How to Make Car Air Fresheners From Scratch

April 5th, 2019 by

A few bottles of essential oil next to a towel, with flower petals strewn about.

Whether you’re gearing up for a road trip or just want to improve your daily commute, creating a DIY air freshener is a great way to enjoy a more relaxing, comfortable ride! There are several easy and long-lasting methods to choose from, and CarHop has created a step-by-step guide to each.

Method One: Clay Disc and Essential Oil

If you’re a fan of essential oils, you might already know that clay discs can hold and disperse their scents for weeks at a time. Once you’ve procured your favorite essential oil and picked up a few clay discs at a local craft store, creating the air freshener is a two-step process:

  1. Take a generous amount of essential oil, and gently rub it onto the clay disc. You’ll need to use a considerable amount of oil, but if you find the scent isn’t strong enough, you can always add more later. We think it’s better to err on the side of caution.
  2. After the oils have had a chance to soak in, all you need to do is place the finished product in your car!

Method Two: Felt and Herbs

There’s no reason to purchase a lemongrass or lavender-scented air freshener when you can create a simple, natural air freshener with herbs you already have in your kitchen! Gather up the following items before you get started:

  • Felt in your favorite color
  • A pair of scissors and a hole punch
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • String or yarn
  • Your chosen herbs

Next, you’ll fashion the felt into a small baggie and tie it up with the herbs inside:

  1. Cut out two pieces of felt with identical shapes and sizes.
  2. Sew the pieces together on three sides.
  3. Deposit your chosen herbs inside, then sew up the top.
  4. To create a way to hang your air freshener, punch a hole near the top of the baggie.
  5. Draw the string through the hole, then tie it in a small loop. Make sure there’s enough room to get it around your rearview mirror!

If the scent starts to wear out, simply crinkle the felt pouch in your hand to restore some of the original potency.

Method Three: Mason Jar and Essential Oil

If you’d rather not advertise your car air freshener to the world outside, you can create a mason jar air freshener and store it out of view, under the passenger seat or in a rear cup holder. In order to complete this craft, you’ll need each of the following:

  • A standard mason jar
  • A small piece of cardboard and a nail
  • Baking soda
  • Your favorite essential oil

With each of these in hand, you’re ready to get started:

  1. Take the lid off the mason jar, and trace the edge of the flat metal circle on your cardboard.
  2. Poke small holes in the cardboard using your nail.
  3. Fill up half of the jar with your baking soda.
  4. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil. A little goes a long way here!
  5. Replace the flat metal part of the lid with your cardboard circle. Then screw the top of the lid on tightly.
  6. Your mason jar car air freshener is ready to go!

When made correctly, this DIY air freshener is one of the cheapest and easiest odor elimination techniques.

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