Store bought room sprays and deodorizers may smell good, but they can be very bad for your upper respiratory system as well as your overall health. Common ingredients in these products include formaldehyde, phthalates, and dangerous aerosol propellants such as butane and propane — not to mention the thousands of other endocrine-disprupting chemicals that are not required to be disclosed on the product’s label. Exposure to these ingredients has been linked to cancer, pulmonary damage, asthma, and skin issues, among other concerns.
Scent Your Home Safely
It doesn’t matter how clean your house is — sometimes odours happen, and essential oils are a great way to lightly fragrance your home without dangerous chemicals. DIY Room Sprays are one of the simplest luxuries you can make at home, and can easily be spritzed in areas of your home prone to odours, such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. While a diffuser also works wonderfully to safely scent your home, homemade room sprays are an affordable alternative to purchasing a diffuser.
Creating our DIY room spray is simple, and only requires 3 easily accessed ingredients – vodka, distilled water and your favourite essential oils. You will also need a glass bottle for dispensing. We recommend choosing a dark coloured glass bottle (such as the amber one pictured in this post). The dark colour will prevent light and UV rays from breaking down the essential oils.
Keep in mind that it’s recommended that you never use plastic spray bottles for your DIY room spray or any other recipe using essential oils. The potent essential oils can erode the bottle, causing the chemicals in the bottle to leach into the product. Definitely not what you want if you’re trying to avoid toxins.
Make a natural, chemical-free room spray with vodka and essential oils.
- 1 part distilled water
distilled water is required to maintain freshness
- 1 part vodka
the alcohol helps to disperse the essential oils into the water as well as acts as a preservative
- 20-30 drops essential oils
see our recipe suggestions below
- Dark glass spray bottle
- Mason jar
with lid for mixing
- Small funnel
To begin, gather your (sterilized) supplies. In a mason jar, combine the vodka and the essential oils, using a essential oil combination of your choice. (Some oil combo suggestions are below.)
With the lid on your mason jar, shake the mixture vigorously. The essential oils won't mix into the water on their own, but when diluted in the vodka first, they will combine more efficiently. This is why it's important to only add the distilled water AFTER shaking the oils into the vodka. The alcohol will also help the scent linger longer, as well act as a preservative. (Also, please note, cheap vodka works just as well as the more expensive brands.)
You should also shake your room spray prior to spritzing, so that the essential oils remain distributed in the liquid. We like to reuse little glass spritzer bottles for our room sprays but affordable bottles can also be purchased online, such as these ones.
Warning: Be careful with darker coloured essential oils (such as vanilla oleoresin) as they are more likely to stain fabrics, rugs and carpets. Also, don’t spritz your room spray on, or near wood furniture.
Some Recipe Favourites
Orange Cider Room Spray
Sweet Cola Room Spray
Vanilla Latte Room Spray
Vanilla Cola Room Spray
Tropical Room Spray
Have you ever tried to make your own DIY room spray? How do you safely scent your home? Let us know in the comments below.
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