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DIY Natural Home Deodorizers and Air Fresheners

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Every home, including yours, has its unique smell. 

It can be your favorite great smelling incents or it can, unfortunately, be a not-so-good wet, musty smell. Most often after being in your home awhile, you do not realize the musty smell when you walk through the door, but your visitors will.

Your guest may feel happy and calm when they first walk in, or they could right away not feel comfortable lingering in the smell. Pet owners are on the top of the list as having an unpleasant scent lingering throughout their home.

Think about your home and what guest will smell.

You may be wondering, how can I make my home smell good without the use of harmful chemicals.

The following are many helpful suggestions for natural home deodorizers and natural air fresheners that you can create right at home, DIY style.

Having a great smelling home is easier than you think. 

Individual Unique Smells

Look at it this way; most people have their unique scent that you store in your mind. Think of your friends that always wear one type of perfume, and when you smell any similar scent, you instantly think of that person.

Inside your home, there is always a scent sets up residency and calls your house home. The homeowner usually has no control over the odor their house displays unless they do something about it themselves.

Having a distinct smell is why it is referred to as a unique scent, a signature scent of its own.

You cook in one part of the house and skip cleaning other parts of the home; this is how the signature scent gets changed or grows progressively worse.

natural air freshener can help with kitchen odors

Having your favorite garlic dish at 7 pm is great, but smelling it at 8 am the following day is not too enjoyable.

People remember scents and use those smells to associate emotions and memories with them.

That is why stores invest a lot into creating a signature scent whose goal is to trick you into to spending money. Reflect back on the last time you went to a top-end clothing store and the fantastic smell that lingered in the air. See how that works?

The fast-food industry does the same thing. Drive by Burger King around 11 am and again around 5 pm. At both times you will notice much smoke coming from the vents on the roof. The trick is a scent they program so that you will smell their food when you are getting ready to go lunch and again before dinner.      

It is easy to see the importance of keeping positive scents to make your guest want to visit and of course, who does not like the hear compliments about their home? Candle companies make a fortune by combining every scent thought of together and giving it a name.

two natural air freshners , lighted scented candles on a white surface

There are some of these, however, are not so pleasant smelling at all.

By the time to buy the air fresheners, candles, and scented sprays, your home ends up smelling like a perfume factory.

So how do you make your home smell clean and fresh

Creating Your Natural Home Deodorizer

Gather the following items to make your own home deodorizer. 

  • Mason jar or old tomato sauce jar works fine
  • Pot on stovetop
  • Water

Further down you can pick and choose from any of the combinations to have your house smelling inviting in no time.

How to Make Natural  Air Fresheners

  • Cut the fruit of choice and place it in water, then add extracts, herbs, and spices
  • Fill the pot with water 3/4 full and bring to a boil
  • Once it reaches boiling point reduce to a simmer over low heat 

Now you can enjoy the scent throughout your home. See how easy it is to take some items you already have in your home and turn it into a better scent than you can buy. 

The power of a great scent is fantastic. If you do not believe it, take realtors for instance. When getting a home ready to show to potential buyers, realtors will bake cookies, boil vanilla or cinnamon sticks to have throughout the house.

What this does it give the interested parties that “home feeling.

This strategy works well, too.

Natural Home Scents Recipes DIY

white and purple flowers are on a wooden table with fragrance incense sticks and small fragrance bottles on the back

There is one famous recipe that is simple to make and one you will want to keep on hand at all times; the William-Sonoma collection. Gather the following ingredients and put them your pot.

  • One tsp vanilla extract
  • Four Sprigs of rosemary
  • One lemon slice     

Other Homemade Air Freshener Recipes

Fall Wonderland

  • One orange cut into slices
  • Five cinnamon sticks
  • Two tablespoons of whole cloves

Orange Amaretto 

  • One sliced orange
  • One tablespoon almond extract

Sweet Mint

  • Two sliced limes
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon peppermint extract


  • Five and one-quarter inch sliced ginger
  • One tablespoon almond extract
  • Three Cinnamon Sticks

Orange Creamsicle

  • One tablespoon of vanilla
  • One sliced orange

Cordon Bleu

  • One lemon
  • One tablespoon of peppermint extract
  • Four sprigs of rosemary

Italian Backyard

  • One lemon 
  • One tsp black peppercorn
  • Handful of basil


  • Cedar twigs, by themselves

Blueberry Tea

  • Bergamot tea
  • One sliced orange
  • One tsp almond extract

Coconut Bay

  • One tablespoon coconut extract
  • One sliced lime

Ideas for All Natural Ingredients

The following are some example that you can try to create your own personal scent for your home.

Here some of the best DIY natural air freshener ingrediants.


a close up of apples, orange, lime on a bowl

Apples, limes, cranberries, orange, ginger, and lemons all make for some delicious smells. Keep in mind that citrus lasts the longest.    


When it comes to herbs, fresh is the best choice. Thinner, leafier herbs will not hold up the same as the more rugged herbs do. Search for fresh herbs that resemble a twig or has a woody appearance, such as rosemary, lemongrass, and thyme. Thinner herbs are good just remember they tend not to be long-lasting in your pot.


a close up of a lemon, cinnamon, star anise, and sugar piled on a wooden table

Lemon, cinnamon, and star anise are great natural home deodorizers.

Cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, peppercorns, cloves, and any other mulling spices work fine.

You should stick with the sweeter spices and leave the other for cooking. These spices may be grounded or hole.


Here is where you get to have fun while being creative. Vanilla, peppermint, almond, or maple. Each of these scents will give your home your own powerful, lasting fragrance.

The Importance of Deodorizing, Airing out Your Home

Most cleaners are good, but they are only a patch to cover up the real issue; poor sanitation. When more significant problems appear such as dirty carpets your home can be a smelly nightmare that all natural air freshener simply can not cover up.

If you want some of our favorite cleaning shortcuts, check out these cleaning hacks to get rid of the dirt and grime.


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Pay attention to small details when you cannot find the culprit of a smelling home.

Clean Affinity helps get rid of all the left behind places homeowners usually fail to clean. We clean high and low and every space in between.

We are also committed to providing the leading green, eco-friendly services to our clients. Our specialty is green home cleaning. Just because we need to clean does not mean we have to use the harsh chemicals.    

We use nontoxic alternatives that are just as safe and does a fantastic job.

Call us today and let us get you off to a good start to have a pleasant, inviting aroma to your home.