Have you ever had that bathroom, that no matter how often you clean it, it still always smells like a bathroom.  Yeah, so have I.   Cue: DIY air fresheners that literally took me 5 minutes to make.  Ah yes, I can breathe again.

What you need: a container, baking soda, essential oils.

Put the baking soda in the container, add 10 or so drops of essential oils, and voila, you have an air freshener.  Easy.  There’s something you should know about me.  If something is this easy, I rarely stop at one.  In fact, I made three.  Using three different containers and three different scents.  Because I’m fancy like that. (And no, I don’t know why I own so many flavors of essential oils.  If you don’t have essential oils, baking soda will at least absorb odors).

1.  The Bedroom. My parents got me a red glass votive from their trip to Istanbul last summer.  Since I don’t own tea lights and always forget to burn them anyways, this has been sitting on my dresser collecting dust.  Why not make it into an air freshener?  I added a few drops of lavender oil to the baking soda and didn’t even cover it.  Looks the same, smells better.

2.  The bathroom.  Since I planned on putting it on the back of the toilet I wanted it to be cute.  I took a shallow Ball canning jar, added baking soda and Orange Blossom oil with a touch of Lemongrass (smells divine!).  I know I could have punched holes into the lid of the jar, but I figured I might want to repurpose it someday and didn’t want to damage it (although if you do, you can find replacement lids in the canning section of your local grocery store, and yes, grocery stores do have canning sections. Who knew?!).  Instead, I traced the lid onto a piece of scrap fabric and cut it out.  This is probably complete overkill, but I ironed my wrinkly scrap fabric and added a little spray starch to give it stiffness. Trimmed it so it fit perfectly into the band and screwed it on lightly.

3. The Kitchen.  Since this was going to be on top of the fridge, out of sight, I just used a recycled short glass jar that still even had the label on it.  I added vanilla with a few drops of peppermint (do you know what peppermint and vanilla smells like? Toothpaste, exactly like toothpaste.  Oh well, smells better than the garbage can).  The lid was missing from this jar so I covered it in aluminum foil and punched a few holes with a fork.

If they’re no longer smelling fresh, give it a shake to mix it up, or throw out the old baking soda and start anew.