Good Friday morning, Moppers! It’s been a long week, but the good news is it’s almost over, and pretty soon we’ll all be able to punch out and welcome in the weekend with open arms. The summer is slowly winding down, so get as much fun in the sun as you can before we switch to a different kind of pleasure, involving pumpkin spice, warm blankets on chilly nights, and things that smell awesome!
Speaking of things that smell awesome (how’s that for a segue?), we’ve been dealing with some pretty unruly scents as we go about our cleaning routine. No, that’s not the awesome part, but what we have to show you today is.
We’ve been talking a lot about toxic chemicals in the things we use everyday, and one of the things we’ve mentioned is air fresheners you buy in the store. Whether it’s a spray, a candle, a gel, or one of the many other commercial air fresheners on the market, chances are one of the chemicals included in it is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, which are toxins that have definitively been proven by research to cause cancer in humans.
Yes, you read that correctly. The air fresheners you buy in the store contain a carcinogen that has been known to cause cancer. Is that something you really want to put in your home just to get it to smell nice? Of course it isn’t.
Thankfully we’re here today to show you how you can easily make an awesome gel air freshener that’s long lasting, smells great, and uses the power of essential oils.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- 1 pot
- 1 splash of vodka
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 cup of water (divided)
- Heat-safe container
- 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil
Step 1: Heat & Dissolve
In a pot, bring 3/4 cups of water to a boil over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir until dissolved.
Step 2: The Gel
Remove the pot from the heat and add 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Stir it all around until it’s dissolved, then add a splash of vodka and stir once more.
Step 3: More Water
Once everything is nice and dissolved in your hot water, add the remaining 1/4 cup of cold water, and allow the mixture to cool a little until the temperature reaches 100 degrees celsius.
Step 4: Transfer
Transfer the cooled mixture into your heat safe containers. It could be one big one, or several little ones depending on how you plan to distribute them throughout your home.
Step 5: Essential Oils
Now that you’ve got everything in your heat safe container, it’s time to add the oil. Drip in 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil, and stir everything around. If you’re using smaller containers, use your judgement with how much oil you’d like to add to each one depending on their size.
Bonus Tip: You can also add some food coloring at this point to give your gel air fresheners some color.
Step 6: Cool & Cover
Let everything cool, then feel free to cover with a vented lid to preserve the life of your air freshener.
That’s all there is to it. Pretty easy, right?
These will last you about a month before completely drying out, and they’re perfect for when you want to add a fresh scent to anywhere in your home that might not have a diffuser in it. The bathroom, the kitchen…wherever your little heart desires.
You can even play around with the scent by mixing and matching your essential oils. Rosemary and orange, basil and lemon, peppermint and orange. The decision is yours since you are the one now in control of how your home smells.
Say goodbye to toxic commercial air fresheners, and hello to the power of essential oils with these DIY gel air fresheners, and you’ll soon forget why you were ever buying them at the store to begin with.
Enjoy your Friday, and the weekend, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again on Monday!
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