Some might wonder why anyone would want to make Air fresheners when you can simply pick one up at a store. Homemade Air fresheners usually smell more natural and are free from harsh chemicals since you know very well what ingredients used in making them.
Especially in a place like Nigeria, where we suffer from lots of air pollution. These unpleasant odors are unhealthy and unsafe for man’s health. Many people bypass air fresheners but having them can make a whole world of difference in your home, office space or bathroom. Air freshener do not only give an inviting smell when it is applied, they are also very essential in destroying microorganisms that are harmful to health.
Do you want to add a breath of freshness and fragrance to your space?
How to Make Air Freshener in Nigeria
This article will teach you a few ways to make air freshener, read on below:
Ingredients needed to make Air Freshener
Caustic soda also known as Sodium Hydroxide to serve as soluble substance- 1 spoon
Sodium Laurel Sulfate to serve as Emulsifier- 0.5%
Glycerine or Propylene Glycol to serve as Filler or Extender- 10%
Boric Acid or Methyl Paraben to serve as Preservative: 1%
Fragrance such as Lemon or Lavender that aromatizes the mixture and allows for a pleasant smell: As desired
Formalin (1 teaspoon): This is harsh-smelling liquid that serves as a disinfectant in the mixture. When using Formalin, you should be careful because it is harmful to the skin.
Water: 4 litres
A stirring stick (what you will stir your air freshener with)
A measuring device such as a weighing scale or measuring cylinder
Colorant: This is optional and gives color to the mixture. You need just a small amount of colorant.
Procedure to make liquid air freshener in Nigeria
The process of making air freshener is very easy. You do not need any special equipment. Follow the procedure below:
Step 1: Pour water (solvent) and caustic soda pearls into a bowl or container, ensure you gradually stir to dissolve the pearls.
Step 2: Add Sodium Laurel Sulfate and mix together
Check the pH level of the water to make sure that the acid has neutralized properly. The pH level should be in neutral stage, that is between 7 and 8
Step 3: If you have decided to use a disinfectant such as menthol, vinegar or Formalin, you can add it here
Step 4: Add Glycerine
Step 5: Add perfume or fragrance and stir together
Step 6: Pour your deionized water into the mixture.
Step 7: Continue stirring until the substances are well mixed together
Step 8: Allow the mixture to dissolve for 24 hours and then filter and package it for sales
How to make a disinfecting Air freshener
You can also add coloring such as dye
Essential oil formula for making Air freshener
- Spray bottle
- Alcohol such as vodka or witch hazel
- Distilled water
- Essential oil blend
Procedure for making Air Freshener with Essential Oil
- Gather the materials and ingredients: Ensure you have the recipes at hand before you begin. Measure your ingredients. Remember that the amount of essential oil you put in your mixture would determine how long its scent will last.
- Combine all of the ingredients: You can put the mixture directly into the container so as to avoid wastage and keep things simple. You can also experiment by mixing essential oils together.
- Pour the catalyst and the perfume into one of your containers. Close it tightly and shake well. You can now spray your Air freshener. Since the essential oils tend to float on top of the water, always shake your sprayer bottle before spraying.
When using essential oils, the oil tends to float on top of the water, always shake your sprayer bottle before spraying in your home.
Homemade refill for a plug-in.
If you already have a plug-in air freshener, you can use the ingredients mentioned as a refill. All you need to do is take the wick out, pour some water mixed with essential oils and put the wick back in. That way you will have saved some money and made your own plug in Air freshener.
Making Air freshener with Fabric Softener
Fabric softeners always smell nice and is a good ingredient for a homemade air freshener. What you will need is:
A spray bottle
A funnel (which is optional).
This process of making Air freshener using Fabric softener is even much easier.
Procedure for making Air Freshener using Fabric softener:
- Combine all of the ingredients
- Pour the mix into the spray bottle
- Shake it intensely and your air freshener is ready to use.
Make sure that you shake the bottle every time before use.
How to make Air freshener gel
Purchasing Air freshener gel from stores can be expensive. You can make air freshener gels yourself and save some cash. Supplies needed include:
- Essential oil
Procedure for making Air freshener Gel
Dissolve salt and Gelatine in warm water
Add the essential oil
Air freshener gels last for a very long time.
Using Vinegar to make Air freshener for Home use
When making Air freshener for home use, you can make use of the age-long Vinegar. Fill a bowl with plain old white vinegar from the store. You can spray it around your room. The vinegar smell should go away fairly quickly.
If the smell of vinegar is too sharp or harsh for you, you can try diluting the vinegar before spraying it. You can put just one tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of water.
The beauty of vinegar as an air freshener is that it doesn’t leave behind cheap artificial fragrances that can trigger allergies or cause irritation. Your air is left actually naturally fresh rather than covered with perfume and chemicals. You can also add a few drops of your favorite oil such as Lavender to this recipe in order to give it your favorite scent.
The above recipes can be used to make Air fresheners at home and also for commercial use. When making Air freshener for sale, ensure you package the product well and also market to those who will need it such as Offices, etc.