DIY Gel Air Fresheners
You are going to love these. They are so neat, I couldn't wait to try them! They are homemade gel air fresheners, and what's great about them is that you get to choose your own scent and they are completely natural.
To make your own gel air fresheners you will need:
- 2 pkg. unflavored gelatin
- 2 c. water
- 20-30 drops essential oil
- Food coloring
- 1 tbsp. salt
- Small heat-proof container
Small jelly or jam jars work great for these air fresheners. You can buy a package of four Ball decorative jelly jars for abour $5 at Walmart.
Next you need to choose your scent. You can buy inexpensive fragrance oils in the candle section at Walmart. They have many scents to choose from. You can also use essential oils (sweet orange oil smells great), but they are more expensive. You can order these online or find them at some craft stores or in your local health food store. You can also find great smelling fragrance oils at high end home interior stores.
Food coloring is optional. If you don't add color your gel air fresheners will be clear, so if you want them colored, add a few drops of food coloring of your choice.
Heat one cup of water in a small sauce pan to a boil, and sprinkle both packages of gelatin on top of the water. Use a whisk to mix it together until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Add the food coloring, salt, and essential oil, and stir until well blended. Add remaining cup of water and stir again. Pour the mixture into the glass jar and let set until the gelatin thickens and sets. One recipe makes one gel air freshener, depending on the size of your jar.
Note: The salt is added as a natural preservative. These air fresheners will last for about a month with the salt added. Then you can rinse them out and make new ones. If you don't add the salt the mixture will mold much faster.
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