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DIY Vodka Room Spray With Essential Oils (Vanilla Latte, Cola, Mulled Cider & More)

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Learn to make DIY room spray with essential oils. Say goodbye to toxic air fresheners! This natural recipe uses vodka instead of witch hazel for a truly long-lasting scent. No rubbing alcohol. Read on to learn how to safely scent your home with a homemade essential oil room spray.

DIY vodka essential oil room spray without witch hazel

Last Updated February 26, 2020

Store bought room sprays and deodorizers may smell good, but they can be very bad for your upper respiratory system as well as your overall health.

Common ingredients in these products include formaldehyde, phthalates, and dangerous aerosol propellants such as butane and propane — not to mention the thousands of other endocrine-disprupting chemicals that are not required to be disclosed on the product’s label. Exposure to these ingredients has been linked to cancer, pulmonary damage, asthma, and skin issues, among other concerns.

Scent your home safely with a DIY room spray

It doesn’t matter how clean your house is — sometimes odours happen, and essential oils are a great way to lightly fragrance your home without dangerous chemicals.

Essential oil room sprays are one of the simplest luxuries you can make at home, and can easily be spritzed in areas of your home prone to odours, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. While a diffuser also works wonderfully to safely scent your home, homemade room sprays are an affordable alternative to purchasing a diffuser. They’re also a great way to enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Natural DIY essential oil room spray

Our DIY essential oil room spray styled with bohemian bowl

Creating our DIY room spray is simple, and only requires 3 accessible ingredients – vodka, distilled water, and your favourite essential oils. You will also need a glass spray bottle for dispensing. We recommend choosing a dark coloured glass bottle (such as the amber one pictured in this post). A dark cobalt blue coloured glass bottle works as well. The dark colour of the glass will prevent light and UV rays from breaking down the essential oils.

Keep in mind that it’s recommended that you never use plastic spray bottles for your DIY room spray or any other recipe that contains essential oils. The potent essential oils can erode the bottle, causing the chemicals in the bottle to leach into the product. Definitely not what you want if you’re trying to avoid toxins.

DIY Vodka Room Spray

Learn to make DIY room spray with essential oils. This natural recipe uses vodka instead of rubbing alcohol for a long-lasting, non-toxic scent that won't harm your health.
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Green Living
Cuisine: DIY Products
Servings: 1 bottle
Author: Kim & Kyla @ A Life Adjacent

What You'll Need

  • 1 part distilled water
    distilled water is required to maintain freshness
  • 1 part vodka
    the alcohol helps to disperse the essential oils into the water as well as acts as a preservative
  • 20-30 drops essential oils
    see our recipe suggestions below
  • Dark glass spray bottle
  • Mason jar
    with lid for mixing
  • Small funnel


  • To begin, gather your (sterilized) supplies. In a mason jar, combine the vodka and the essential oils, using a essential oil combination of your choice. (Some oil combo suggestions are below.)
  • With the lid on your mason jar, shake the mixture vigorously. The essential oils won't mix into the water on their own, but when diluted in the vodka first, they will combine more efficiently. This is why it's important to only add the distilled water AFTER shaking the oils into the vodka. The alcohol will also help the scent linger longer, as well act as a preservative. (Also, please note, cheap vodka works just as well as the more expensive brands.)
    You should also shake your room spray prior to spritzing, so that the essential oils remain distributed in the liquid. We like to reuse little glass spritzer bottles for our room sprays but affordable bottles can also be purchased online, such as these ones.


Warning: Be careful with darker coloured essential oils (such as vanilla oleoresin) as they are more likely to stain fabrics, rugs and carpets. Also, don’t spritz your room spray on, or near wood furniture.


Some DIY room spray recipe favourites

Mulled Orange Cider Room Spray

This essential oil combination is lovely for fall and Christmas.

15 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
10 drops Orange or Sweet Orange Essential Oil
5 drops Clove Essential Oil

DIY mulled cider holiday room spray with essential oils

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Room Spray

This delicious essential oil blend smells just like a warm cup of peppermint hot cocoa.

15 drops Cacao Absolute
7 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

DIY peppermint hot cocoa room spray with essential oils

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

This fall favourite brings the sweet and spicy aroma of pumpkin spice into any room of your home! Alternatively, you can also buy a pre-made pumpkin spice essential oil blend.

15 drops Copaiba Resin
15 drops Vanilla Oleoresin
5 drops Cardamom Essential Oil
2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
2 drops Ginger Essential Oil
2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
2 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil

DIY pumpkin spice room spray

Sweet Cola Room Spray

15 drops Lime Essential Oil
10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Vanilla Latte Room Spray

15 drops Coffee Essential Oil
15 drops Vanilla Essential Oil

DIY homemade air freshener room spray with essential oils

Homemade room spray styled with small wooden pineapple bowl and marble gold-edged coasters

Vanilla Cola Room Spray

15 drops Lime Essential Oil
10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
5 drops Vanilla Essential Oil

Tropical Room Spray

10 drops of Lime Essential Oil
10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
10 drops Vanilla Essential Oil

Have you ever tried to make your own DIY room spray? How do you safely scent your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tuesday 11th of August 2020

I can’t find the size of the spray bottle in the post. 2oz? 4 oz? I can’t wait to make these recipes. They sound wonderful. Thanks, Bonnie


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Hi Bonnie! The spray bottle we used and which is pictured is a 4oz bottle. Hope that helps and we hope you enjoy our room spray recipes! We will update the post with the size. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Amanda Klecker

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Those combinations sound AMAZING! What a fun gift to give too! I'm going to pin this so I can try these scent combinations later on -- thank you so much for sharing!


Monday 11th of March 2019

Hi Amanda, We are glad you enjoyed the scent combinations! Thanks for reading and sharing!


Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Love making my own room sprays! I didn't know about the dark colour of the glass to keep out the uv rays that's super interesting. My fave blend has got to be lavender peppermint, but I'll be trying that tropical blend ;)

Kim and Kyla

Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Lavender peppermint is a very relaxing combo. We'd love to hear how it goes with the Tropical spray! ?

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