DIY Air Freshener With Floral Scent

7 Materials
5 Minutes

This homemade air freshener with baking soda and floral scent is such a fun solution to make!

I shared a little behind the scenes on this a few months ago on instagram, and everyone was curious what it was going to be. I am excited to share it with you today.

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  • 1/2 cup Vodka
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 15 drops rosewater concentrate oil
  • 10 drops geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • Glass Spray Bottle


  1. Add water, vodka, and baking soda to a glass spray bottle.
  2. Add in the essential oils.
  3. Give the bottle a good shake before each spray.

  Why do we use vodka instead of rubbing alcohol?? Click this link to learn more about why this is used and the science behind the solution.

IMPORTANT! Shake well before reach use to make sure oils and baking soda are incorporated!

 Are you wondering WHY these particular ingredients are used, don't miss the science based explanations in the blog post on!

This solution will stay fresh and ready to spray for a few weeks. The reason this is made in a smaller amount, is so you can use it up within a few weeks.

DIY air fresheners and cleaners do best when they are fresh. Use this up within 3 weeks for optimum freshness.

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  • Peg Lewis Peg Lewis on Feb 27, 2020

    Do you have to use vodka? Or can you use a certain kind of alcohol?

  • Terri Corbin McKey Terri Corbin McKey on Mar 03, 2020

    Must you use a glass spray bottle? Why not plastic?

  • Beth Beth on Oct 10, 2021

    So it’s best NOT to use alcohol and use vodka? The ingredients list looks to have rubbing alcohol listed, so just wanted to double check. Thanks

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  • William William on Feb 22, 2020

    Your blend would make for a good air freshener. I make scented sprays using just cheap vodka and essential oils. The vodka evaporates and the scent remains. I use it as a room spray, furniture, carpeting, and clothing I sell on Ebay. I tried with added water but it wet fabric and can harbor mold if it doesn't dry quick enough. The small amount of baking soda wouldn't add much to be effective and can spot fabrics.

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    • Also, we strongly urge not to spray on fabrics as this is an air freshener not a fabric refresher :)

  • Kara Wurtzel Kara Wurtzel on Feb 23, 2020

    Never knew this about vodka! Thanks for the chemistry lesson