How to Make a Hidden Air Freshener

Since I live in a house full of boys, I usually like to keep a few air fresheners on hand.  Our house is smaller though and sometimes air fresheners can overpower the place.  I found that to be the case with the Scentsy warmer (a Christmas gift) that I put in our bathroom.  We liked the scent but it was too much smell for us.  I really do like Glade Scented Oil Candles but they burn pretty fast and it is not always practical to have a candle burning in some of our rooms (I’m pretty sure the clutter in the boys’ bedrooms is flammable.).  The Bath and Body Works Concentrated sprays are good and last a long time but certain people around here like to over-spray those products.   I’m not sure how long my Hidden Air Freshener will last but the one in the bathroom is still going pretty strong after about a week.

This is where my crafting and creating ability have stalled out but it’s a nice smelling place at least.      It only takes 2 items not counting a fork or other tool for poking holes.  Aren’t you intrigued?   Before I show you my “craft project” and note I’m using that term very loosely here, please note that my children are older and I would NEVER have put this out where younger children could access it.   I am not sure I would even put it out (in plain sight) anywhere company could access or see it.  However, it was a cheap project and it does work so I’m going to show you what us craft-challenged folks can make.   It only takes 3 items to create this air freshener.

Supplies needed for creating a Redneck air freshener.

Supplies needed for creating a Redneck air freshener.

You most likely already have a fork and some sore of Ziploc bag in your home.  The third item is a free sample of Downy Unstoppables that came in the mail many weeks ago.  I actually managed to get two free samples at different times but I’m sorry to say I do not remember where I ordered them.  Why would I want to use a sample of fabric softener in the laundry?    One day our main bathroom that the boys use was not smelling so nice and I didn’t have time to do the full cleaning that getting rid of boy smell requires.  So I grabbed my Glade oil candle container (I was out of the candles) and filled it with the contents of the bag.  Then, later the same week I came across some candles on clearance and wanted my container back so dumped the little pellets in a Ziploc bag and punched a few holes in it (You didn’t think I was going to say that later the same week I actually cleaned the bathroom did you?) and placed it on the back of the toilet.  I was amazed at the results both times although I thought it did better in the bag.  The dampness of the bathroom seemed to release the scent a bit but that could have been my imagination.  I also didn’t find the scent overpowering.  Are you wishing I’d share step by step instructions?  Your wish is granted!

Use a fork to poke holes in a Ziploc bag.

Use a fork to poke holes in a Ziploc bag.

Open the Downy Unstopables and pour into Ziploc bag.

Open the Downy Unstoppables and pour into Ziploc bag.

Seal the bag and your Redneck air freshener is done.

Seal the bag and your Redneck air freshener is done.

I stopped there when I made one for the main bathroom but was thinking on how I could make this pretty enough to share in a blog post.  The only thing I could think of doing was to hide it.  I think those of you out there who could sew could make a really pretty cover for it though.  Here’s what I did for the one I made for our bathroom.

I took the (rather dusty) bowl of seashells that I keep in there.

I took the (rather dusty) bowl of seashells that I keep in there.

I emptied out the shells and wiped out the bowl.

I emptied out the shells and wiped out the bowl.

I put my "air freshener" in the bowl and flattened it a bit.

I put my “air freshener” in the bowl and flattened it a bit.

Is it me or do those Downy Unstoppable pellets look a bit like the Dipping Dots ice cream?  That would be a good reason to keep them away from kids (and hungry adults!). Anyway, here is my final result:

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Finally, I replaced the bowl of shells back to it its usual place on the back of the toilet where it will now look pretty as well as smell nice.

Now the (newly clean) seashell bowl looks and smells nice.

Now the (newly clean) seashell bowl looks and smells nice.

I think the best air freshener is open windows plus a clean home but that can take more time. Do you use air fresheners in your home?  What is your favorite kind of air freshener?

I’m linking this post up to Works-f0r-Me-Wednesday hosted by We are THAT Family as well as Show and Share Wednesday hosted by Mostly Homemade Mom. Go check out all the ideas over there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “How to Make a Hidden Air Freshener

  1. Kristy

    I love it! I think I’m going to copy it. I have a basket of toiletries on top of the toilet for guests to use when they stay and it could be hidden in there. 🙂 Or just under the bathroom sink, or in the bathroom closet. I wonder if the smell would seep out enough. Awesome idea.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Both our bathrooms are smaller but I can still really smell the scent and I could actually smell it in the room around the corner when I first put it in the main bathroom. It did fade as far as stretching that far over time.

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  2. Elizabeth

    Very good idea!
    My favorite kind is the glade scented oil candle I forget what the name of my favorite scent is its kind of brownish and I don’t always see it in the store.
    I do end up using a lot of frebreze though and chasing my husband around with it. Boys should be given the same talking to about their farts as little girls are. Oy!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I have a hard time remembering the names of the scents I like on those things as well. I bought some yellow ones on clearance and they smell really good. I do know my favorite one is called clean linen. I’m obsessed with clean laundry smells just not the actual process of doing the laundry-ha! Oh, I’m sorry but boys can be hopeless on that stuff. I was just telling my 7th grader that No, we do not need to download a fart sounds app even if it is free.

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