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Picture of Homemade Air Freshener Gel
I wanted to share my experience with making these easy and useful Air Freshener Gels.  A relatively low cost Do-It-Yourself room air freshener, you may have all the ingredients already!

I keep one in each vehicle and at my desk at work.

The total time it takes to make is about five to six (5-6) minutes and then twenty-four (24) hours to solidify.

Materials & Equipment:
  • Three (3) to four (4) jars, capable of holding 1/2-cup of fluid each.  I used four (4) clean and recycled baby food jars, and each jar holds 1/2-cup of mixture.
  • Food Coloring
  • Essential Oil or Room Fragrance drops (Can be purchased at a craft store, but I found one on sale for $2 at Wal-mart.)
  • Two (2) cups of water, divided into two 1-cup amounts
  • Four (4) envelopes unflavored gelatine (one 1-oz box)
  • One (1) tablespoon of salt
  • Kitchen equipment such as a whisk, a pan to boil the water and spoons (plastic or metal) to mix the concoction

Prepare:
  • Pour a few drops of food coloring of your choice into each jar.
  • Next, pour one (1) teaspoon (minimum) of essential oil into each jar.  You may want to add more if you desire a stronger scent emanating from the end result.  I did not use more than two teaspoons and was pleased with the one teaspoon result.

Boil and Mix:
  • Bring one (1) cup of water to a boil.
  • Add all four (4) envelopes of gelatine to the boiling water and whisk until dissolved.  (I estimate it dissolved in about a minute.)
  • After the gelatine dissolves, add the remaining cup of water and then the salt.
  • After the salt dissolves, remove the pan from the heat and pour into the prepared jars.  Try pouring the mixture into the jars within a few minutes of removing the pan off of the heat.
  • NOTE: Please be careful as the mixture will be very hot!  My husband held the pot with a steady hand for the photo.  However the second time I did this by myself, I made a mess everywhere and spilled the gelatine mixture on the counter.  You may want to use a funnel to put the gelatine mixture in the jars.
  • I used a broken clothespin to stir the gelatinous combination, but suggest using plastic spoons.  Use them quickly as the heat from the water could make them melt slightly.
Let the now fragrant gel mix solidify at room temperature for at least 24-hours.
Can you believe that's it?

The scent and solid mixture will disintegrate over time.  The one in my car has lasted over a month.  The one in my bathroom has lasted over a month but probably will be ready to clean out in another week.  I estimate that one jar would last from four to six (4-6) good weeks of scent dispersion. Make sure the lid is off the container to enjoy!

Thanks for reading and I hope you post pictures of your gels.
The original Pinterest pin for this is here: DIY Air Fresheners.

I'm going to make these today! I'm also going to experiment putting glitter in my mixture! Thanks so much for sharing this superb "ible"!

Katielea1438 months ago
When letting the gel mixture sit to solidify, should the lid be off or on?
antoniraj9 months ago
colorful and nice looking...
tray212911 months ago
Can you use flavored gelatin if that's what you have on hand at the time?
DeandrasCrafts (author)  tray212910 months ago
I think you could, but the chance of that "going bad" or molding would be MUCH greater because of the sugars. I'd be interested in trying it, but in my house, we can't waste flavored gelatin. =)
Amyrosie1 year ago
That's a wonderful idea! I did this last week-end and I had a blast! :) Only thing I noticed is some of the fragrance oil stays on top of the gelatin. Maybe because I added glitter and miniature fimo fruits in each of my jars? Also, I didn't use salt, I used vodka. I read somewhere else that people had mold problems with salt.

Anyway, thanks for sharing :)
Just tried this and the some of the gelatin stayed clumped is this normal? I'll give an update in 24 hours
One of my batches had clumping gelatin that wouldn't separate while whisking the gelatin in the boiling water.
I completely removed those clumps with spoons AFTER trying to separate them with the wisk. I hope the recipe still worked for you!
Wow! What a great ides!! I will try this!!
DeandrasCrafts (author)  Pane-Bistecca1 year ago
Thank you!
t8001 year ago
I always wondered what is in those commercial ones. Thank you very much for posting!
DeandrasCrafts (author)  t8001 year ago
Thank you for your comment and for looking!
Latona381 year ago
What a neat idea! I'm gonna try this.. Thanks for sharing!
DeandrasCrafts (author)  Latona381 year ago
Thank you!
DeandrasCrafts (author) 1 year ago
Just in case you are curious, here are a few photos of my disintegrated air fresheners. They have been in the bathrooms for over a month. The orange one was poked by a little finger before it really began to dissipate. That's what the hole was from. The purple air freshener has not been touched and the picture does not show how close to the bottom it is. That one is almost ready to wash out.
Hope that helps anybody that is curious!
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AmyBourque1 year ago
How long does it last unopened? If the seal is good, does it stay solid or does it break down after a while?
DeandrasCrafts (author)  AmyBourque1 year ago
That's a good question. I've had three covered ones in my pantry for over a month now, and they look just like they did when I made them. I am going to post pictures of the ones that are almost disintegrated so look for those pictures!
Thanks for looking and for your questions!
HollyMann1 year ago
awesome!!! what a great idea...someday when I have the time, I def. plan on making these..I hope that someday is soon! Today I am off to clean the house ..this will be in my favs!...:)
DeandrasCrafts (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you so much Holly! This 'ible is going crazy and I would have never guessed it. =)
Well it is an awesome idea! :) People love it! I am trying to stay away from all the chemical air freshener sprays so I love this!
ktara1 year ago
What you can do with the jars is put them in a hot water bath first. I'd get a saucepan and just use hot water from the tap. Doesn't even need to be a lot, just enough to get the glass heated so it's not a shock. I do this when I'm canning so i don't break the jars with the boiling pickle juice. I also do this with my teapot, just rinsing it out from the tap.

Thanks for this, it's a great idea! We go through so many different products trying to find one that lasts.
They look very decorative. How long do these last?
DeandrasCrafts (author)  Dominic Bender1 year ago
The one in my car has lasted over a month. The one in my bathroom is dissolving faster than the one in my car, but has still lasted a little over a month. Thank you for your comment and I will add that to the instructable. =)
blkhawk1 year ago
I knew about candles and stick dispersers but I did not know about gel! Clever idea!
DeandrasCrafts (author)  blkhawk1 year ago
Thank you!