I love for my house to smell as if I just baked a pie, a bowl of fruit is on the table, Christmas is just around the corner, or a fir-tree is sitting in the den. I can’t use commercial room deodorizers due to a medical condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity. Which means if the product has a petro chemical I will become very ill. I had to find an alternative.
There are thousands of recipes on-line for DIY room deodorizers. I am going to tell how I create my deodorizer.
READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BEFORE YOU BEGIN CREATION OF YOUR RECIPE
First NEVER place essential oils in a plastic bottle. Why you ask: because the essential oils will degrade the plastic. Always use a glass bottle with a fine mist spray attached. Unfortunate all sprayer I have found are plastic, we have no choice but to use plastic for the sprayer. NEVER USE FRAGRANCE OILS in this recipe. Fragrance oils may contain harmful chemicals which are not good for your lungs. Bottles and sprayer are available on-line at Specialty Bottle Co. very reasonably. Actually dirt cheap.
ALWAYS USE 100% ESSENTIAL OILS!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1-glass bottle any size. I started with a small bottle and found I graduated to larger bottle after making my first recipe. Link to Specialty Bottle Company
- 1- glass dropper from the local store or your essential oil supplier
NOTE: Quality essential oils are an investment as you will use them over and over. Find a local vendor or online website that sales quality essential oils and a reputation for providing a quality product. All essential oils are NOT processed the same, and cheap is not always better. Cutting corners will not produce a quality product. I use several websites that have excellent reputations and stand behind their products. Go on-line and research how essential oils are produced and read the customer reviews for the vendor.
NOW TO PRODUCE A FINE SMELLING PRODUCT:
Fill you bottle 1/2 to 2/3 full of vodka. This really depends on how much you want to make. Add your essential oils about 10 drops at a time and place the fine mist sprayer on the bottle. Shake well and spritz into the air. That it, you have created your own personal room deodorizer.
How does it smell? Does it appeal to you? Did you say yum or yuck? Some oils do not smell anything like you think they would; for instance, clove is very strong and can really smell bad if you use too much; it is not an oil I suggest for a beginner. Less is more with clove. Some flower oils are very STRONG, go carefully with these, such as gardenia, rose, and geranium.
Does it need more of the same oils? If so, go ahead, be brave, add another oil or add more of the oils you used; see what you get. Too strong, add more vodka. Not strong enough, add more of the oils you used. I use at least 1/2 dropper of each oil in a large bottle, but I know the smell I am trying to create. So will you after a few times of making the deodorizer.
Have fun with this, create, experiment, find what appeals to you. Start with a smaller amount of the oil, you can always add to get the smell you want. Remember 100% pure essential oils are strong, start with a smaller amount of oil.
Pick smells you like or ask the advice of the customer service representative. They can tell you which oils compliments each other and what to combine for a certain smell such as spicy, flowery, smoothing and calming, etc. You can branch out into other oils as time goes by and you become more confident in creating your products. You don’t have to buy all the oils at one time. Take it slow and enjoy the experience.
I use the following oils in varying combinations to make my deodorizer. I might leave one out or add two more. It really depends on how I feel and how it smells or if I ran out of an oil and forgot to reorder. I use larger quantities of essential fir oil during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Whats better than the smell of a fir-tree during those seasons?
MY RECIPE FOR LAST DEODORIZER I MADE:
I use 1/4 to 1/2 dropper of following essential oils in a 32 oz bottle for my recipe as I love this spray.
1/2 dropper fir
1/4 dropper cinnamon
1/4 dropper clove
1/2 dropper peppermint
1/2 dropper lemon
1/2 dropper litsea cubeba
1/2 dropper palmrosa
The only exception is the following:
1 to 2 full dropper orange valencia and/or sweet orange (I love the smell of orange valencia and sweet orange essential oil)
Shake before each use. No need to refrigerate.
You can use as few or as many oils as you wish. I started with peppermint, lemon, and orange for my first recipe. I added a few along until I found a combination I preferred.
I do not care for the flowery smells as they tend to make me sick. Yes, I am also sensitive to some 100% essential oils as well as petro chemicals. You may want to use the more flowery oils, each person is different in their taste. Do what appeals to you.
Start with small bottles of oil until you know which oils you prefer. Lavender is a wonderful smell that is soothing; it is also strong, start with smaller amounts. I use lavender in my bedroom for a restful sleep. I will soon post a recipe for a baking soda and lavender flower shake used inside your pillow case and under the sheets.
This all sounds complicated. It’s not. A glass bottle, vodka, 3 or 4 different essential oils added to vodka in your bottle, a fine mist sprayer, shake and enjoy. That’s it.
The vodka helps preserve the mix and extends the smell. I DO NOT use any water at all in my recipe. I use only 100% essential oils.
Do not spray directly on furniture or on fabric as it may stain. I have a towel hanging in my bathroom on which I exclusively spray my recipe; along with a bowl of unscented chips which I spray (they are wonderfully scented now). The rest of the house I usually spritz the air in the room, a throw that doesn’t stain, or a pillow if it stains doesn’t matter. Use your own judgment about where and on what you spray your recipe.
You will lIke making a deodorizer that is exclusively yours. Imagine when a visitors comments how wonderful your house smells, and you can say I made the deodorizer. Let me know how it goes and if you enjoyed the smell you created.
NOTE: ANIMALS ARE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE TO ESSENTIAL OILS, ESPECIALLY CATS, NEVER SPRAY ON YOUR ANIMAL OR ALLOW THEM IN CONTACT WITH SPRAY UNTIL IT IS DRY WHERE SPRAYED. MY CATS ACTUALLY RUN WHEN I GET OUT THE SPRAY BOTTLE, THEY ARE AFRAID IT IS FOR FLEAS 🙂
AS WITH ALL RECIPES/SUGGESTIONS/IDEAS ON THIS BLOG, THIS RECIPE HAS NOT BEEN TESTED, APPROVED OR REVIEWED BY ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY, FDA, SCIENTIFIC AGENCY, OR EXPERT. MAKE AND USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.