Though my youngest is finally entering the “School Aged” years, my car still remembers the destructive toddler years. No matter how long it has been since a sippy cup filled with milk or soy milk has been in my car, I swear I can still catch a whiff of it whenever my car air freshener wears off.
I like to buy the Yankee Candle Air Fresheners but they haven’t been lasting as long as I would like so I decided to make a wax air freshener for my car myself.
I am a big fan of the smell of lavender. It is relaxing and supposed to help relieve stress. I have two mini tornadoes kids that specialize in pushing my buttons and indoor demolition. I need every bit of help I can get when it comes to remaining calm and collected. And I do love the smell.
My awesome mother in law got me a Scentsy warmer and some Scentsy wax melts. Though I love the scent, it was way too strong and I ended up putting the set away.
Related: Make this beautiful gel freshener for your car!
My car, like all cars in Florida, gets HOT. (It is tragic how many children are left in cars despite the temperatures. Even five minutes is too long, people!) I decided to put the left over Scentsy cubes to use by making some homemade car air freshener.
Tutorial for my DIY Car Air Freshener with Wax Melts
- A small jar
- A hammer and a sturdy nail
- 2 wax melts
I found a small jar that I am sure used to have artichoke hearts in it based on the size and dropped two cubes in it.
I wanted the scent to be able to escape the jar so I used a nail and a hammer to poke out some holes.
To pretty up the jar a bit, I painted the top a nice lavender.
The jar fits perfectly in my cup holder. Wax tarts and scented wax cubes are very inexpensive. Quality car fresheners can be pricey so it is nice to get the same scent in my car for much less!
My car gets very warm in the sun so the wax melts a little bit. It doesn’t become a completely liquid puddle so it isn’t as strong of a scent as it is on a warmer. However, it is the perfect amount of scent for the car.
I can’t wait until Christmas when I make one with pine scented wax melts in it. I love the smell of Christmas trees.
Don’t like the idea of wax in your car? Check out this DIY Car Air Freshener option.
Hi! I recently found this idea through pinterest and have a question. I love the way this works, as I have wax warmers all over my house! I tried it and loved it but I want to change the scent and am looking for an easy way to get the old scent out of the glass jar. I tried to freeze it like I do with my warmers but that is proving to be rather difficult with the glass. Any suggestions?
Hi Deanna, you can also submerge the jar in a pot of boiling water (be careful) and then you can pour out the melted wax onto a paper towel (or a bunch of them) and dispose of it that way.
Thank you so much for this great idea! I bought these Honeysuckle scented wax cubes which I love and wanted this fragrance in my car. My daughter and I were trying to think of something and then we saw your craft. We are going to do this immediately. Thanks! A perfect idea for us.
Glad you found it!
Jill @ Ripped Jeans & Bifocals says
Awesome idea! I pinned it and stumbled it! Have a great weekend!
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Thanks Jill! Hope you are having a great weekend too!
What a great idea! Definitely doing this, I’ve tried so many different kinds and never even thought to try and make my own where I can decide how strong or mild I want the scent to be! Pinned. 🙂
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The Dose of Reality says
What a fantastic idea!! I can get overwhelmed by too much scent, but this sounds right up my alley! (and timely to boot. My car reeks of smelly football clothes and who knows what else!!) –Lisa
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Mine has an weird old milk and soccer sweat aroma lol
Maria Scruggs says
Definitely going to do this! Thanks 🙂
Put it in your husband’s truck and make it smell purty.
Maria Scruggs says
Ha! The trucks sit motionless in the driveway. He has realized its cheaper to commute with my lil fuel efficient car–but yes, it will be going in BOTH cars lol!
Awesome and so simple! I need like 4 of these! I love the new header, by the way!
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Thanks, Echo! I wanted something that reflected the craziness around here more lol. My blog’s been needing some cleaning up. 🙂
My car smells nice and relaxing now too.