Essential Oil Room Spray and Air Freshener Recipe
I love this easy-to-make, customizable Essential Oil Room Spray and Air Freshener recipe. Although I give example essential oil blends below, you can easily adapt this recipe for use with your favorite essential oils. Be sure to learn about and pay attention to all safety data for the essential oils that you use.
- 4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting (do not use a bottle that previously contained cleaning products or hair products such as hair spray).
- 30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend keeping the safety data of the chosen essential oil(s) in mind.
- 3 fl. ounces of distilled water
- Solubilizer such as Polysorbate 20 or Solubol. (For the solubilizer that you choose, follow the usage guidelines provided by your vendor or the manufacturer.)
Essential Oil Blend Options
- 20 drops Lime Essential Oil
- 14 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
- 4 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- 2 drops Rose Essential Oil or Absolute
- 20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 8 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 drops Spearmint Essential Oil (optional)
Be sure and take heed in the safety data for the oil(s) you choose to use since an air freshener, by its nature, will come in contact with all those in your household.
- Fill the spray bottle with 3 fl. ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 fl. oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well immediately before each use.)
- Combine the essential oils with the solubilizer following the usage instructions provided by the vendor/manufacturer. Then, add to the bottle that contains the water. Essential oils can very in strength. You may want to try 20 drops at first especially if you live in a household with someone who is sensitive to strong aromas. After you first make and try the spray, let it sit for about a day before making a conclusion that the aroma is too weak; the aroma can change after the air freshener has had time to sit and the essential oils have had a chance to "marry."
- Shake well.
Important Note About the Sprayer Bottles
Be careful to not overfill your sprayer bottles. It not only is important to ensure that you have room for the spray to be shaken well, it also ensures that the air freshener doesn't stay in contact with the rubber gasket contained in the sprayer mechanism.
I've rarely had a problem with my sprayers failing to work, and I've been trying to figure out why some people, using the same type of sprayer, sometimes state that they've had consistent problems with the sprayer failing to work after only a short time. After thinking on it, I'm suspecting the likely culprits are (a)overfilling the bottles, not using a solubilizer and (b) not shaking well immediately before each use.
Shake the bottle immediately before each use. Spray lightly in the room. Be especially careful not to allow the air freshener mist fall onto furniture or into open beverages.
Although most essential oils are anti-microbial, they are not potent enough to preserve a water-based room spray. This room spray is intended to be used up within 1-2 weeks.
General Safety Information
These recipes are offered for educational purposes only. Before using any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications.