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.
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.
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
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.
Some DIY room spray recipe favourites
Mulled Orange Cider Room Spray
This essential oil combination is lovely for fall and Christmas.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Room Spray
This delicious essential oil blend smells just like a warm cup of peppermint hot cocoa.
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
Sweet Cola Room Spray
Vanilla Latte Room Spray
Vanilla Cola Room Spray
Tropical Room Spray
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.
More non-toxic recipes for your home
Looking for more non-toxic ideas to fragrance and clean your home? Check these out:
- DIY Chocolate & Roses Room Spray
- Cola Essential Oil Diffuser Blend
- DIY Rose Petal-Infused Vodka Cleaning Spray
- DIY Disinfecting Wipes (Natural & Reusable)
- Mulled Cider Liquid Hand Soap from Bar Soap
- DIY Glass Cleaner without Rubbing Alcohol
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