Eliminate stinky odors from your car with this DIY car freshener with essential oils. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and is 100% toxin-free!
Homemade Car Freshener with Essential Oils
I don’t know about your car but with two teenage boys (no offense, guys), my car can use some freshening often.
Especially with summer around the corner. For us, summertime means lots of traveling which means lots of eating in the car which can leave lingering odors behind.
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I’m not a huge fan of those dangling, tree, air fresheners because although they definitely make the car smell good they tend to only mask the odor rather than eliminate it.
Plus, they always give me an enormous headache. As do other artificially scented car air fresheners.
Is Car Freshener Bad for Your Health?
I’m not entirely sure if store-bought car freshener is bad for your health. I’ve done a ton of research on candles and indoor air freshener and it’s pretty clear they both can have negative effects on your health.
So I am a little suspicious of store-bought car freshener.
After doing a little bit of research, I discovered that most car air fresheners are made with VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are synthetic compounds that can stay suspended in the air.
According to the EPA exposure to VOCs can cause headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage, cancer, and more.
No wonder they always gave me a headache!
Car Air Freshener without Chemicals
So like so many other toxic products in my life, I chose to ditch it and switch it for a DIY version. And out of concern for the health of you and your family, I suggest you do too!
The best part about it is it not only smells amazing, but the baking soda actually absorbs unpleasant odors as well.
So the freshener doesn’t just mask the stench, it eliminates it.
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DIY Car Freshener Ingredients
When it comes to ditching and switching toxic products, I’m all about simplicity. The simpler the better.
I don’t want to have to buy 20 ingredients and spend tons of money. That’s why I love this homemade car freshener so much.
It literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and probably costs around $1 to make.
You can use whatever combination of essential oils you like. Although, I do have my all-time favorite Anthropologie blend below if you would like to try it.
How To Make Car Freshener
To make this super, simple DIY add the baking soda to a small bowl. The amount of baking soda will depend on the size of the jar you plan to use.
I use a 12oz jar. So I use about a cup and a half of baking soda.
Then you’ll need to add the essential oils. The amount of essential oil will also depend on the size of the jar you plan to use. For a 12oz jar, I recommend 35-45 drops of essential oil.
If you use a larger jar than you’ll want to use more baking soda and essential oils and if you use a smaller jar than you’ll want to use less.
Like I mentioned earlier, you can use whatever combination of essential oils you prefer. If you would like to try my Anthropologie inspired scented car freshener blend the recipe is below.
Anthropologie Inspired Car Freshener Blend
- 15 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 8 drops geranium essential oil
- 7 drops spruce black essential oil
- 15 drops orange essential oil
I’m obsessed with this scent and I know you will be too! Everyone who gets in my car falls in love with it.
When you have finished adding all the ingredients to the bowl, use a spoon to mix well. Then pour the mixture into the jar, attach lid, and you’re done!
Pour into jar
Just remember to make sure the lid is perforated. You can create the holes yourself by hammering small nails through the lid or you can buy these lids.
Or you can buy jars like these.
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How To Use Homemade Car Freshener with Essential Oils
To use this homemade car freshener I just set the jar in one of the cup holders in my car. That’s it.
The essential oils may need to be reapplied about every 2-3 weeks or so. Whenever the scent isn’t as strong as you would like feel free to add more oils.
I recommend replacing the baking soda every 2-3 months. But it really depends on the level of stinkiness in your car….lol. As soon as you start to notice it’s not working anymore, it’s time to replace the baking soda.
Well I hope this homemade car air freshener makes your commute or road trips just a tad more pleasant. There is nothing worse than driving in a stinky car.
Now you can keep your car smelling great without chemicals! Share your favorite car freshener essential oil combinations in the comments below 🙂