Make your home smell heavenly with this DIY Homemade Air Freshener Spray with Fabric Softener!

Everyone wants their home always to smell good. But the daily household chores affect the fragrance of your home a lot. When you chop onions or garlic, your kitchen smells crazy which causes a bad and stubborn odor in the home.

Scientists even say that fragrances affect your mood swings in a very high percentage. A bad odor can ruin your day while a pleasant smell can give you a sense of relaxation and a good mood day. To maintain the “good fragrance” in our house, we often end up spending a lot of money on commercial room sprays. While they are helpful yet they have many side-effects. Any commercial room spray has toxic chemical mixed in it. These toxic chemicals can cause serious health issues like allergies or respiratory problems.

There’s an easy solution to this issue, which is using natural ingredients to freshen up your surrounding. A homemade air freshener with fabric softener that lasts longer than store-bought ones and doesn’t affect your health in any way. The fun fact about this homemade room spray recipe is that it’s inexpensive and you can create it in a few minutes easily!

You’ll Need

  1. Spray Bottle
  2. Baking Soda – 1 TBSP
  3. Lukewarm Water – 3 Cups
  4. Fabric Softener – 3 TBSP

How to Make DIY Air Freshener Spray

  1. Start by cleaning your spray bottle under running tap water. Make sure you clean it thoroughly if its new. After cleaning, dry it completely.
  2. Once your spray bottle dries, put 3 tbsp of fabric softener into it.
  3. Now, add 3 cups of lukewarm water to the spray bottle. You can increase or decrease the quantities as per the size of the bottle.
  4. Finally, add the 1 tbsp of baking soda to the bottle.
  5. Shake the bottle very well until all the ingredients get mixed.

This is how you can create an eco-friendly Homemade Air Freshener Spray with Fabric Softener using just 3 ingredients! Remember to always shake the bottle before using it. With this easy recipe, enjoy a fresh and pleasing smell all over your house. The cost of making this is equivalent to the cost of a fabric softener. And if you already have it, it’s free of cost!


  1. I feel it’s important that you know that fabric softener also contains many harmful chemicals of which can cause allergies and respiratory problems. They are scented with synthetic fragrances and are in no way natural. This is a wonderful idea – I suggest that you use essential oils in place of the fabric softener. You can blend multiple oils to create your own scents. And they are all natural and safe for daily use. – I am in no way trying to be rude or anything of that nature. I just felt it important to share this info with you. Thanks

      • Jasmine, Teatree, Mint, Lemon, Orange. As an example for window cleaning l use 10 oz of water 1 TBSP White vinegar and 7 to 10 drops of Mint essential oil. Smells great and really keeps windows cleaner it seems longer. You also can mix different Essential oils and make your own scent . Example Citrus Lemon, Orange,and lime essential Oils.

    • Brandi, I thought the exact same thing and live with people that have multiple chemical sensitivities. Maybe using one of the new scent free fabric softeners and add essential oils. Best of both worlds

    • You are so right Brandi. I was just about to make the same comment. My best friend has so many allergies. Air fragrances have a strong effect on her. Even some essential oils she has to be careful about. I have to use a very slight amount of oil for the mixture if I want her to be able to visit.

    • Thank you for your advice. I have eliminated carcinogens from my cleaning products. This is one more step towards a healthier environment. I use essentials oils all the time but never thought of using them this way.
      Greatly appreciated.

  2. Thank you Brandi Renee for that comment. The same thought came to my mind when I read fabric softener as being one of the ingredients. Good idea suggesting the use of essential oils.

  3. I agree with both of of you. It’s no longer natural because of the fabric softener that has chemical ingredients too. Anyways thanks for the idea except we’ll just use essential oils as what you mentioned Brandi..????

  4. Has anyone heard of using regular rubbing alcohol with a few drops of essential oil to make a great air freshener? I’ve tried it and it works very well.

  5. I’ve been using this for years, the only thing I don’t put it is baking soda. I’ve always had a very good sense of smell which during the yrs become such a big part of my daily live along with cleaning. When ur hse doesn’t smell nice then it starts me off with the cleaning. Now I’m just ‘slightly’ obsessed with smell & at 1 point I used to carry around a little squirty bottle with Lenor and water and spray it on myself, people, furniture, clothes, anywhere and everywhere! luckily everyone loves they smell of my home and me of course.

  6. A house that is truly clean will not smell bad. Masking the odors instead of the cleaning the cause of the stink will only make your home continue to smell bad and could possibly be causing health issues for your family…mold, pet odors, etc. Find that smell and get rid of foul air. Anna Habibis was correct to say that she becomes cleaning when she smells an odor. A simmer pot is probably the safest way to freshen the air in your home.

    • I completely agree with you Jamie!!! I, personally, do not want to mask odors. When my house is clean (I do the clean one room a day plan), which is all the time, there are no odors that need to be covered up. I do use an essential oil diffuser to diffuse different scents for mood, energy, anxiety, alertness, etc. I have one in my living room to diffuse the oil needed for the particular day, etc. I also have one in my bedroom that I put Lavender in and diffuse for about an hour 2-3 hours before going to bed (I do not want a strong scent, just the essence of the relaxation from the Lavender).

  7. I love the fresh smell, but I did see it leaves marks on glass etc. What I use it for is prior to vacuuming I spray all my carpets lightly with the fine mist, wait about 15 minutes, then vacuum. I instantly noticed how it aided in removing the pet hair from my carpets. For this, it’s a win win! House smells great and keeps a handle on pet hair. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Mixing essential oils maye cause a health issue. The mix may cause dizziness and it may harm babies and your pets. If you don’t know what you are doing don’t mix the oil, stick to just one oil at a time.

  9. I can’t seem to find a good spray bottle. The ones I buy only have one mode Stream. I would appreciate anyone suggesting where to buy them. I need one for my hair as well.
    Thanking you in advance for your help and kindness.

  10. The other thing about using Fabric Softener, my old washing machine did not dispense the fabric softener correctly, so, the fabric softener would get directly on my clothes and leave an oil spot. I got to where I had to check each and every item as I took it out of the wash to determine if I needed to wash it again in clear water after scrubbing the oil spot. Needless to say, I now have a new washing machine. I would not want to use this recipe as I do not want oil spots on my cloth furniture, my curtains, my throws, pillows, rugs, etc.

  11. I have tried this. Trust me, you don’t want to let the mist settle on wood furniture. Little pink dots all over where it took off the finish. Grrr.

  12. I’ve been using this for years, but without the baking powder. And some of the issues people have raised I’ve never had any of these problems. I use it on my windows, my wood table, sofa, carpets and clothes. Maybe it depends of which softener you use.

  13. If you have pets, you don’t want them getting this on their feet and then licking their feet. Could be toxic for sure!! Many diffuser oils are toxic to pets also!! Always be cautious!!

  14. My dog has been licking his paws all the time, he never did it before. I am so worried and don’t know what to do or what is causing him to do it! If you have any idea what it is or what I need to clean his paws with I would really appreciate it!

  15. I simmer a small amount of cloves/ground cloves on my stove in about 3 cups (or more) of water & it smells great. Adjust the amount of cloves to your preference. I am also going to try simmering cut up lemons or orange peels to see how that works. Pets have become quite ill (respiratory issues) from essential oils & I would also wonder how they would be affected from the fabric softener spray
    (on their paws) as well.

  16. Oh My Goodness; you women are so petty. Either use it or move on. Your house is probably dirty and stank. GET SOME BUSINESS ABOUT YOURSELF.

  17. You people a f’ing monsters. Your parents should have drowned you when they had the opportunity. Nobody cares about your better ideas! Congratulate the person for taking the time to provide an idea and post it. Don’t like it move on! Quit bashing other ppl’s shit and write your post if your so brilliant! FML! YOU PPL ARE ASSHOLES IN MY EYES!

    • Thank you, Paul!!!
      Some people just need to bitch about everything.
      I bet all these ppl are OLD ppl. They have old agers grumpy disease……
      STFU !!!!!
      Read it and weep….

  18. How to make Anti Smoke Repellent Spray which can remove the cigarette smoke from the room.
    Does anyone help me how to make this spray.

  19. shoo that was all rather shocking to read, the various comments and then some….!!
    Quick question the essential oil diffusers – do you add water and then essential oils to that or just burn the oils over direct flame?


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