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You are going to love these DIY gel air fresheners. They are so neat, I couldn’t wait to try them! One of the things I love about these homemade gel fresheners is that you get to choose your own scent and they are completely natural.
- 2 pkg. unflavored gelatin
- 2 c. water
- 20-30 drops essential oil
- Food coloring
- 1 tbsp. salt
- Small heat-proof container
Small jelly or jam jars work great for these DIY gel air fresheners. You can buy a package of four Ball decorative jelly jars for about $5 at Walmart.
Next you need to choose the scent of the fragrance oil you want to use. There are many scents to choose from. You can also use essential oils (sweet orange oil smells great), but they are more expensive.
These oils can be ordered online from Amazon or you can find them at some craft stores or in your local health food store. You can also find great smelling fragrance oils at high end home interior stores.
Food coloring is optional. If you don’t add color your gel air fresheners will be clear, so if you want them colored, add a few drops of food coloring of your choice.
Heat one cup of water in a small sauce pan to a boil, and sprinkle both packages of unflavored gelatin on top of the water. Use a whisk to mix it together until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Add the food coloring, salt, and essential oil, and stir until well blended. Add remaining cup of water and stir again. Pour the mixture into the glass jar and let set until the gelatin thickens and sets. One recipe makes one gel air freshener, depending on the size of your jar.
Note: The salt is added as a natural preservative. These air fresheners will last for about a month with the salt added. Then you can rinse them out and make new ones. If you don’t add the salt the mixture will mold much faster.
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