_
- Pomander Balls (scent of your choice or plain)
- Citrus Peels (oranges, lemons, limes, etc)
- Hot Glue Gun
Now you can get super creative and very easily too. Here’s six that I’ve done and even my husband loves in his car!
1. Baking Soda. This one is really simple, if you’re the one who is running around with the kids all day – everyday, and there are smelly sports bags in your trunk, simply put a box of baking soda in your trunk (open the box according to instructions). It will absorb all odors, and I mean ALL odors. Now you’re ready to get some aromatherapy started in your car.
2. Wooden Clothes Pins. So we’ve all seen those little clip on fresheners right? Well I have an easy one for you! Take a wooden clothes pin (or more) and use your favorite essential oil scent. Use about 3 or 4 drops. Place the drops directly onto the clothes pins. It will absorb it. You can even put 3 drops on one side and 3 on the other. Once they’re dry clip them onto your vent and voila! You now have clip on air fresheners.
3. Felt and Cardboard. You can cut the cardboard and felt into any shape you’d like: squares, circles, triangles, hearts, flowers, etc. Glue the felt onto both sides of the cardboard and punch a hole near the top and run some twine through the hole. Tie it into a loop. Now place 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil on both sides of your cut out and you’re ready to hang it in your car.
4. Coffee and Muslin. This has to be one of the easiest things to do. In a muslin bag, place your choice of ground or whole coffee beans. In the bag you can also add some scented cones. An example of a scent combination would be whole coffee beans (Dark roast) and rose scented cones. You can either buy the cones already scented, or you can buy unscented crafting cones and add the scent yourself. Tie the bag with the twine and you can either place it under your seat or hang it.
5. Citrus and Cloves. If you’re not a fan of having fresh fruit in your car, you can always dry out the citrus peels. You dry them in your oven at very low heat if you don’t have a dehydrator. In a muslin bag, add the citrus peels and cloves. Tie the bag and you’re ready to use!
6. Pomander Ball. Just like you purchased unscented cones, you can purchase unscented pomander balls, or you can make one yourself. You can buy a foam ball and attach pretty fabric or flowers to it. You can then glue a twine loop to it and add your favorite essential oil to it. You can then place it under your seat or hang it.
By making these Air fresheners yourself, you are are in control of how strong the scent is. You are also in control of what products are being used. Not to mention that you’re saving money, since essential oils do last a little longer than store bought fresheners. Now go get creative and have fun!
Creating your own car air fresheners is fun, cost effective, and it is a great way to keep your car smelling fresh and clean.