Bad odors are part of everyday life. Sometimes they are caused by cooking aromas, dirt from pets or simply by humidity accumulated in closed spaces. The truth is that we battle the stench with disinfectant products, scented candles and even chemical air fresheners that disguise the odor but do not make it go away.
The good fortune is that there is baking soda, and environmentally friendly product widely used in household chores. From cleaning, disinfection and even in the kitchen. What you didn’t know is that this powder has properties capable of neutralizing the particles responsible for the stench. For this reason, they are an infallible ally when making natural aromatizers with a double function: to eliminate the stench and to aromatize the environment.
If you have doubts about this subject and want to know how to take advantage of this product so that your rooms have a pleasant smell, this article will interest you. Here we show you how to make a homemade air freshener with baking soda and other easily accessible and inexpensive ingredients. You will be surprised by its effectiveness!
How to make a long-lasting homemade air freshener with baking soda?
Almost all commercial air fresheners have the function of releasing sweet smells that cover the stench, but, unfortunately, they fail to mitigate it completely. This is where baking soda comes into play; its composition makes it an effective deodorizer, safe and free of harmful chemicals both to yourself and the environment.
You can make your own home air fresheners with baking soda by combining it with substances that give off a scent you like, either essential oils, aromatic herbs or a little fabric softener.
Homemade air freshener with baking soda and essential oils
In addition to the baking soda, you will need basic products such as a container, a ribbon (string or garter), thin cloth or paper andsome essential oil of the scent of your choice – my favorites are lavender, peppermint and lemon – (you can even mix two or more scents). This is the procedure:
- Fill half a glass jar with baking soda.
- Add 15 to 20 drops of the chosen essential oil.
- Mix the ingredients well with a spoon or chopstick until combined.
- Cover the jar with the cloth or paper and seal it with the string to prevent it from uncorking. The idea is that the baking soda does not spill out, but that it can release the aroma.
- Shake it and place it on a table or countertop in the room you want to set the mood.
- From time to time, shake it to emanate the smell and, if over the weeks it loses its effect and does not refresh the environment, get rid of it and prepare a new one.
Note: to intensify the intensity of the aroma, add some additional aromatic herbs. Some alternatives are basil leaves, mint or rose petals.
Baking soda spray air freshener
The absorption capacity of bicarbonate is the reason why it is such a valuable element. This procedure is similar to the previous one but with slight differences and a different application.
- In a bowl, mix a heaping tablespoon of baking soda and 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice.
- Stir with a spoon until both ingredients come together.
- Put this mixture in a spray bottle. For this step help yourself with a spoon or a small funnel to prevent accidents.
- Once this is done, fill the bottle with distilled water and shake well so that all the elements are completely mixed.
- Close the bottle and that’s it! Now you have your DIY natural air freshener. Spray it in the rooms you want to scent or apply it directly to objects, such as smelly shoes or a damp sofa.
Homemade air freshener with fabric softener and baking soda
If you don’t have herbs, plants or essential oils on hand and you want to make the homemade baking soda air freshener impregnates the place with a pleasant fragrance, replace the essential oil with a little fabric softener, regardless of whether it is the spray method or the plate-on-counter method. The results are very good!
Finally, we remind you that citrus scents such as lemon or orange are ideal for the kitchen. On the other hand, if it is for the bathroom, use eucalyptus or rosemary fragrances to counteract the stench of the plumbing. And if you don’t have time to make your own air freshener, open a box or container of baking soda and leave it on a table in the room to mitigate the stench.