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forget the febreze + whip up a deodorizer with ease

If you find that sometimes your bathroom reeks, your compost smells rank, or that an old glass container that you’ve washed out 10 times still smells like spaghetti sauce — I’ve got a few suggestions that might help a bit with the stank.

Here’s what you’ll need:

☑ Spray bottle
☑ Witch hazel (or apple cider vinegar)
☑ Citrus essential oil
☑ “Purification” essential oil
☑ Water

A BIT OF BACKGROUND TO NOTE

Oil and water do not mix. We learned this in middle school science class. Essential oils are no different in that sense

But essential oils are super concentrated and need to be diluted most of the time. Typically, people dilute essential oils with other carrier oils — I love sweet almond and avocado oil. But if you’re looking to spray the air or spray a surface, using a carrier oil isn’t going to work the way you want it to.

You’ll need an emulsifier. From what I’ve researched, you can think of an emulsifier as partially water-based and partially oil-based — sort of.

Essentially an emulsifier positions itself between oil and water and can act as a middle-man between the two — therefore sort of connecting the two.

Here are examples of common emulsifiers:

☑ Apple cider vinegar
☑ Witch hazel
☑ Castile soap
☑ Aloe vera gel
☑ Honey
☑ Alcohol (i.e. a high proof vodka)

If you’re going to make a spray using any essential oil, be sure to use one of the above emulsifiers.

CREATING YOUR PURIFYING/FRESHENING SPRAY

Here are measurements for this purifying spray — I call mine “fresh spray.”

10-15 DROPS OF PURIFICATION ESSENTIAL OIL
10-15 DROPS OF CITRUS FRESH ESSENTIAL OIL (OR ANY CITRUS E.O.)
FILL 1/3 OF YOUR BOTTLE WITH WITCH HAZEL
FILL THE REST OF THE BOTTLE WITH PURIFIED OR DISTILLED WATER

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Et voila! You’ve got a freshening spray that’ll knock out any odors — trust me.

I keep mine in the bathroom for those more intense trips to the toilet 😉

You can spray your garbage can and all over your house. When I have an old glass spaghetti sauce jar that I want to keep to reuse, sometimes it still smells like tomatoes no matter how many times I wash it out.

I clean it out with hot water and soap and then I spray the container and lid with several spritzes of “fresh spray” and let it sit over night. Sometimes you need to do this a few times, but it definitely helps with the odor!

Also, sometimes my compost bin reeks. Although I keep it under my sink, sometimes when I need to dump it out the smell is pretty pungent when I open up the cabinet under the sink. Spraying “fresh spray” around that area in my kitchen really helps the stench.

My sister used to have a lot of trouble with her kitchen sink smelling bad. She would put a few drops of purification or citrus fresh (or even thieves or any citrus-y blend would work well!) down the disposal and it really helped the smell.

Get creative and let me know how you eliminate odors / if this spray worked for you!