DIY Lemon Air Freshener to Keep Your Home Feeling Clean

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Skip the store and make these homemade lemon air fresheners for a completely natural way to eliminate odors. Lemon has a bright, fresh scent that will have your house smelling like you've been cleaning for hours. With just three basic ingredients — lemons, salt, and essential oils — you can make four simple lemon air fresheners that will diffuse aroma throughout the house in minutes.

Things You'll Need

Step 1

Cut the two lemons in half horizontally and hollow out each of the four lemon halves. Use a small paring knife to go around the inside edge of the lemon rind to release the fruit. Then scoop out the lemon wedges using a spoon. You can toss the fruit but why not make some lemonade?

Step 2

Pour the sea salt into a small bowl. Add 25 drops of each peppermint and lavender essential oil for every cup of salt and stir thoroughly. Feel free to change up the essential oils; a lot of scents pair well with lemon. Here are a few combinations you can try:

  • Lemon and frankincense for a calming aroma
  • Lemon and pine or juniper for a bring-the-outdoors-in scent
  • Lemon and eucalyptus for an uplifting, breathe easy combination
  • Lemon and tea tree for an air cleansing air freshener

Step 3

Transfer the salt into the lemon rinds. Depending on the size of the lemons you'll need 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salt for each lemon half. Sprinkle more essential oil onto the salt if you want a stronger scent.

Step 4

Put each lemon air freshener on a small dish and place them in different rooms around the house. A sunny spot is especially good as the heat will help diffuse the oils' scent as the salt absorbs stale odors.


Stephanie Gerber is the founder and editor of the beauty and wellness site, HelloGlow.co. She lives in Nashville with her husband and three children.

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