3 Spray Air Freshener Recipes

Here’s a few quick, cheap recipes that I use in our house. These are better for the environment as well as your health than aerosol sprays and they can be made in smaller quantities to take with you on trips! (I’m a little weird about how hotel rooms smell, and don’t get me started about those sheets! LOL).

Orange Bathroom Spray


  • 1/4 cup unflavored vodka (or other high proof liquor)*
  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 cups water
  • spray bottle

Put the liquor and oils in the spray bottle first and shake vigorously to mix. Then fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake again. This one is great for the bathroom. This one really does work well on stinky odors. Shake well before each use.

Lavender Linen Spray

I received a store-bought version of this as a gift once and loved it so much I went back to the store to find it, and was SHOCKED to find out it was $18!


  • 1/4 cup unflavored vodka (or other high proof liquor)*
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp dried lavender flowers (optional)

Same directions as above. Just add the Lavender flowers last. Before you go to sleep at night lightly spray your sheets and pillow. Or spray everything in the morning right before you make up the bed. That night, when you turn down the bed, a lovely scent is released! Shake well before each use.

Living Room Spray


  • 1/4 cup unflavored vodka (or other 100 proof liquor)*
  • 20 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 10 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 3 cups water

Same directions as above. Be careful when spraying this around microfiber, because it can stain. Shake well before each use.

*Liquor is used as a diluting agent. The recipes will still work if you leave it out, but the scent won’t last as long.

  • Do you make your own sprays in your house? what do you use and what do you put them in?
  • I’m trying to come up with a nice scent for my car. Any suggestions?
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31 thoughts on “3 Spray Air Freshener Recipes

  1. Oju

    I do. I make the Lavendar spray but I use about

    1 cup Isoprophyl Alcohol
    1 cup water
    30 drops of lavendar.

    I use it to de-germ a room or the whole house after we’ve been under the weather. The lavendar is naturally anti-viral and anti-bacterial. I’ll have to try that Lemon spray though.

  2. Marjorie

    Thanks for posting! I just stopped using air sprays because I started worrying about the chemicals they were putting in the air. Definitely going to try these.

  3. Savvy

    Hi Marjorie Thanks! Come back and let us all know what scents you used! (Love ur avatar BTW, I’ve been meaning to tell you that on Twitter!)

  4. Tracey

    oooh Savvy – I’m tempted to drink this for after school on a Friday afternoon…. 🙂
    No, seriously, for the car? Try peppermint and orange – I just bought some oil and these scents (according to aromatherapy) help us to pay more attention to what is going on around us! v interesting.
    I think I’ll make the orange one for the bathroom…thanks!

  5. Rana V

    Any recommendations on where to get good essential oils? I’ve begun with making our own laundry detergent, and now that I see this for air freshener I’m excited to try it!!

  6. Savvy

    Hey Rana! You can always get essential oils from the Savvy Shop. Click here. But if you’d like to check out a store near you, try your local Vitamin Shoppe or health food store. AuraCacia is a good brand to try because their oils are pretty much undiluted, BUT they can be expensive. NOW brand is a more affordable version, their oils are alittle more diluted, but they’re still all natural and very potent. I’d start with 4 scents. Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree Oil, and Lemongrass. HTH.

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  8. SisterBoyd

    I just made a bath – my first attempt.

    In a 3 oz spray bottle I mixed:

    75% alcohol that contains water
    10 drops of Eucalyptus oil
    10 drops of Peppermint oil
    10 drops of Rosemary oil
    10 drops of Lavendar oil
    Filled the rest of the bottle with distilled water.

    I made fish tonight so we’ll see if it keeps my house smelling fresh. Also, my father’s room has a terrible odor that I’ve been trying to get rid of for years without having to shampoo the carpet. His room was the first room I sprayed. Its been closed since he’s in hospice care. I will check it in the morning and let you know it turned out 😉

    Thanks ladies!

  9. Savvy

    @Sisterboyd Please do! Also, you may need to open the window in his room for a short time to let things circulate and spray the carpet and any other fabric directly and let air dry with the window open.

  10. SisterBoyd

    I checked the room this morning and it still had that yucky smell. I left the bathroom window open for about 5 hours and no help. I think I’m going to have to shampoo the carpet or do some type of treatment on his carpet.

    I did spray the livingroom and the fish smell wasn’t as powerful. But I think we’re going to have to get the carpet shampoo’d.

    Now I do love my spray. I wish I had it when I got my leather couch because it had a horrible smell that lasted for weeks. I dabbed tea trea oil on cotton balls and placed them under the cushions, but it took a while before the tea trea oil could overpower the other odor.

    Do you think vodka is more powerful than alcohol?

  11. SisterBoyd

    Oh another question – could I use lemon and/or lime juice and/or jest in place of the oil. I don’t have lemon oil and when I priced it at Whole Foods it was rather pricey.

  12. Savvy

    @SisterBoyd Yep. I agree I think you will have to shampoo the carpet. I think vodka and gin are both more powerful than rubbing alcohol, BUT for REALLY icky odors like cat pee? I use straight vinegar.

  13. Savvy

    You could use lemon or lime juice, but it won’t have that much of a scent. It’s the water evaporating off of the oil that leaves the scent behind.You could use any essential oil you want. Lemongrass is also good, tends to be cheaper and a little goes a long way. I have some in the Savvy Shop for $3.65 but if you don’t want to wait check out Vitamin Shoppe, Trader Joes, those little stands at the Grove and the Farmer’s Market! Last time I was in L.A. I got some great lavender oil there. HTH

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  15. Brown Babe

    Yesterday I took a mental health day and was motivated to do a little spring cleaning. I realized I was down to my last drop of Febreeze and then remembered this post. I used your recipe for linen spray with my very favorite scent – Vanilla essential oil.

    At first I was a little skeptical because even though I used like 50 drops I couldn’t smell anything…but I sprayed away…on every thing in my bedroom. I could slowly smell the scent begin to rise and by the time I was ready to go to bed I was wrapped up in a Vanilla cocoon. Very soothing and relaxing.

    Thanks Savvy!

  16. SisterBoyd

    I’m laughing at myself because I got the whole recipe wrong! ha ha haha I didn’t realize that the alcohol/vodka was only 1/4 cup compared to 3 cups of water. Then, I thought you said that 100 proof vodka. Oh you should have heard the laughter of my mother and her friend when I asked where I could get 100 proof vodka – no I’m not a big drinker ;p ha ha ha

    Well yesterday I had a good time at Whole Foods buying new EOs and then I did get a bottle of 80 proof vodka. I made it before I reread the recipe so its 75% vodka, 10 drops each of lemon, lime, frankenscense and myrrh and I filled the rest of the bottle with water. Of course I will use this up and try it again with the correct measurements ha ha ha.

    I made another bottle earlier in the day before I went shopping. I was just trying different things. 65% alcohol, 10% apple-cidar vinegar, 15 drops each of lavendar, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree; and filled the rest of the bottle with distilled water. You can smell the vinegar but it goes away soon.

  17. Savvy

    @SisterBoyd Whoops! You weren’t wrong about 100 proof though, I did have that in there. I just edited that. (It does exist though, that’s my island ancestry showing! LOL) Sorry for the confusion, but the alcohol does help to keep the scent hang around longer.

  18. SisterBoyd

    I thought you could get 100 proof – Everclear. I was trying to find it. I took a aromatherapy class a few years ago and the instructor told us to use Everclear, but I never got the information on where to get it.

  19. SisterBoyd

    Hi everyone! Just checking in 😉 My friend’s birthday is this week and I just mixed up a batch of body scrub (orange EO, safflower, avacado, coconut, vitamin E, and jojoba oils) and linen/room spray wtih lemon and lime EOs, vodka, distilled water, and a touch of tea trea oil (for disenfectant). I read that tea trea oil kills parasites like lice, scabbies, and flies and ticks. Her family vacations at least 3 times in the summer and she’s having to travel for her job so I figure this would be a nice treat for her. I hope she likes her gift. If not, I’ll take it back and use it myself hahahahaha

    My next mix will be a spray for insects. I live in the valley in So. California at the base of the mountains and we get a variety of creepy crawlies in the summer months including yucky flies.

    I’ll report back soon 😉

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  21. Sheryl Mehary

    I would try rosemary in the car.
    Also, I have looked at several sites with recipes for linen spray and most say not to use rubbing alcohol. it can damage fabrics and doesn’t hold the scent as well.
    To chase way fleas and other critters use eucalyptus.

  22. Jerel Myers

    I make my own air fresheners and i need something to mix with my fragrance oils for them to be stronger and last longer. They last long but I want them to last longer.

  23. Lillian Simmons

    I love your site!! I’m changing to all natural air fresheners and want to make my own. Your site is a life saver, I’m going to try all of the recipes and will let you know how they come out.

  24. Diana

    For cat pee you need to use 100 proof vodka. I tried this on a rug where my puppy had done his business. First I took the rug out side and poured cub soda on the area. When dried, I brought it back in and put it back on the floor and my dog went right back to that spot sniffing. For me the odor was gone. After much internet searching I came across a site about using Vodka. So I sprayed the area wet with vodka and it worked. Now I’m going to put essentials in the vodka for my sheets and the rest of the house. Vodka by its self kills odors. Love this Site!

  25. Jamie

    Hi I Was Looking At Your Spray Air Fresheners This One Caught My Eye. But I Changed A Few Things As I Am Going Too Try For A Car Spray Air Freshener.

    1/4 cup unflavored vodka (or other high proof liquor)*
    20 drops Bubblegum essential oil
    3 cups water
    spray bottle

    Do You Think This Would Work.

    Thanks Jamie

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