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DIY Solid Air Fresheners

Mason jars aren't just for canning anymore - there are so many innovative accessories for these all-purpose wonders! Today's project is a DIY solid air freshener made with essential oils to replace the mystery fragrance ingredients in products like Glade and Renuzit. The recipe calls for gelatin powder, food coloring, and water - that's it!

If you'd like to use all-natural colors, you can find them on our website. Bonus: these 100% plant based colors do not stain clothing or furniture!


Mason Jar DIY Solid Air Freshner


  • 4 ounce Mason jars (recipe makes 2 jars)

  • Frog lids for Mason jars

  • 2 packets of gelatin powder (1/4 ounce, or about 2 1/4 teaspoons in each packet)

  • Food coloring

  • Essential oils of choice


1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup hot water and the two packets of gelatin powder.

2. Stir immediately until powder is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.

3. Add food coloring by drop until desired shade is reached. Air freshener can be left clear, if desired.

4. Pour 1/2 cup of ice cold water into the bowl.

5. Mix the cold and hot water together until completely combined.

6. Add the essential oils drop by drop until desired fragrance level is reached.

7. Pour the liquid evenly into the two mason jars.

8. Place the frog lid on top of each jar and tighten the canning jar rim over the jar and frog lid.

9. Allow to set in a cool, dry place for 1 to 2 hours.

Here are some of our favorite essential oil blends!

Woodsy: Juniper, Cypress, Cedarwood

Earthy: Clary Sage, Grapefruit, and Patchouli

Floral: Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium

Spicy: Cinnamon, Clove, and Orange

Citrus: Grapefruit, Lemon, and Orange

Sinus Soothing: Peppermint and Eucalyptus

Calming/Soothing: Frankincense, Lavender, bergamot, rose otto, and clary sage

You can find our full line of essential oils at, plus a wide range of accessories including ultrasonic diffusers, automotive diffusers, and plug-in diffusers. In addition to a wide variety of single oils, we also carry expertly pre-blended aromatherapy solutions - these can be used in your DIY air freshener as well!


Visit the National Poison Control Center for more information on the toxicity of conventional air fresheners and what to do if accidentally ingested by children or pets.

NOTE: Keep in mind that highly sensitive individuals may find even all natural essential oil blends irritating; both synthetic air fresheners and essential oils emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds) - otherwise, you wouldn't be able to smell them! VOCs are emitted as gases from some solids and liquids.

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