Homemade Air Fresheners: Room & Carpet Deodorizers

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This post is part 2 of 2 in the series Homemade Air Fresheners

 Easy Air Freshener & Carpet Deodorizer

Continuing with our homemade air freshener series, this week we’re making super simple DIY room and carpet deodorizers! With just baking soda and some essential oils, you can make one of these easy homemade air fresheners for each room in your house, in no time!

Commercial air-fresheners are filled with toxic chemicals that are so overpowering and let’s face it, they don’t really get rid of odors. Instead, they just mask the odors with a super-fruity, synthetic scent. That’s not to mention all the health problems they can cause for some people, especially those with allergies and other sensitivities. So after you ditch the commercial air fresheners, give this super easy, insanely cheap, homemade option a try!


First, you’ll need some small glass jars. Mason jars work great because their lids can be removed and replaced with thick card stock or decorative paper, then you’ll just poke some holes in your new lid and you’re good to go. Some folks have actually punched holes directly into their metal lids (but I cherish my lids too much to do that to them ;)). Another option is to use some nice thin scrap fabric. You can also go with something like a parmesan cheese shaker or spice shaker as well. 

My friend also shared with me these lovely decorative mason jar lids which I thought were pretty neat!

Then, fill your jars about one-third to one-half full with some baking soda. Baking soda has so many uses and is known for its great deodorizing and neutralizing properties, which makes it the perfect ingredient in an air freshener. Instead of masking odors, baking soda neutralizes them leaving the surrounding areas smelling like, well…nothing. And nothing is a great thing!

But if you want to add a little something, essential oils are where it’s at! Add about 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, stir it up with the baking soda, then cover your jar with the lid of your choice. You can certainly leave out the essential oils, but your freshener may not work as well in areas with stronger odors like the bathroom.

Easy Air Freshener & Carpet Deodorizer

Use as a Room Deodorizer

Place the jars in various areas around the house that need a little extra freshening: the bathroom, kitchen, linen closets, coat closets, even the bedroom and living areas – really any area in the house! When the scent starts to fade, just give the jar a good shake to reactivate the oils and baking soda again.

Use as a Carpet Deodorizer

You can also use this to freshen up your carpets! Just sprinkle it evenly on your carpets, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, then vacuum it up and enjoy the wonderful, natural scent of deodorizing baking soda and essential oils freshening up your room! 

Natural Air Freshener & Carpet Deodorizer
An easy, inexpensive, natural alternative to commercial air fresheners, made with just baking soda and essential oils.
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  1. Baking Soda
  2. Essential Oils
  3. Glass Jars
  4. Lids with holes (or some scrap fabric)
  1. Fill glass jars about 1/3 full with baking soda.
  2. Add about 5-10 drops of essential oils.
  3. Cover jars with lids and place around the house in rooms/areas that need freshening and odor control
To use as a carpet freshener
  1. Just sprinkle evenly on your carpet, wait 5-10 minutes, then vacuum as usual.
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Sarah UmmYusuf is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, , began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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    • Fushikawa says

      Tacky? It is baking soda and essential oil….. How can that get tacky? I suppose she did add a colorant to the baking soda….

  1. Diane says

    Awesome, inexpensive idea for holiday gifts. I am thinking of using the new blue mason
    jars or adding food color if using a clear jar. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Ande B. says

    Thank you for posting such a simple / great / no chemical air freshener. How long do they typically last as air fresheners? Does it depend on the essential oil that you use? :-)

    • says

      Aww, you’re very welcome! It depends not only the oils you use, but more importantly, how tough the odors are that you’re eliminating. But as a general guideline, I usually refresh the oils every 2 months or so, give or take.

  3. says

    I can use the lids and punch holes. I am one of those that save my jar lids after I open a jar of food. After the jar is washed, I put the old lid back on to keep the jars clean.

  4. says

    Love this! It pains me to imagine how harmful those air conditioners could be! To think, I always swear by them. Homemade stuff always get my fancy. Thank you for this one.


  1. […] With just two simple and natural ingredients – baking soda and essential oil in the scent of your choice – you can create your very own carpet and room deodorizer for much less than commercial deodorizers, plus it’s natural and safe! Fill some small jars about 1/3 to 1/2 full with baking soda (any jar that can sprinkle powder through the lid is fine, such as mason jars with holes punched in the lids, or hole-cut cardboard lids sized to fit the mason jar), then add 5-10 drops of your favorite scented essential oil. Stir, then top the jar with the lid. As a room freshener, the jar can simply sit in the room; give it a shake when the scent starts to fade. As a carpet deodorizer, you can sprinkle directly onto your carpets, let sit for 5-10 minutes, then vacuum up to enjoy the new, fresh smell. {found on naturesnurtureblog}. […]

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