I have long struggled with candles, air fresheners and scented wax melts. I live with two kids, one of whom is potty training, so I am a big fan of anything that can make my house smell a little better! However, my oldest child as a touch of asthma, and is quite sensitive to artificial ingredients, so I have to be super careful about what I am putting into our environment.
There was actually one incident were a burning scentsy caused her to have an asthmatic episode, so that was the last time we burned any wax melts with synthetic fragrances. I occasionally make and burn my own DIY scented bars, and those worked well. I am also a big fan of diffusing essential oils in my essential oil diffuser.
But sometimes I want something working proactively, before smells start. And yes, I am talking about primarily about my 2-year-old’s bedroom, because potty training is a long process full of many, many accidents. So, I thought a really fun and practical way to freshen areas in my home would be to make citrus rind air fresheners. Citrus rind air fresheners are completely natural, easy to make, and effective at absorbing unwanted odors, while simultaneously putting a subtle fragrance in the room. As the name indicates, they’re made with the rinds of citrus fruits, which contain citric acid that naturally neutralize odors.
The citrus rinds are then filled with sea salt, which soaks up bad odors in the room. I like to add some essential oils to put out a mild pleasant fragrance, and I mix in some fresh herbs for color and additional aroma.
In addition to being a natural air freshener, these citrus rind air freshners are beautiful, and make for a lovely, and inexpensive decor. There are endless combinations, so you can find the right blend for your family. Below are my favorite combinations I have tried:
Grapefruit Citrus Rind Air Freshener
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- 1 Grapefruit
- Sea Salt
- 20 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Fresh herbs or flowers (I used thyme)
Scoop out the flesh of the grapefruit. In a bowl, combine sea salt, cedarwood essential oil and flowers or herbs. Pour mix into the grapefruit rind. This should stay good for up to 7 days!
Orange Citrus Rind Air Freshener
- 1 Orange
- Sea Salt
- 15 drops Orange essential oil
- Fresh herbs or flowers (I used rosemary)
Use a spoon to extract the flesh of the orange. In a bowl, combine sea salt, essential oil and herbs or flowers. Pour mix into orange rind and enjoy for up to 7 days!
Lime Citrus Rind Air Freshener
- 1 Lime
- Sea salt
- 10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil (you can use lemon eo or eucalyptus eo, too!)
- Fresh herbs or flowers (I used mint)
Use a knife to carefully cut out the flesh from the lime rinds. In a bowl, combine sea salt, essential oil and flowers or herbs. Pour salt into lime rinds, and enjoy for up to 7 days.
Make your own blends!
There are an infinite number of combinations you can choose when making your own citrus rind air fresheners. Be inventive and choose your favorite smells and ingredients! Use your citrus fruit that’s about to expire! There is no right or wrong way to do this 🙂
I’d love to hear what combinations you love best (whether one of mine, or one you created!). Come back after you’ve made these and let me know which combo you loved!