Updated DIY Air Freshener!!!Actually Works!!!!


Introduction: Updated DIY Air Freshener!!!Actually Works!!!!

Ok, I realise my previous febreeze mixture wasnt so good but this one, will smell even more fresh and wont give you headaches!

you will need:

a pot and a working stove

water (preferably deionized, BUT NOT NECESSARY)

some crappy vodka, if its not filtered, filter it with any filtering mechanism

cinnamon extract


apple juice, from the apple, left over night (to vaporize sugar)


!!!ginger extract!!!!

and fabric softener

Step 1: Time to Boil

fill up the pot with as much water as you want

place on stove-top

turn stove to medium heat

wait until it boils

Step 2: Add Scents

after the water is boiling, add vodka until the vapor starts smelling like vodka.

next, add your preferred scent, adding all three will make it smell spring-like, which is good. add slowly until you can smell it in the vapor.

lastly, add a small amount of fabric softener.

turn off stove and wait till it cools.

pour into bottle, and enjoy, freshness lovers.



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    14 Discussions

    Vodka is flammable, I believe? People with gas stoves should be very careful with vodka around open flame...

    The cheapest fastest easiest room freshener when you don't have Febreeze:


    Take one empty clean spray bottle, fill half full with hot water.
    Insert 2 or 3 fabric softener drier sheets.
    Put the pump cap on tight.
    Shake shake shake.
    Pump pump pump..

    Smells like the real febreeze.. Hey.. maybe it is!

    fabreeze/febreze contains Cyclodextrins to get rid of smells, please tell me how this accomplishes that...

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    lol, its funny going back to this instructable, considering I made it 2 years ago. My science behind this was a bit skewed at the time- I didnt think things through all the way, nor did I understand what was going on. But it smelt nice. My shoes and couch were not so.....ugh....anymore. And while this instructables was made, that is all that mattered.

    Drive to the liquor store, buy vodka. Drive home, use vodka to make spray while drinking the scotch.

    i seen something like this were they used vodka and cinnamon powder left it over night if im correct and used it as a gargle on mythbusters i would leave the thing u want the spray to smell like in the vodka over night and then add it to the water great instructable i hate having to pay alot to make my house smell nice


    11 years ago

    Leaving apple juice out overnight will not vaporize any sugars.... A small amount of water will be lost, some bugs will probably find it, and that's pretty much it. I'd be afraid adding it to the mix could make my stuff sticky. Like the fabric softener idea tho, i can see that actualy working. I hate all fabric softener scents, unfortunately.

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    I know that the real febreze doesn't stain fabric... does this? If it doesn't, it would be really great as the real stuff is very costly.

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    This mixture doesnt stain at all, but if you'd like to be on the cautious side, only use vodka, water, and a bit of fabric softener, which works just as well.

    If you want to literally deodorize a room, try 1:5 white vinegar to water. This leaves no sour smell, and neutralizes other smells quickly. If you want to add a mild smell, add some vanilla extract. The cheap stuff even has alcohol in it, which helps it to evaporate neatly. For a more distinct smell, simmer a few cloves or a cinnamon stick with the water; these can go right into the spray bottle afterwards.

    I don't get what the fabric softener is for. What I would really like to see is a totally unscented air freshener. The stuff you buy in the store just adds more stink to the air as well as chemicals. I suppose if someone else doesn't have this as a project, I might be up for the challenge.