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13 Natural Air Fresheners to Make Your Home Smell Clean and Crisp

If artificial scents make your nose wrinkle and sneeze, it’s time to switch to natural. We can use many different scent combinations and tools to make the home smell amazing without all the chemicals. Try one of these natural air fresheners for the home!

DIY reed diffuser in an amber jar in front of a window

I talk about scent so much on the blog. From the smells of freshly picked herbs to my latest soap recipe, scents have a way of cheering me up or relaxing me.

When writing about them, I so wish you could smell them yourself! My goal is that the pictures and words tell you enough about just how good these projects and recipes smell. And then you’ll be encouraged to make them yourself.

Everything I make is 100% natural. Artificial fragrances REALLY bug my nose, and I find them irritating overall. Plus, their aroma never is as good as anything scented naturally!

Over the years, I’ve come up with many ways to freshen the home. Here are a few ways you can utilize natural air fresheners!

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Lavender pillow spray

Natural Air Fresheners

Whether you’re looking to spruce up the closet or want the whole house to smell amazing, here are some of the best air fresheners for the home.

1. Natural Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers have always been my preferred method for air fresheners. Not only do they look pretty, but they slowly emit fragrance, and it never becomes too overwhelming. Especially my natural version!

To make this diffuser, I gathered reeds and stems from my garden that are hollow enough to wick up the fragrant oil. The oil is scented with essential oils, and I have plenty of different scent combinations you can try to freshen up small spaces like hallways or bathrooms.

Colorful jars filled with DIY reed diffuser oil

2. Pinecone Diffuser

Another excellent natural air freshener is to utilize pinecones. I don’t know about you, but I cannot help but collect pinecones for crafting and decorating. This is just one of many clever ways to use them!

After cleaning the pinecones, you can scent them with essential oils. The result is a festively fall air freshener to display in your living room or anywhere else that needs a scent boost.

Scented Pine cone Diffuser with Natural Spices

3. Lavender Linen Spray

I originally designed this spray to freshen up my clothes as I ironed them. It made my clothes smell fresh for much longer, and I just love inhaling the scent whenever I put on a new change of clothes.

You can use this spray for more than clothes, however. It works well on all kinds of fabric. Another favourite way to use it is by spraying it on couches or curtains. Use it like they do in those Febreze commercials!

Homemade Lavender Linen Water

4. Aromatherapy Closet Fresheners

Once upon a time, I had clothes moths, and I was absolutely horrified. After the initial cleanout of the closet and clothes, I needed to ensure they didn’t come back.

These closet fresheners were my solution! I hang them in my closet among my clothes. They slowly diffuse strong-smelling essential oils into the closet, which repels the clothes moths. And I’m happy to report they never came back!

These could work well for any small space, including cupboards or even the car!

homemade closet fresheners made for aromatherapy

5. Lavender Dryer Bags

You’ll catch on quickly just how much I love lavender. I grow it in my garden, and I use LOTS of it when it comes to these natural air freshener projects. One of the easiest ways to utilize it is with these lavender dryer bags.

They add a floral and clean scent to your laundry. You’ll notice it on your clothes and also in your laundry room on laundry day! They’re also a complete replacement for those chemical-laden dryer sheets.

How to make Natural Laundry Fresheners with Lavender Dryer Bags

6. Herbal Drawer Fresheners

It’s easy to keep clothes in the closet smelling nice and fresh. Clothes in the drawers, meanwhile, can quickly smell a little musty and dusty. My fix for this is herbal drawer fresheners! These keep all your folded laundry smelling fresh, even if it’s been in the drawer for a while.

For a special touch, I monogrammed my herbal drawer fresheners to give them as a gift. They’re made from thrifted wool sweaters, making them even more eco-friendly!

natural aromatherapy drawer sachets

7. Christmas Simmering Spices

The absolute best way to make your home smell amazing is with these simmering spices. Even on days when the oven isn’t working up holiday baking, my house smells amazing thanks to these.

Also known as stovetop potpourri, you toss spice mixtures into a stovetop or crockpot and let them simmer for a delightful-smelling house. I have plenty of Christmas scent combinations for you to try, but you can easily customize them to use this natural air freshener method year-round!

Christmas simmering spices, one of the best natural air fresheners

8. Cleaning Bombs

If you’re in the kitchen or bathroom and notice a faint, not-so-pleasant odour, it’s probably coming from the drains. That’s why I use cleaning bombs for the sink, toilet, bathtub, and garbage disposal.

They’re super simple to use. You just pop them in the sink or toilet and watch them fizz. The fizzing cleans the area while also emitting essential oils. The effect is a clean drain with a lingering fresh scent in the air.

toilet bomb

9. Lavender Spray Deodorant

I know what you’re thinking…a deodorant?! But yes! I hate to say it, but sometimes it helps to freshen ourselves up too!

I use this recipe a ton, not only on my underarms but also on my clothes as well. One of the benefits of using natural ingredients is that they’re safe for use in many different ways. Try this floral scent combination to freshen up your skin, clothes, or the air.

Rose and Lavender Spray Deodorant also doubles as natural air fresheners

10. Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

I wish you could smell these cinnamon dough ornaments through the screen. This is another excellent seasonal air freshener for the home, perfect for the holiday season. The aroma reminds me of sweet spiced apples.

First, you get to smell the delicious scent while you bake the ornaments. Then, the ornaments will continue to scent the Christmas tree once you hang them.

Fragrant cinnamon dough ornaments are very easy to make, and with a few tips you will have the perfect consistency of dough to transform into decoration.

11. Herbal Dream Pillows

This freshener is designed just for the bedroom! If you have trouble sleeping, one of my favourite techniques to promote sleep is actually scent.

This herbal scent blend is designed to emit a calming fragrance that helps put you to sleep. The pillows are great to sleep with but also make snuggling up on the bed that much cozier.

Dream pillows in different sizes with hops and other dried herbs

12. Herbal Wax Melts

Wax melts (and candles) are one of my personal favourite natural air fresheners for the home. A tealight sits inside the wax melt pot with the max melts atop. When lit, the wax slowly melts and releases the fragrance of the wax.

Making them yourself is quite easy! And they have none of those artificial scents you see with storebought wax melts. Instead, customize your scents with essential oils.

Candle Wax Melt Warmer

13. Scented Wreath

You can use fresh herbs and plants to not only decorate a room or entrance but to provide some aromatherapy. Making wreaths is one of my favourite ways to use greenery for decorating, and I love that you can make them year-round.

This eucalyptus wreath is a favourite of mine purely for its scent. Combined with incense cedar, it’s a very fresh and invigorating scent to uplift a room.

Scent your home with this cedar and eucalyptus wreath

Frequently Asked Questions About Natural Air Fresheners

How can I make my home smell good naturally?

Essential oils are the best way to get a natural fragrance. Depending on what you mix them with, you can create sprays, scented oils, cleaning products, décor, and more to naturally freshen the home.

What makes your home smell good the longest?

My go-to recipe to make the home smell amazing is simmering spices. They linger in the air for days, and the aroma easily wafts through the entire house. Otherwise, I routinely keep my lavender linen spray on hand to quickly spritz and freshen up the home every few days.

How can I make my house smell like a hotel?

Hotels typically rely on very clean, crisp scents. I recommend my fresh air essential oil blend, including pine, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender. Another great combination is my good morning blend which includes peppermint, fir, and lemon. All of these are designed to be used with my natural reed diffuser.

What is a natural odour eliminator?

Baking soda will always be your best friend. It works great sprinkled in carpets, trash cans, drains, clothes, and more. Depending on the application, you may wet and scrub it before washing it out or vacuuming the excess.

Another common way to get rid of odours is vinegar. I use it in many of my cleaning recipes, and it works well to eliminate odours while cleaning simultaneously.

For freshening up the air, I always rely on essential oils. You’ll notice they’re in almost every recipe here! Making a simple spray, such as the lavender linen water, is great for freshening up the house quickly.

As you can see, there are so many ways to make your own natural air fresheners and keep your home smelling fresh and clean—scans harmful chemicals.

Natural reed diffusers in 3 jars


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