Introduction: DIY Plug-in Scented Oil Air Freshener Refill

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This is a little write-up on how to refill your scented oil air freshener on the cheap. These units work pretty well, they are long lasting, more gentle and natural smelling than other types. However, refills are whether expensive, sometimes costing over half or as much as the price of the starter kit (plug-in & refill). Ouch !

So, here is how you could recharge an empty refill glass container yourself. This is just an example of how it is done for one brand, but I imagine the others are similar.

***Caution – Even tough the warmer uses a small amount of heat to release the fragrance by warming the oil up, it is still a good idea to test the oil first and keep on eye on the new refill before letting the unit run by itself.***

Okay now, if you still want to proceed, here is what you will need:

1) An empty refill
2) Scented oil for oil warmer
3) A knife or something thin and stiff

Step 1: Have Your Material Ready

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The toughest part maybe finding the scented oil. The ones in the picture I got from the dollar store and they are the perfect size for the my refill at 10ml for each bottle. Once again, I caution you will need oil designed for oil warmer, don't mix them up with lamp oil and other type of oil you may find.

Step 2: Remove the Rubber Lids

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Use a knife to slowly lift the rubber plastic lid cover around the glass container. You want to be careful since you will need the lids again. Slowly and gently the lid will separate from the glass part.

Step 3: Pour the Oil

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With the lids removed, slowly pour the oil into the glass refill container. Once again, slowly and gently, you don't want to have scented oil all over the place.

Step 4: Done

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Just snap the plastic lids back on the glass container tightly and you are DONE !. If you still have the screw on covers from when you brought the refills, you can screw them back on now you have a refill ready to use whenever you need. ;)


Mdcalliso. (author)2017-02-25

a source for wicks 10 or 5 packs and natural essential refills

temptemperus (author)2016-04-21

Just because something is from the Earth as you put it doesn't mean it was "made" with you in mind or for your benefit. Its astounding that still some proclaim one form of the naturalistic fallacy or another. Which century is this again.

If you insist on a counterargument, there are plenty of poisonous plants out there, and minerals, which are also from the Earth and from which the "evil" chemicals are extracted.

As to eastern medicine and philosophy in general, it is based on centuries of trial and error but still manages to be almost entirely bunk, as is the case with anything which is never properly questioned or verified but taken on faith.

Also, try reading ChelseaH11's post CAREFULLY before you criticize her. She wrote, "MOST essential oils are completely natural derived from plants from the Earth and not toxic at all." She did not say, "ALL essential oils..." Are you denying that MOST essential oils are safe when used properly? Care to provide an academic source supporting your claim? Nor did she say that all natural things are safe. Basically, you're arguing against points she never made.

Your criticism of Eastern medicine is a non sequitur and ignorant. The issue here is not efficacy but safety. As a medical researcher and skeptic who has done work on Eastern modalities, I can say that it's mostly safe, if not efficacious. I challenge you to provide peer reviewed studies showing otherwise. Furthermore, you're clearly ignorant of Eastern modalities. While patients may take things on faith (which is no different from patients using Western medicine), modern Eastern medicine use the same research methods, design and biostatistics as Western medicine to evaluate efficacy and safety. When I was at Columbia's School of Biostatistics, several of my colleagues were working with Chinese researchers, evaluating traditional modalities like acupuncture. Try picking up a medical journal before criticizing something you clearly know little about.

haeli.williams (author)2014-10-06

Do you think it's safe to refill them with the Febreze Fabric Refresher Spray?

It's safe but I'm not sure why you would want to. First of all, Febreze works by wetting a surface, where it molecularly surrounds odor particles, which evaporates away as the surface dries. Putting Febreze in an oil warmer does none of this since no surface or fabric gets damp. Secondly, Febreze fabric refresher is water based. That means it'll evaporate quickly so the container will be empty within days. Oil, on the other hand, doesn't evaporate unless warmed. And even then, it evaporates slowly. That's why scents are dissolved in oils , not water.

kruth1 (author)haeli.williams2016-12-31

No. It's not made for exporure to heat.

malliso (author)2017-01-24

Article Regarding Refilling your own plugins

MsJan (author)2012-08-06

Remember that Febreze can be VERY TOXIc to humans and it takes months to get the smell out of your home. Also scented oils can be toxic to many people; like myself. Sooo beware. When you make these type of choices you not only make them for yourself but for those around you. A Healthy Home Has No Smell. Open your windows and let the fresh air in. Way Healthier and not masking with toxic scents and no cost.

irieblossom (author)MsJan2014-12-08

Dogs stink. I have a dog. His smell is sometimes water activated and he has bad ears. Plus it's 23° outside all week. Sometimes a little help is needed.

MsJan (author)irieblossom2014-12-11

You need to research before using toxins. If anyone uses this product I could NEVER enter their home. Wish I could recall the web site that sent me a free sample of a scent free shampoo. They had so many healthy items for pets. The product was Petology. A much safer product for the pet and our world. Doubt very much if that product Febreze should ever be used on pets. Maybe speak with your vet. Hate to see animals being abused by us not understanding the toxins in products. I have a small dog and he is one that does not shed and thankfully not smelly. I make sure he has filtered water also since the vet told me that was best for animals and us. Animals should be treated as well as ourself. Guess we keep using so many toxins that even the vets recommend filtered water. Wondering how long we can keep going like this. Heard on a radio program that by the year 2050 humans will no longer be like they are today. I had to change the station since it was very disturbing as what they were talking about.

temptemperus (author)MsJan2016-04-21

I have the same problem with most perfumes, they are getting stronger and stronger each year. Not just personal cosmetics but all kinds of products use increasing amounts of fragrance, to create the appearance of working more effectively. Guess subtlety is no longer in demand. What is worse people lack consideration in this regard. They will be embarrassed and shame anyone who smells of sweat even a bit on a warm day, or garlic or releases even a low intensity fart, but they have no problem going around town smelling like a Turkish whore or an Armenian gigolo.

With that said, some lavender oil for the closet might be better than moth balls, and the door stays closed.

kruth1 (author)temptemperus2016-12-31

I was with you until your statement about "Turkish" whores. Why bring race into this? Seriously.

CheapPlugInRefill (author)2011-11-10

Guys and girls...

I'm in the UK and the refills sell for anything upto £6GBP, especially these new triple scent plug versions....and all for just 12ml in each, outrageous.

Making your own is perfectly do-able, but to be cost effective you will need to buy approx 25kg of fragrance and 400kg (1 kg roughly 1Litre) to do it.

It really scares me to see people suggesting carrier oils at a guess eg: Olive Oil (really?!!?)

Firstly you would have a house that stinks of Olive oil and secondly it would not carry. The 'carrier' oil is a closely guarded secret in the fragrance industry. It has no real name but a series of has no residue and a very high temperature tolerance for safety. It also diffuses into the air and holds. I took me 8 months to find out what it is.

So there is one other thing, its called FLASHPOINT...that is the temperature at which a liquid becomes flammable. (for example Olive Oil is upwards of 185Celcius....that wont happen you think, if the plug becomes faulty and electric hit the oil.... it will).

Q: Do you still want to leave your home, belongings, kids and pets at risk to a liquid you bought at a DIY store then plugged in to an electrical socket to save £3 or a few dollars, if so you are totally nuts.

I know this because I have spent the last year in my spare time trying to develop a refill product that can sell at a price that means refills are just £1.

I started off thinking a bit of clear oil and some smelly and job done, I was so wrong, and I was scared when an expert asked how I'd feel when a house fire with dead kids was found to be because of the juice I knocked up in my garage and flogged on ebay.

So a year has gone by, I have sourced packaging suitable for oils, gained lab tests and contractual assurances that the liquids are safe and suitable and have had several meetings which are very promising.

I really really am not trying to scare you guys off, I found this site a while ago with the same idea as you, good luck but for your own sake do the research.

For anyone interested, I will post back details of our product launch and actually it would be cool if I could send interested parties a single shot refill to trial and give feedback on. Again, I will post an update on that back here soon.

All the best,


I know this is really old but did you start your business? I am interested!





MsJan (author)2016-04-22

These affect each of us different ways. They make me have headaches, sore throats, drippy nose, and gives me lung problems also. In many the affects will not be seen for years and many may not realize that it was these products that caused the problem but some will and so wish they had never used them. Many people who use these and you try to explain it is just like talking to a drunk or a drug addict since they do not want to know. There is also some plants that cause me problems when they bloom...the pollen. The more people I come in contact using these dangerous products makes my body break down more so when people decide to make bad choices they are not only making a bad choice for them self but for all those around them. I must avoid these products or I become worse and I already feel I lost most of my life. The best thing in this world is FRESH AIR and it is cheap and healthy and what we were born to use...not chemicals. Save your money and just open those windows and keep yourself and others safe. People for sure need to do more research on Glade Products and Freeze Breeze than maybe they may not be so blibnd on what they are using,

MsJan (author)2016-04-21

They are processed and unsafe for humans. Some people will do anything to make a buck and tell us all kinds of lies not caring if they make us ill They already have ruined my life. We should try to make our world a safe place and also stop using products like this to safe our water supply.

GregoryF3 (author)2016-03-22

Thanks for the advice. I was able to put air wick refills into a febreze noticeable, after reading this. With a little practice you can pop the tops right off with scissors.

MichaelP279 (author)2016-03-12

"A healthy home has no smell"?. The minute you enter a room, you are stinking it up with your body odor. Humans have been scenting their domiciles, for good and ill, nearly since the very first hut was built. Incense existed even before body perfumes, and probably continues to be the most widely used "air freshener" in the world. The earliest human domiciles were shared with cattle, goats, and various other animals -- not much imagination is needed to get an idea of the smell. If it doesn't come to you, walk into a cow or horse barn, and take a few deep sniffs of the air.

It's fine to not like the smell of cinnamon, lavender, or any of the other odors commonly used for scenting rooms. It's not fine to make moral judgments about people who do like them.

Of course, one should be aware of what one uses in the process of scenting a room. I personally like warming oils better than the disposable wax sticks, which all seem to me to have an antiseptic smell. I shall try out the instructions here, as I do dislike the "disposable" bottle paradigm.

tonybest (author)2015-09-19

DAMN! I did not realize this! I have been throwing them away and buying new ones...Thank you for this great lesson

PamelaC43 (author)tonybest2016-01-17

I was throwing mine away also until I went to my local oil burning shop and got some burning oil. Took the top off and refilled it and now it lasts 10 times longer than the plugins I got at Bath and Body Works

PamelaC43 (author)tonybest2016-01-17

I was doing mine away too until I went to my favorite oil shop and bought some burning oil and refilled the plugin and it lasts 10 times longer than the ones I bought at Bath and Body Works

ferfyl (author)2015-08-23

You can buy replacement wicks at Michael's! 3 in one package for 99 cents.

olsaaronc (author)ferfyl2016-01-12

I wish someone would post a link on these. Couldn't find them and the high school girl working didn't know

Sequimania (author)2014-06-24

Grapeseed oil might be a good carrier oil. It is a light oil and fragrance free. Stores that sell massage supplies/make-your-own bed and bath supplies should carry it. Haven't looked in the grocery store but I suppose that's possible.

Wccolonsr (author)Sequimania2015-12-11

Costco carries grapeseed oil - of you're going to do the refill with it, that's a great source!

JoffH (author)2015-10-12


Has anyone used reed diffuser oil ?

This can be had pretty cheaply and is widely available. It is also oil based but I do t know if it good to use or not ???


KarenS65 (author)2015-10-03

I've been using liquid potpourri to refill my plugins. The only problem is they empty a little faster, guessing because it's liquid & not oil. I haven't had any problem thus far. I bought liquids at Dollar Tree, they had a variety of scents. I want to replace the wicks & just saw a posting that Michael's has them. I'll check online also for a possible better deal.

YvonniaT (author)2015-08-04

This is really cool but after using the first refill the wick is kind of jacked up at the top. How do you resolve this issue

christy.ray.148 (author)2015-05-04

I had a few of the air wick bottles empty and some lavender oil and did exactly what you put in the instructable and now going to plug it in to see if i did it right thank you thank you thank you for this instructable.

StephanieBLipphardt (author)2015-02-09

This is a great idea & I will definitely be trying it. I would be careful about buying essential oils from a reputable source & not using "dollar store" oils. Quality essential oils should not be toxic - some are even safe to be ingested.

irieblossom (author)2014-12-11

I totally agree with you.
I liked this as an alternative to the $150 essential oil diffusers I was looking at. I'm not sure it's a great option for that though. I won't even get into all the other stuff you mentioned, but I totally agree with you!

uRaydog (author)irieblossom2014-12-16






uRaydog (author)2014-12-16

how do delete a empty box I have somehow created??

GrammaKx7 (author)2010-08-01

Boy, am I glad you had this. I've been trying to find a way to refill the warmers. Now all I have to do is find out how to make the wicks. Or where I can buy them. Thank you so much.

cthomas37 (author)GrammaKx72012-11-16 sell these wicks £1.99 for a pack of 5 they also sell a range of oils at a good price p&p to usa is £3.30, uk is free p&p and france,italy and spain is £6.49 for p&p. hope this helps.x

noahh (author)2007-03-27

This is cool, but is there any way to make your own oil? That would be awesome.

witchdragon13 (author)noahh2007-09-01

noahh have you found a way to make your own oil yet. I have been filling my plug ins for about a year, but would like to mix differnt scents.

Amy7621 (author)witchdragon132012-10-20

What kind of Oil do you use? I just bought Lavender Oil, The bottle says "Warming Oil" I have a Glade Night Light Plug-In. Another site that I read they suggested filling the container about 1/3 of the way. Then adding water? After reading some of the posts here I am a little nervous about plugging it in... lol

noahh (author)witchdragon132007-09-02

Ya. that would be cool.

beadsrfun (author)2012-09-21

This sounds extremely risky. I would not try this just to save a few dollars.

jaxboy (author)2012-08-04

I followed this instructable using the essential oils from Essential Trading Post on ebay and their carrier oil, and they work great!. They have a huge selection at good prices. I blended their musk and their rum and maple for a nice manly scent, and one refill has lasted well over 2 months. It is not a strong, overpowering scent, just a hint when I come into the room. Thanks for the idea!

castmstr (author)2012-06-28

ok ive done this and i must say you have to try this oil out from Gold canyon. omg its so nice and very strong. when you warm it your home smells every where. i order at they have great scents

AmazonQueen (author)2012-05-22

oooo! Gonna try the scented oils they have at Walmart. Should work just fine right? They're for electric oil warmers anyway. And they're cheap too, like .98 cents a bottle. I'll let ya know :D

Cortneydea28 (author)2012-02-22

I'm not sure about the other plugins, but I've refilled AirWick plugins with liquid potpourri and it didn't work so great. The warmer doesn't get warm enough to release the scent, and the wick just expands if you use the original wick. Not sure if it'd do that with a new wick or not. I think I'm going to go back to the store though and find some scented oil made for warmers. I have a Febreze plugin just like the one in this instructable too. Thanks so much for posting this instructable!!!!! it's really helpful!!

Amberosa (author)2011-03-16

Dear HomeFragrance,
Thank you for the wick info. I order some today.
Have a good day everyone!

This is a great site.


PUDS (author)2009-04-06


homefragrance (author)PUDS2009-04-20

You can purchase the replacement wick at Abundant Health website for 30 cents/piece. Here is the link:

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