Homemade Gel Air Freshener

Homemade Gel Air Freshener
 Homemade Gel Air Freshener

Earlier this week, I made two different Gel Air Fresheners. They both have the same ingredients, but use different amounts of each item. I like a lot of scent in an air freshener. I want to walk by it or walk into the room and be able to smell the scent.  I adapted both recipes very slightly by increasing the amount of essential oils in them. If you don’t want as strong of a scent, use less, want a stronger scent, add more.

The other thing I experimented with, was to see if they could be used on a candle warmer. Would it help scent the entire room? Could they stand up to the heat? How long would they last doing it this way? The results were a resounding YES! Putting them on a candle warmer is the trick if you, like me, want to have the scent through out the room. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this! This is great news for those of us that don’t want to use the toxic store bought ones, and for those with allergies! The only downside is that they don’t last as long if you use them this way. How long they last will depend on how often you have your candle warmer on. If you don’t put them on the candle warmer they will last about one month.

One thing I want to stress, keep an eye on your candle warmer. Don’t leave the house with it turned on! Also, the gel air freshener will evaporate with use, you don’t want to have an empty jar sitting on your candle warmer. Nope, not a good thing!

Make sure you use STERILE jars, especially for the ones that you plan on setting around the house. This, along with the salt in each one, will help deter mold from growing.

I haven’t decided which recipe I like better, too early for me to say, so I am sharing both of them with you. I will update at a later time if  I decide I like one better than the other. The one thing I did notice was that with the first recipe, the gel seemed clearer and it didn’t “goop” up while I was mixing it. Give one or both a try and let me know what you think of them!

Homemade Gel Air Freshener
Here is what you will need for option #1
1 package Unflavored Gelatin, like Knox
1 cup Boiling Water
1 tablespoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon essential oil, any scent(s) 
more or less depending on your preference of scent
Sterile heatproof Glass Jars
Mix ingredients together in a heatproof bowl.
I used my Pyrex measuring cup.
Stir until gelatin is dissolved.
Pour mixture into sterile glass jars.
Let sit to set up and then place around your house
or use in your candle warmer.
Here is what you will need for option #2
4 packages or 1 ounce Unflavored Gelatin, like Knox
1 cup Boiling Water
1 cup Cold Water
1 tablespoon Salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Essential Oils, any scent,
more or less depending on your preference of scent
Sterile heatproof Glass Jars
Mix gelatin and hot water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved.
Add in remaining ingredients. Stir well.
Pour mixture into sterile glass jars.
Let sit to set up and then place around your house
or use in your candle warmer.
I love the smell of lemons, so I used lemon essential oil in the jars I made. 
Lemons have such a clean refreshing scent, makes the room smell nice!
You can add a lid, if you like.
 I used a large scrap booking hole punch and
punched holes into my canning jar lids.
Easy Peasy!
I would not recommend putting a lid on the jars
that didn’t allow for circulation.
If you do it will increase the chances of them molding.
Yuck! No one wants that!
Update 4/25/12:  Just wanted to add, that they don’t keep their scent for very long. I still have them sitting around the house. If I get close to them I can smell them, but they don’t scent the room. Also, as far as the two recipes, I really can’t tell that much difference between the two of them.


  1. says


    I have several sitting around the house. The ones I put on the candle warmer didn’t last long, BUT I turned them on and then did what I said not to do, forgot they were on! Oops! LOL

    The next batch I make, I want to experiment and add lemon extract to the ones I will put on the candle warmer. I want to see if that makes the scent stronger.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  2. says

    the reason they lost their scent is because EO’s and FO’s (essential oils and fragrance oils) have a flash point. Flash point is NOT when it would catch on fire or explode… it is the temperature it reaches and EVAPORATES….. tart warmer and candle warming plate can get close to those temps. Read your bottle… see what the flash point is. Also, there is alcohol in extract… so you are paying lots of $$ for VERY little scent. To get good fragrances at cheap prices, search for candle and soap fragrances on google… also look for FO’s that are PHTHALATE FREE this is the chemical that is toxic and has been linked to a pleathera of nasty health issues. I use http://www.justscent.com They offer fragrance dups so you don’t have to use your favorite parfume to scent your home. Their prices are competative. I’ve not been in the soap/candle biz for some time… but I do make little jellies like the one described here just because I won’t pour out or dump old FO’s and it makes my house smell WONDERFUL!

  3. says

    Hmmm I’ve been trying to figure out what to do. My neighbor cooks stinky food and it fills my apartment. Morning & night. I’d like to try this, I should get a candle warmer, as I need to bomb my place with fragrance!!!!!

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