Do you hate the overpowering, cloying scents of commercial car air fresheners? New store-bought air fresheners give me intense headaches. This is especially true with car scents. Here are some homemade car air freshener projects to make instead!
We stopped using them and switched to DIY car air fresheners because of my daughter’s car sickness and my headaches. The synthetic fragrance oils make her feel worse.
I started to make personalized air fresheners because I wanted to use a blend of essential oils that would help alleviate her nausea and motion sickness.
DIY Air Freshener Tutorials For All Year
Here are a few of the different and easy-to-make car air fresheners we’ve tried. There are so many different options that you can easily enjoy new ones every month!
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Natural Homemade Air Fresheners
I’ve used 100% wool felt, wooden clips, aroma beads, scented wax, and a portable car diffuser and each method works.
If you want a fun, practical, and cost-effective craft, try making your own scented car air freshener. It’s something that takes minutes to make but can be enjoyed for several days to weeks. They also make great personalized gifts!
This tropical leaf and twine hanging air freshener is a stylish way to naturally diffuse your essential oils in your car! I used wool felt and jute twine to make this DIY air freshener with essential oils. My daughter stole it from the car because it perfectly matches her boho-styled bedroom. Luckily, I easily made a second one for the car! She suggested I make a wall hanging with several leaves. That is on my list of projects to do next.
DIY Natural Air Freshener For Cold and Flu Season This easy craft walks you through using gel and essential oils to make a stylish homemade gel car air freshener. I love the look so much that I can’t decide if I should just use it in my house. Not only is it beautiful; it’s useful too. The essential oils I use in this air freshener help soothe my sinuses during allergy season or when we have a cold running through the household.
This mason jar air freshener is really a deodorizer. If your car gets smelly in the spring from months of carting around sweaty kids and sports gear, this recipe is perfect for you. Here’s a pro tip: Sprinkle some of it on the car’s carpet, floor mats, and fabric seats (if you have fabric seats). Let it sit for a bit. Then vacuum it up.
This tutorial is by far the easiest way to make a car air freshener. Want to know how this lazy mama makes homemade car wax air fresheners using leftover scented wax?.
I hate to throw things away! I literally have to fight against my hoarding tendencies every single day. This craft is excellent at using up old candle wax and scent tarts.
This little bag is a must-have on road trips. It is filled with “aroma beads,” little beads that soak up and hold essential oils. I created a nausea-soothing blend to make car trips with my youngest less messy! We even used them on our Disney cruise!
This natural car air freshener made with essential oils smells and looks just like candy corn! This one is made with water-absorbing crystals that release the scent as the water evaporates. It’s perfect for the Halloween season!
Scented Christmas Tree Ornament. Okay okay. This one is technically not a car freshener but it was inspired by one and who hasn’t seen pine tree air fresheners in cars before? This one is just cuter and made with natural essential oils and not synthetic fragrance oils.
Want some more DIY air freshener ideas?
DIY Owl Air Freshener from Simplistically Living. This air freshener is made with a cute wood cut out.
DIY Air Freshener from Natural Fit Foodie using jars, baking soda, and various natural scents and oils
How to make a homemade air freshener from Successful Homemakers
Dollar Tree Craft: Bead Gel Air Freshener from Fluster Buster
Homemade Mojito Gel Air Freshener from A Cultivated Nest. This jar air freshener looks good enough to drink!
Homemade Car Air Spray from JMan and Millerbug. This one is technical a spray and not left in the car but it counts, right?
Homemade Gel Air Freshener from the Centsable Shoppin
Essential Oil Air Fresheners from Greta’s Day
DIY Young Living Essential Oils In the Car from Diaries of a Domestic Goddess
Bonus: How to Make a Custom Car Air Freshener
Which homemade air freshener are you going to try first?
I would like to know how to make car perfume.