If there is one thing I love, it’s a nice, clean smell when I walk into a room. It just makes me feel instantly more relaxed. While cleaning the house a few days ago, I was in the store looking over all the chemical air fresheners on the shelf and thought, I can make a cleaner, healthier on myself with little or no chemicals, so I jumped on my phone, right there in the store, to see what I could find. Sure enough, there were a couple of recipes for homemade air fresheners. Lucky for me, the only thing I needed to buy was gelatin, which is much cheaper than the store-bought air fresheners. Since I had everything else I needed at home already, it was a no-brainer. The next thing I needed was a cute, unexpected way to display the air fresheners. I decided on a wine glass and a cute jar, both or which I had gotten at Dollar Tree.
This project is so fun and easy, and you can use almost any waterproof container you own to do this, as long as it can be washed, it’s fair game in my opinion. It does not have to be clear glass, just match your decor.
- 2 Cups water
- Essential oil(s) of your choice
- Alcohol Ink or food coloring.
- Heaping Tbsp salt
- 2 packages unflavored gelatin
- waterproof container
The first thing you want to do is boil half the water (1 Cup) and the salt together. When you have brought the water to a rolling boil, add both packets of gelatin. Stir the water and gelatin together until all gelatin has been completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add the coloring and fragrance if desired. Since I was using two different containers and fragrances, I first poured half of the gelatin mixture into a glass to add the fragrance and mix it well. I used about 25 drops of lavender essential oil and no colorant for the first container. Since the container is colored there was no need to color the gelatin.
After I had the level of scent I wanted I added about half a cup of water and mixed that in with the gelatin. I then poured it into the glass jar.
After you have the gelatin poured into the container, you can set it aside to harden. If you are in a hurry you can also set it in the refrigerator, but keep in mind some of your food may pick up the scent. It will set completely in a couple of hours if left out.
Now for my favorite air freshener ~ the wine glass!
The wine glass came out so stinkin’ cute. When Eric got home he saw it sitting on the end table and asked where I got the red wine from. That alone told me the coloring was just about perfect. See it there, behind Puck’s head?
I had about half of the Gelatin left so I rinsed out the glass I mixed the first batch in (so I would not mix the scents) and poured the rest of the gelatin mixture into it. I then used the Ranger Ink’s Currant (primary) and Cranberry Alcohol Inks until I got a color that resembles Cabernet Sauvignon, my favorite wine. After I got the color I liked I added about 20-25 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil. I then added the remaining water and mixed it thoroughly. I carefully poured this into the wine glass, and waited about 10 minutes until it started setting up. I then took a paper towel and carefully wiped around the inside edge of the glass so it would not show above the liquid line. It smells great and is a wonderful conversation piece.
The salt is important as it acts as a natural preservative to lengthen the life of these air fresheners. Without it they will mold fairly quickly. With the salt they should last 3-4 weeks.