Essential Oil Gel Fresheners

by Merissa on February 7, 2012

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I found the idea to make these air fresheners while wandering around Pinterest the other day. Natural products that I already have on hand = pretty smelling room? I'm in!

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Gel Air Freshener

What you need:

  • 2 c. water
  • 1 ounce unflavored gelatin
  • 30 or so drops of essential oils
  • 1 T. salt

Start by picking out which essential oil you want to use. I didn't have too many "pretty" scents on hand but I did find a pure orange that I use to add to scent my cleaners. I got my oils from Azure Standard but Mountain Rose Herbs also has a very good variety. You can use any combination you want but after looking through Mountain Rose Herbs I might try a combo of grapefruit/ginger next time!

Bring to a boil 1 cup water. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and whisk well. Make sure you are adding the gelatin slowly and getting it incorpoated in well or it will leave clumps. Also, learn from my mistakes and don't try to photo yourself adding the gelatin in, you will not be able to stir at all and may have to start over. ;)

As far as my gelatin goes...you can add those little packets that are kinda expensive at the grocery store.

Or you can look into getting gelatin in bulk. I keep bulk gelatin on hand to make emergency kitten food.

Add in the second cup of water and the salt and mix well. Turn off the heat.

Add about 30 drops (depends on how strong you want the freshener to smell) to the bottom of your jar. You can use any glass jar, this would be a great way to use up old baby food jars!

Add in the gelatin mixture on top of the oils and stir well. Let it cool until the gel firms up.

Place in the room or area you'd like to smell pretty, that's it!

Adapted from Foodie With Family.
Linked at Frugal Days, Your Green Resource.

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1 Jennifer February 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That’s really cool….

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2 Staci Moore Michalicek February 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I’ve been wanting something like this! Can’t wait to try it this week!

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3 Missy February 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Would you be able to use these on a candle warmer?

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4 Merissa February 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

They actually don’t need to be warmed up. :)

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5 Kylie February 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

How neat! I can’t wait to try this sometime! I think I’ll put a lid on one with poked holes and stick it in the van too. :)

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6 Kelly February 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

How long does the scent last before you need to remake it?

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7 Deb Thomas February 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

wow, i love this. made mine lemon and citrus fresh…this is a keeper!!

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8 gina February 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Do these dissolve over time or become insect catchers? I just wonder what becomes of them as time goes on. Awesome idea tho’, can’t wait to try it.

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9 Merissa February 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

They dissolve. You could also put a lid on them with poked holes so it doesn’t become an insect catcher:)

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10 Heather :) :) :) February 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

That looks great!!! It would make a really nice gift, too :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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11 Michele February 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Mine formed mold before it was 1/4 melted. Maybe 1 week. I used tea tree and tons of salt.

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12 Kathy K March 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

New to this site thank you.

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13 laurie March 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

can this be used with sticks as room freshener??

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14 Merissa March 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I think maybe you are looking for a reed diffuser recipe? http://www.littlehouseliving.com/make-your-own-reed-diffuser.html

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15 Diane August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

This was my third attempt and it seems to have turned out perfect with no lumps! I poured the mixture into 6 empty baby food jars, with a different essential oil in each, poked holes in the lids (with a hammer and nail on wood) and labeled them… very excited to give as gifts!

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16 Monica April 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hi Merissa, I made this and it smells really nice. but when I put it into a closed room It didn’t seem to leave a scent in the air. You have to get close up and have a smell of it. I used a small jam jar which has a smaller opening than the base. I wonder if that made the difference.
Ps I have tried so many of your wonderful ideas and I am loving them. Thanks so much for your site.
Blessings Mon

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17 Brandy Kaiser May 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I’m so excited about these, but can you tell me how long it takes to set up. Mine seem to be very loose still, made them about an hour ago. Thanks

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18 Merissa May 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I can’t remember exactly how long but it did take longer than an hour for mine to set up. Maybe stick it in the fridge to help it get there faster!

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19 sylvie October 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Can you add colouring??

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20 Merissa October 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Yes you can.

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21 Carolyn October 14, 2013 at 6:45 am

This is a great idea! I love an idea for a natural room freshner!! I bet if you added a thieves type (cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus) blend it would help kill germs in the air too!

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22 Merissa October 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I bet you are right!

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23 Kelley January 23, 2014 at 5:44 am

I make these and use eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender. I make the sent strong. Keep a lid on it til use. When the grandbabies or anyone has a stuffy nose and chest set it next to the bed. Helps breathing.

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24 Kelley January 23, 2014 at 6:03 am

I have made these for about 2 years. I use eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary making very strong. Keep lid on it til needed. When you have a stuffy nose n chest open bar and set next to your bed.

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