Spring Scents: 12 DIY Air Fresheners

Spring Scents: 12 DIY Air Fresheners

Laure Joliet
May 16, 2008

Last Fall we blogged about making your own fall air fresheners to battle the shut in feeling of impending winter. Now that it's the spring, we've updated our list to include some fresher, rather than warmer, options to help your home feel clean. Click below to see the springtime ingredients:

It's spring so start with throwing open your windows to move some of that stagnant air around.Then try some of these to boost the energy all around the house:

• Mop the floors with a natural, nice smelling cleaner. We love method and Mrs. Meyer's products for a subtle clean smell and a noticeably clean floor.

• Fresh, fragrant flowers placed in front of a window blows the fresh scent all over the house.

Simmering cinnamon sticks and whole cloves on the stove (add citrus peel or vanilla for a variation) is great for Fall, but for the springtime we need something fresher: try simmering citrus peel and fresh mint or basil (use mint or basil oil if you don't have the fresh stuff).

• Creating a mixture of essential oils, like lavender (one of our favorite fresh smells) and spritzing around the house.

• Putting our favorite perfume or cologne on a light bulb--it smells great everytime you turn it on.

Using vinegar either undiluted in a spray bottle or in a dish out on the counter to absorb odors and freshen the space up.

• For the bathroom we soak a cotton ball in Rosemary oil and keep it in the trash can. Every time the lid come up and down it fills the room with a natural smell. We've also tried dipping it in some Mrs. Meyers Basil soap and leaving that in the trash can. We love it just as much.

Baking anything might work to warm things up in the Fall, but in the springtime we cut some lemons or limes and make fresh squeezed lemon/limeaide and that automatically cleans the kitchen air (bonus points for adding mint).

• If you have a garbage disposal, grind up some citrus peel.

Bath salts in a dish.

• Changing the sheets, leaving our duvet and pillows out in the sun, and spritzing some linen water over the bed make a huge difference in the bedroom.

• Generally in the spring we like to clean out all the dustbunnies from under the bed, clean that corner that's been neglected and, as alway, try to get all garbage and get dirty cat boxes taken care of. Somehow that also seems to clear the air.

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