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Monday, August 23, 2010

homemade air freshener

"Don't you get fresh with me, ya hear!"

Oh, I love it when adults (especially grandparents) say that to little kids.  What does it mean exactly?  Does it mean we'd rather children get dirty with us?  Haha...who knows?

Today, I'm going to ask you to actually get fresh with me.  This kitchen craft project is too fun and too easy not to try.  I really wish I had discovered it earlier in life...like when I was a Resident Assistant in college and wasn't allowed to have candles...or all of those times when I haven't had the money to go on a shopping spree at Yankee Candle.

I digress.  Let me just say...you'll love this.


I was roaming around on Tasty Kitchen one day when I came across a recipe for homemade air freshener.  This intrigued me!  I love candles, but as we all know, you can't leave them burning unattended.  And there are some rooms in my home where I want a constant, unattended scent (ahem, the bathroom).  These gel air fresheners are the perfect solution.

To make these little beauties, you first need a heat-proof jars (I found mine for $0.99 each at Michael's), food coloring colors of your choice, and essential oil.  You can find inexpensive essential oils of various scents at craft stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby.  I chose a raspberry vanilla scented oil...it smells delightful!


Into each jar, drop a few drops (I repeat...a few...it doesn't take more than 2 or 3) of food coloring.  Then, put in about 30 drops of essential oil, give or take.  The more essential oil you put in, the stronger the smell.


Now for the fun part.  Gather up 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin, a tablespoon of salt, and 2 cups of cold water.

Why salt?  Salt (or vodka) apparently help to keep the gel from molding.  Interesting fact, isn't it!


Get one cup of water boiling on the stove.  When it begins to boil, whisk in the gelatin, stirring until it's all dissolved.


Then, pour in the other cup of cold water and the salt, stirring until the salt is dissolved.


Quickly pour the hot gelatin mixture in each of your jars, and then use a disposable stick or spoon to stir it into the oil and food coloring.


Let these gel overnight, and then voila!  Air freshener!


This project takes a total of five minutes to make, is highly economical, and each jar should last you about a month.  This would make a great back-to-school gift for any teacher!

To recap, here's the full ingredient list:
  • heatproof jars
  • food coloring
  • essential oil
  • 4 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 T. salt
  • 2 cups cold water

This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table

155 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great idea!

    It's been years since I've been crafty like this. I used to love to make homemade candles.

    This has maybe inspired me to do some crafty things!!

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  2. What a great idea! Love it and will be making some soon.

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  3. Cute post!! You made me laugh with the "get fresh with me" pun! Love this idea and how frugal it is.

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  4. So neat! Never would've thought of that. :)

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  5. Wonderful idea, I sure have to try to make my own fresheners, and for my friends as well (boy, are they going to be impressed!). Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this idea
    you just saved my sanity I hate funky smells
    so I also love a "continous" good smell(like Airwick air freshners.)I go to Hobby Lobby all the time and did not know they had essential oil
    I got to try this

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  7. I love this idea! This looks like something the kids can do for the grandparents. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  8. What a fun idea for a quick, economical gift. Very clever!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by. This is a great idea! I've seen these at the store, but never thought about making them myself! Genius!

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  10. I love this! I know what everybody's getting for Christmas..ha!

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  11. This is a GREAT idea...and affordable too!!! So cool!!! There's a Michael's here in town, too...so now I have another excuse to go there aend shop because it's for "household supplies" :) :) :) Does the gel evaporate after awhile? Or what do you do once the scent goes away? No matter...this is one of the best craftiest ideas I've seen in awhile...very nice! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  12. The gel does evaporate! The scent won't leave until the gel does. I recommend playing around with the strength of the scent. I only put 20 drops of oil in the ones above, and I don't think it was enough. Next time I'm definitely doing 30+.

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  13. this is so cool! i imagine that the food coloring is just for looks so if you wanted a more natural look, then omit that?

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  14. Yes, food coloring is for looks only. You could omit it for a natural look, or even throw in some shells, berries, dried flowers, etc!

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  15. I love that this is non-toxic, unlike the commercial gel fresheners, since you are using real essential oils. I never use that stuff in my house, but my friends and relatives do and the artificial chemical smells give me a headache! I think I need to make some of these as gifts!! :-)

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  16. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. One thing to note, don't place these in a warm area or they might melt.

    I suggest either adding some agar, or using entirely agar. as a general rule (in a professional pastry kitchen) we use 8 g agar and the equivalent of 4 packs gelatin to set a liter of liquid into a firm "gelee" it does not melt even at very high temperature. I personally would add extra salt though cause mold freaks me out and I know agar is a mold-friendly environment.

    for people who are against gelatin, agar is not an animal by product! it's an algae derivative. To make it using just agar, i think doubling the agar would do. if you try it and it's not firm enough for you, melt it down (on a stove, it will melt just stir and be patient) add more agar and try again.

    it's also pretty inexpensive. http://www.amazon.com/Agar-Powder-4-oz/dp/B00015UC48.

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  18. This looks like a GREAT kid craft, Mom's day present, etc etc - TY!

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  19. This is an AWESOME idea! I make soy candles and I'm gonna have to try this! Amazing idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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  20. interesting idea, i may make some myself. just one thing, though - raspberry-vanilla fragrance oil is not an essential oil, it's a completely artificial fragrance. i only point this out because artificial fragrances tend to aggravate sinus allergies more often than essential oils, and also because if someone decides to use essential oils, the strength of the scent might vary quite a bit from the results they would get with a fragrance oil, depending on which one they use. 2-3 drops of real lavender essential oil, for instance, probably wouldn't smell like much. a single drop of vetiver oil would probably chase you out of the room! :) also, i wonder if spraying the top of the gels with some alcohol would get rid of the bubbles. it works when melting down soap to make liquid soap...not sure about this. if i try it i'll let you know.

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    1. i was actually going to comment on the bubbles. i know that a brulee torch gets rid of the bubbles quite well. i don't know how alcohol would work but fire creates a very nice shiny surface.

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  21. Does the scent travel enough to fill the room? I always have the issue of candles not having enough scent for me. Not that I'm overly smelly LOL, I just like a strong fragrance.

    Taylor
    www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com

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  22. Taylor - it all depends on how much oil you put in! I'm a candle person, too, and the smellier the better. But this method is great for those rooms where I can't keep a candle going all the time. I tend to put more oil in than less.

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  23. Has anyone else made these and had a problem with mold growing on them? I've made 3 and all of them have started to mold.

    Suggestions?

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    1. I also made three and they all started moulding within a week. I used the salt method. Might try vodka if ever doing this again.

      Do you live in a cold/damp climate by any chance? (I'm in Scotland)

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    2. I too made some of these with my sister. The directions weren't from this particular site, but mine molded, melted, and smelled like something dead. Needless to say, the people I gave them to as gifts were NOT impressed, but I know I didn't use vodka, and not sure about salt either. I like the idea, but don't know that I will try it again

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    3. I also used a Tbsp. of salt and they molded horribly! I will add much more salt next time, or maybe try vodka. I live in Washington state and it's humid here.

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  24. I've actually never had them mold myself. Make sure you put in plenty of salt (or vodka) to help with that!

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  25. Define plenty.. If I have 1 cup of gelatin, how much salt would you put it?

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  26. The general rule is 1 tablespoon salt or vodka for every 2 cups of gel. You might try putting in a little more if yours are prone to molding.

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  27. Such a cute idea, I may have to make some of these for Christmas gifts.

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  28. Very interesting. I always want my apartment to smell nice. Thank for sharing

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  29. This is a neat idea and should be affordable. Afraid it may melt at warmer temperatures. Any idea if it does?

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  30. Jorbins Magazine - I was concerned about that, too, but didn't seem to have problems once it gelled up (granted, I didn't keep them in my car). I kept one in the bathroom, which often got warm and moist. I think the bigger problem is mold, so make sure to put in salt.

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  31. Do these solidify or are they something that can spill? I can't quite tell from the picture.

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  32. After sitting overnight, these solidify into a gel.

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  33. I am definitely going to try these for Christmas gifts this year! Thank you!

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  34. Amazing, we always need fresheners. Great work. http://www.oralcigarettes.com/

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  35. Is the recipe above calling for just the 2 cups of liguid to all 4 cups of gelatin? And how big are these containers? I would think that might make a differene regarding the amound of smell you put in? Lastly, if you don't use essential oils does any fragrance "drops" work okay? Would think the former would be stronger so you'd use less...? This is totally new to me but my son wants to make son for a craft fair and they sound fairly easy so we thought we'd give them a try. As for the bubbles, this happens someetimes when making jam. I just scoop them out with a spoon and that works well.

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  36. How many does the recipe make?

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  37. Can this recipe be doubled or tripled?

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  38. just made a batch of peppermint ones for the holidays (used green, red, and blue food dye). i put mine in 1/2 pint mason jars since they can be easily reused and they're easy to wrap . i used gel food coloring, which is tougher to dissolve. glad i had lidded jars so i could shake them til they were mixed fully. i'm not going to use gel next time. thank you so much for this. now i can give out more gifts, all made with love.

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  39. thanks for posting this. now i can give more gifts, all with love! i used peppermint oil for the holidays with red, blue, and green food dye. i also used 1/2 pint mason jars since they are easily reusable and wrap easily. a double recipe with a little bit of extra water filled five 1/2 pint jars. i won't use gel dye again since it was hard to dissolve. glad i had lidded jars...i shook those babies till they were fully mixed, but that resulted in more foam than i wanted. i can't wait to make more

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  40. How many candles does four packages of gelatin make?
    Thanks!!

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  41. To answer the latest anonymous comments - yes, it is 4 envelopes of gelatin per 2 cups of water. I've never tried doubling or tripling it, but I'm sure it could work just fine. The jars I use are small (votive size), and I get 4 out of each recipe. The size of the jar you use will determine how many you can make and how much scent you will want to use.

    PS - these aren't candles! :-)

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  42. Is there a way to get the oil to dissolve (or just mix a little better) into the gelatin or agar mix? I tried making one and what happened is the oil floats, so the jelly sets with a thin layer of the essential oil on top of it.

    Thanks!

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  43. You know, I'm not sure. I've actually never had that problem with it. Maybe another reader whose tried it can help?

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  44. I want to try this.....sounds great and easy and economical

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  45. I'm in Australia, and I'm wondering how much gelatine (in ounces) is in each envelope? I can work out the rest from there, I think. Can't wait to try it!

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  46. Each envelope contains 7.2 grams and (I think...my math may be wrong here), 0.25 oz.

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  47. Thanks for sharing. I stumbled across this last night and immediately made a single small jar using 1/2 C water and one package of gelatin. I combined tea tree and cinnamon oils and now I have a wonderful air freshener. Thanks.

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  48. I think this is a fantastic idea. I can't wait to try this out over the summer with my sons. A really cute science & math project idea--reenforce those skills. They will get a kick on of this.

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  49. My husband came up with the idea of maybe using a mason jar then placing a cute straw in it so it looks kinda like a drink, but really it's an air freshener! :)

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  50. If im using Fragrance Oil vs Essential Oil which one do you thing would need More drops??
    I used 30 drops of fragrance oil and its not strong...

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  51. Hi. We live in Arizona and made these last night. We put them in the refrigerator and the solidified. We took them out and they are now runny. It is 80 degrees in my house. Has anyone else had this problem? Please help!

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  52. To answer some of the recent questions, I would use as much oil as you'd like - it's not an exact science. 30 drops of the oil I use is definitely strong enough for me (I also tend to keep these in small rooms, like the bathroom), but use more if you find your oil doesn't produce a strong scent.

    Anonymous in Arizona, I've never had that problem. I also don't put them in the refrigerator - I just leave them on the counter overnight. If they are runny at room temperature even after sitting out for 24 hours, it sounds like the gelatin didn't quite gel up. Perhaps try it again making sure to mix it in really, really well (or even using a bit more gelatin if you think the temperature is the problem).

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  53. how long does the frangrace last?

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  54. Just made some with my husband so easy and what fun they did great thanks for the idea .now off to make more

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  55. I would also try to room scent oils from bath and body works, I bet those would be just as good as the essential oils and lots of different scents. :-)

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  56. Great idea. Also, good for a last minute Christmas gift. I will post this idea on my blog and will mentionned your great blog.

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  57. If you added a wick do you think these could be used as candles??

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  58. I have made something very similar using gelatin and liquid potpurri. Mine did mold but I didn't know about using salt or vodka. It doesn't take long to make and it makes a very nice gift.

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  59. Just in case anyone doesn't know I wanted to say that the oils they sell at Michael's are fragrance oils, not essential oils. You can find essential oils at GNC, Whole Foods, or the internet. Essential oils offer benefits and are all natural, while fragrance oils just smell good and are not all natural. I am sure the fragrance oils work great with this though, and are cheaper. Thank you for the recipe I will be trying it :)

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  60. i am only 12 years old, but this is actually great. im a boy, so of course my room smells bad and is messy, so i looked up homemade air fresheners. thanx to whoever wrote this. peace out:-)!!!!

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  61. i am only 12 years old, but this is actually great. im a boy, so of course my room smells bad and is messy, so i looked up homemade air fresheners. thanx to whoever wrote this. peace out:-)!!!!

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  62. What is the point of the heat proof jar?

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  63. If you like using essential oils and you don't want to make anything. I actually have a plug in candle wax warmer from scentsy that I just put oils in sometimes. When it warms up it can be a tad strong so don't keep in on too long. :-)

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  64. What a great idea! Making some today and instead of essential oils as they can bother my allergies I am using some of my favorite fruity loose teas. They look really pretty and I will let you know if the scent is strong enough.

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  65. I didn't read through all of these, but what a great way to use all of those cute old candle jars!

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  66. Hi! Love this & may be trying a veggie version later on - thank you!
    Mildly interesting linguistic fact- 'frech' is the German word for 'cheeky', so if your grandma had Germanic roots maybe that's where she got the word from!!! Just a thought :)

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  67. Holy cow!!! You just saved me a trip to the store. I had all that I needed on hand, and to think...I was probably going to spend upwards of $20 on glade products. Thanks for the awesome post!!!

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  68. Just to let a few commenters know: Michael's DOES have essential oils. It could be that not all of them carry it, but mine certainly does. It also carries the fragrance oils but they're marked distinctively. I actually picked mine up on clearance the other week ($1.30!!).

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  69. The reason for the heat proof jar is that the mixture is hot when you boil the water at the very beginning. It isn't boiling hot when you pour it into the jars,but some flimsy containers may not be able to handle the warm water. And I don't advise using these as candles AT ALL. They have oil in them and I'm pretty sure you're going to have a fire that you don't want if you put a wick into the gel. Otherwise,what an ingenious idea and they are perfect for the bathroom! I made 4 of them and put them in small mason jars with lids.I use one and store the others until I need them. Love this idea.

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  70. I believe you mean scented oils and not "essential oils" Essential oils are derived from plants and are natural and the scent will disappear quickly when exposed to air.Depending on the oil they can also be very expensive.

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  71. O.K. I've heard 'essential oils' and 'fragrance oils'. Which is it????? They are 2 totally different things! Somebody please answer!

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  72. You can use either! The original creator of this craft used essential oils due to fragrance allergies. I've also used fragrance oils with much success. That's the beauty of this project.

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to try it!!!

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  73. No disrespect but either you like the idea or you don't. There is no need to complicate what was a posted by THE COUNTRY COOK as a gift for us all to try.Of course you could tweak it to your liking ,but its up TO YOU to do your research if you have allergies,or don't want it to be too strong for your home.I purchased my ingredients today and plan to use a few with essential oils(natural oils) and a one with Bath and Body home fragrance oil(not natural- more perfume)for the oil burners. Good luck with all your experiments and be safe,it's ment for us to have fun being creative not to stress you out. GOODNIGHT

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    1. :) I just visited from pinterest and if I was the country cook who made this recipe I would disable comments. people have no common sense. hehe!

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    2. I was just thinking the same thing! The poor author has reanswered the same questions over & over again. Seriously people. Read! The post was wonderfully & clearly written!

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    3. I was just thinking the same thing! The poor author has reanswered the same questions over & over again. Seriously people. Read! The post was wonderfully & clearly written!

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  74. This sounds great! Now if Gain would make some kind of scented oil... I am completely addicted to the original scent. I know, I'm very weird. I wonder how it would work using the actual laundry detergent... Hmmm =)

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  75. I added fresh lavender to mine, and they smell awesome.. thank you for a great post:)

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  76. I want to try these. Do you think you could use vanilla extract, or any extract for thr matter?

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    1. Not sure! You probably could, but I'm not sure how long the scent would last. I think it might be better to just stick the guts of a vanilla bean in there.

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  77. Fantastic idea! I'm going to link to your post from my own blog so that I can share with my readers. Thank you.

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  78. I cannot wait to try these!!!

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  79. Just made these and they are cooling on the counter. I cant wait to see how they come out. Instead of purchasing heat proof glass containers, I "upcycled" 4 oz glass baby food jars (as I have plenty at the moment). I got 4 full jars from the recipe posted.

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  80. I just made these with my 2-1/2 year old! We added a little glitter for a fairy fragrance feel. Thanks so much for sharing! seedsandclovers.blogspot.com

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  81. SOOOO- I'mg doing this today, using upcycled garlic jars (The minced kind you keep in the fridge) :) Also, using cinnamon, and spices rather than oils. And going to try using blueberry extract- that I'm extracting. Should be interesting!

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  82. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try this. Got any recipes for making car scent, i love patcholi and would love to make one for my car!

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  83. I made these let them sit and took them outside and it ia now liquid please help

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    1. I wouldn't recommend using these in high heat (i.e. outside probably isn't the place for them).

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  84. Heat destroys essential oils.... you may get a bit of scent but none of the actual values of the oils. Seems like a waste of EO to me.

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  85. I found your post via Pinterest! Just wanted to say that I made these for Christmas gifts one year when I was in college - everyone loved them!

    My favorite way to make them was to collect baby food jars (that way the air fresheners had a lid) and keep one in my car. The heat outside would liquify the gelatin and intensify the smell. While I was driving, I would keep the lid on, but whenever I parked, I would open the jar to let the smell permeate the car.

    They don't last as long this way, which is kind of a good thing for me, 1) no time for the gelatin to mold and 2) I got bored with a single scent pretty quickly.

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    1. I was thinking maybe you could make half a jar instead of a full jar (so it doesnt spill over in your car) and poke holes in the lid for the smellto come out. Maybe stick them under your seats with velcro?

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  86. I am surely going to make some of these and use some of my small jars I have kept. Thanks

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  87. Wow! what an awesome idea. I will definitely try this out! Thanks :0)

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  88. These are going to be PERFECT in my powder room, table in the entry, or the closet where that dreaded vacuum is! OMGosh! The possibilities are endless!
    Thank you sooo much for sharing!

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  89. don't forget jars have to heat proof. :)

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  90. Made these today and I just love them. Defiantly making more in the future. I also found some nice little seashells at the dollar store and put some in there also..looks cute.

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  91. Amazing!!! We have a chemical free home and I love candles but when away from home it's just not safe to have them burning, these are the perfect solution. Will use up the candles (and clean the jars....no need to buy them then) and make up these air fresheners. Perfect for gift giving...decorate the jars first!!!

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  92. Hi! I totally loved this tutorial so I posted it on my website, here's the link:
    http://www.lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2012/9/28_Assainisseur_dair_maisonHomemade_air_freshener.html
    Cheers,
    Marie-Eve

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  93. I have not been able to find gelatin. Can I use pectin? There are several types of pectin: low sugar, classic, etc. I am excited to try this idea!

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    1. You can usually find unflavored gelatin near Jell-O in your neighborhood grocery store. I'm actually not sure how well pectin would work since I haven't tried it myself. Feel free to experiment with it and let me know how it turns out!

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    2. I just tried this using pectin. Did it work out for you?

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  94. Could you use them in the car?

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    1. I think one commenter said that she does, but just know that they might melt in warmer weather (gelatin acts just like Jell-O).

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  95. I am not able to use candles (in a motor home) for safety reasons. To have the feel of candles I may try these with a battery tea candle.set on top The gel for the smell--the battery tea light for ambiance. Love love love the gel idea.

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  96. I made these but with 1/2 cp water boiling added 1 tbsp salt and 2 packets of gelatin, 1/2 cp of cold water and poured into my jars that had the food coloring and essential oil in them, my only problem is they dont seem to be setting they are still wobbly, i must be doing something wrong. I have them stored in boxes my jars came in with the lids on could this be why?

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    1. honestly, Tonja, I have no idea. good luck!

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  97. I just made these and they are wonderful!! they smell great and were super easy to make im giving them as office christmas gifts this year!!

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  98. I wonder if I can make this and send as a gift in the mail to Texas

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    1. I personally wouldn't try that. If they get too hot, they will get liquidy. You wouldn't want to send that. Maybe send the jars, gelatin, essential oils, and recipe?

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  99. About how long do the small ones you made last? And do they have a "shelf life", as in can they be stored away for later use in a lidded mason jar, or do they need to be used right away? Thanks!

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    1. Not sure, Rachel. I've never attempted to store them - we generally use them right away!

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    2. I store mine in the fridge with a lid and they last a long time, until I need another!

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  100. made it. used sugar free cherry jello and lemongrass oil. also used cheapo dollar store candle holders. worked great, super cheap to make. worth making, cost-wise, cheaper than disposable dollar fresheners that don't last as long or have reusable containers.

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  101. I just made that too,easy enough to follow step by step. Thanks!!
    I put one in the bathroom which helps to elminate the smell from the toilet bowl of my dog too. So refereshing! Wonderful!

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  102. Fabulous! These were so quick & easy to make! Air fresheners at a fraction of the cost compared to store bought! [and I love that you can create your own color & scent to suit throughout the house!]Thanks for sharing - I've now made several! (pinning)

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  103. Great idea! You've inspired me for a post!

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  104. Got your link through Pinterest. I live in South Africa, it is VERY hot in Rustenburg, the town where we live, so it will probably melt, but it's okay, it won't spill mos, it's in a jar! :-)
    Gonna buy the ingredients tomorrow and try it. Do you think it will still work and keep smelling good if it stays in liquid form?

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    1. Some one suggested using agar, 8 g agar and the equivalent of 4 packs gelatin, it's vegetarian and it doesn't melt at room temperature, it also sets faster then gelatine. I've not tried these but use vegetarian jelly and think this might work better.

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  105. Can you use liquid potpourri for the oils?

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  106. Thank you for this great idea, I have done that and it works very well. There is now a good smell in my bathroom.

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  107. I did these today. Awesome. Will do more to put everywhere in the house. So simple to do. Thank you for posting this.:-) :-) :-) :-)

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  108. Ok, did a large one but hasn't set but hope it will. If not, can I add more gelatin in it? Help please

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    1. Give it at least overnight, Dawn. They also set better if in a cool place. I don't know that adding gelatin after you make them would help much, but I've never tried it. The large one just might need a little longer.

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    2. yea the bigger they are the longer it will take to set i took my whole muffin tin filled with foil cupcake liners put them outside on this last reallly nice day we had put them in a small bag and tied loosely so air can still get to them but leaves and debris cant get in them i hope this makes sense or scents pardon the pun lol

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  109. Ok, did a large one but hasn't set but hope it will. If not, can I add more gelatin in it? Help please

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  110. Ok, did a large one but hasn't set but hope it will. If not, can I add more gelatin in it? Help please

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  111. I'm wondering if there is a vegan alternative, like using agar agar? I might give that a try... don't even have to heat it up. I'll let you know what happens...

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  112. What about using metal muffin tins ?thats heat proof and the perfect size for gifts .any thoughts

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  113. What about using metal muffin tins ?thats heat proof and the perfect size for gifts .any thoughts

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  114. You'd have to give the entire muffin tin as a gift if you did that - these aren't the kind of thing that pops out of the container.

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  115. would love to make some of these and put them into shaped molds for hanging , any ideas as to how to add a string to them to hang them in the house somewhere ? i used a foil cupcake liner in factr trying that now for gifts lol i will report back as to how it worked
    with a liner you dont have to pop them out just possibly wrap them in saran wrap to insure they wont leak if they melt ...



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  116. I am working at a senior center this summer and I am in charge of finding easy crafts for the seniors to do. This is a great craft that I am sure they will love doing. One question that I have though, is whether or not I can put glitter in the food coloring for looks as well.

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  117. I did it and love them. But I was little nervous when I made them, since my two jars where way more bigger then just 2 cups of liquid. Anywho as I only had 5 bags of gelatine for 4 cups of water. I though it's not going to work, but it came out perfect. Plus I didn't get any bubbles. Yes they did came up while boiling but when I poured the mixture into jars, they were gone. And I also add some flower petals for one. They look great. Wish I could add a picture here to show it. But great idea.

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  118. I'm just wondering how safe it is to use so much essential oil. Essential oils are very strong and some can be very dangerous if used in high quantities. Does any one know?

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  119. Okay a few questions :

    1. Could I make this with koolaid?? Have you tried? I'm assuming you've tried because why wouldn't you. Why wouldn't you make every possible variation known to man?

    2. If I throw the jar against the wall will it break/stain?

    3. What will happen if I eat the air freshener? Will I die?

    4. Does this air freshener float? I need to freshen my pool.

    5. Can I make this in my favorite color or will that not work? Please answer ASAP I'm too afraid to try on my own.

    GREAT CRAFT THANKS!!!!!!!!!!

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  120. No dumb questions or over-complication here, just... thanks for the info. Great site!

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  121. Thanks for the information....I'll experiment until I find what works best for me, my climate or whatever, lol Great site!

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  122. Would be nice if you did not have to use such a wonderful {Knox Gelatin} for the body item. If there was another way to do it, I might consider it. But since you have to use something that is a power house for the body,,,, not interested in making these gel air fresheners. It would be a total waste of something that should be in the body, not on a counter to dry out and then throw the remains in the garbage. God bless

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  123. hi, love this project. will try it soon. just a quick question - how much is a cup in ml? (i'm from Europe)

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  124. Do you think you could use Pier 1 imports oil?

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  125. Just a note: those are not 'essential' oils. True essential oils are distilled from plant matter. Those are perfume oils. And yes, you can use any perfume oils...might even be able to use perfume itself, though the scent might not end up as strong, diluted by the gel mix.

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  127. Also, I wonder if it is the same as soap making, if you spritz the surface with alcohol, it will dissipate the bubbles? Also, a good source for jars is the glassware area of most thrift stores. Those gel candle 'glasses' that people tend to save? Most don't realize it's not a drinking glass, per se, so they end up in the glassware department--easy to spot, and usually quite cheap.

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  128. just made a batch. one batch fills exactly 6 4oz. jelly jars.
    house smells wonderful already.

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