Homemade Gel Air Freshener

VIDEO: I’ve seen many recipes for homemade gel air freshener and thought it was about time to test them out! Results? Solid A! This is a cheap and fun weekend project and I love experimenting with different colours and scents. My fave combo of smells is sandalwood and vanilla. But, in the summer months spearmint and grapefruit is lovely too.




Makes enough for four small fresheners

Adapted from TipNut

4 packets of unflavoured gelatin

1 cup boiling water

1 cup cold water

1 tsp salt (mold inhibitor)

1 tsp vinegar (firming agent)

Food colouring

10 – 15 drops essential oils (try to incorporate one antibacterial oil i.e. tea tree, lemon or lavender)

4 X small glass containers

TIP: Don’t be too vigorous with your whisking! You want to avoid a lot of air bubbles so the top of your freshener looks smooth. You can “kill” any surface air bubbles by spraying your freshener with a fine mist of rubbing alcohol before it sets.




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  • Reply November 16, 2013


    I made these. Used orange food coloring and wild orange essential oil. But because I live in Florida within 10 days moldy…any suggestions. Add more salt? Or something else??.

    • Reply November 17, 2013


      Hi there! Thanks for giving these a try! Maybe a couple drops of an essential oil that has antifungal properties would help? This may help the fresheners last longer in your climate (they last about a month for me). Try lemon or cinnamon with your orange. Tea tree is my favourite but it may not work well with fruit scents.

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