June 23, 2013

DIY Baking Soda Air Freshening Scent Jars

Are you one of those people that puts a box of baking soda in the fridge or freezer? Why do people do this? Well...because baking soda absorbs odors. (Actually, it neutralizes strong acids or bases.) Instead of just setting boxes of baking soda all over your house (That might be a little weird. Although I have put a box in my car. Don't tell anyone.), you can put the baking soda in cute little jars. The addition of essential oils and herbs gives each room a nice smell. 

DIY Baking Soda Air Fresheners

There are many options for naturally freshening the air in your house. Some are involved, some are as simple as throwing open your windows or using one of these essential oil diffusers (my very first crunchy purchase, even before I knew I was crunchy). If you are trying to avoid the use of synthetic air fresheners, this is a quick, easy, and cheap way to freshen any room in your home. This isn't going to be a strong scent, but will leave the room with a fresh, clean smell with just a hint of whatever essential oil you choose.

I don't remember where this idea came from. I'm guessing it's another Martha Stewart idea. (I kid. I kid.) My sister shared it with me and I wanted to share it with you. And it gave me another freshening idea that I'll share later.

How to make Air Freshening Scent Jars:

What you need:

Mason jars (I like these or these for this purpose.)
Baking soda
Essential oils, such as lavender, rosemary, sweet orange, and cinnamon (I buy mine HERE or HERE.)
Dried herbs and flowers (optional) (I buy dried herbs/flowers HERE.)
Scrapbook paper
Sewing needle or hole punch (anything that will make holes, like a wooden skewer)
Pencil and scissors
Ribbons (optional)

DIY Baking Soda Air Fresheners

1. Trace the lid (not the ring) of the mason jar on your scrapbook paper. Trace a circle for each jar then cut them out. (If you aren't good at cutting out circles like me, it's okay. No one will know.) Remove the lids from the rings and replace them with the scrapbook paper circles. Push the circles into each ring as shown above (with colored side facing up). Using a large needle or other device, poke holes in the paper. This is easier if you secure the lid on the jar then poke the holes. (You could also use a hole punch for larger holes.)

*You don't have to use scrapbook paper. You can use any paper that can be punctured and is sturdy enough to stay in place. If you want to poke holes in the metal lid (with a hammer and nail, maybe), you could do that as well. Update: Or as a reader suggested in the comments, you can cut out a piece of fabric, cut holes in the fabric and secure that under the lid.

DIY Baking Soda Air Fresheners

2. Place lids aside and fill the jars with baking soda, leaving a little room on top. (I fill about 3/4 of the jar.)

DIY Baking Soda Air Fresheners

3. Add essential oils and stir. Use about 5-15 drops of essential oils per jar. Some options: Rosemary for living rooms. Lavender for bedrooms. Lemon for the kitchen. Cinnamon or sweet orange for bathrooms. Add about a tablespoon of herbs for extra scent (and for prettier jars): dried rosemary, dried lavender buds, broken cinnamon stick. You could also use dried citrus peels

For mine: 
- 1 tbsp dried rosemary plus 6 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 tbsp dried lavender flowers plus 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 broken cinnamon stick plus 5 drops cinnamon and 5 drops sweet orange oil

DIY Baking Soda Air Fresheners

4. Secure the lids on the jars and give them a gentle shake to mix the baking soda and oils/herbs. Place the jars in your room of choice. Shake jar occasionally to release oils. Tie on ribbons if desired. (As you can see my ribbon tying skills are not great, but they still look cute. :))

To refresh: Add a few drops of essential oils at any time to increase scent. Replace baking soda mixture every 1-3 months as needed. 

DIY Baking Soda Air Freshening Scent Jars

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  1. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJune 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Oh yeah that could work too! I haven't had any issues with spilling, but I think you can definitely be creative with these. :) Thanks for the comment!

  2. This is a great idea, and your jars are so cute! I have stopped using plugins and most candles, due to their toxicity, so this is a fantastic alternative. Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! Off to pin... :)

  3. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJuly 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Same here -- and I loooved candles! Someone shared this cute idea with me, but it has given me tons of ideas for freshening with oils and herbs. :) Thanks for the comment and pin, Andrea!

  4. Looking forward to trying these out.

  5. Livin' the Crunchy LifeAugust 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    They are fun to make! Thanks for the comment. :)

  6. hello xmas gifts!!! THANKS :)

  7. Livin' the Crunchy LifeAugust 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Exactly! I love easy (and cheap) Christmas gifts...don't tell anyone. ;-)
    Actually my sister gave these as gifts and they were very well received. Thanks for the comment. :)

  8. These look great! Have you done any combination with sage? Or do you have any suggestions?

  9. Livin' the Crunchy LifeAugust 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Hi Vee! I haven't used sage in any I've made, but I would personally use a lavender, geranium, or a citrus essential oil with sage. I think sweet orange or lemon would smell great...or my absolute favorite oil, bergamot would work as well (plus it happens to be a deodorizer). Hope you enjoy making them!

  10. I did so enjoy making them! They were inspired by a baby shower I was putting together. Baby Girl's name is Saige and I wanted to incorporate that into the favors somehow. And this was the final product

  11. Whoops, don't know if that works or what I posted, lol



  12. Livin' the Crunchy LifeSeptember 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Beautiful! I'm glad you had fun with it and it turned out great! Mind if I share your pin on Facebook?

  13. I would be honored, thanks!

  14. I don't understand. If baking soda absorbs odors, won't it absorb the aromas of the essential oils and other stuff too?

  15. Livin' the Crunchy LifeOctober 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Hi Susan, I assume it has something to do with how baking soda works, not necessarily absorbing all odors, but neutralizing strong acids and bases. You can leave the essential oils out, but I've found that it works better with the oils. Thanks for stopping by!

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