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Breathe in, breathe out: You can use this homemade citrus air freshener all summer long.

Updated: Jul 25, 2021

Today I'm sharing an easy, wonderful-smelling DIY citrus room spray you can use all summer.

Homemade air fresheners and room sprays are great for small spaces like bathrooms or laundry rooms. I spray this in the trashcan before putting in a new liner.

Check out our Instagram video here.


  • 2 cups witch hazel (Alcohol based, check blog post for details)

  • 2 lemons peeled

  • 2 oranges peeled

  • 25 drops orange oil

  • 25 drops lemon oil

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Glass jar with lid

  • Glass spray bottle


  1. First, add the lemon and orange peels along with witch hazel to a jar. Allow to infuse for 2 weeks.

  2. After the two weeks, strain the peels and add the witch hazel mix to a glass jar.

  3. Add water, lemon oil and orange oil (increase amount to desired scent).

  4. Shake gently before each spray.

Witch hazel substitutes: You can sub in vodka for this if you prefer it or have it on hand. Read more about using vodka in room spray here. Rubbing alcohol is not a good substitution though.

Homemade room sprays are great to spray in small areas like bathrooms, toilets, sinks, trash cans, drawers and closets.

Remember that a DIY version won’t necessarily neutralize bad odor molecules (more in-depth information on that here), but it will permeate the air creating a lasting fresh scent.

This is why I really love using it in small spaces!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for videos using and making our solutions.

For more questions and tips on making this spray, be sure to check out our blog post!

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.

1 Comment

Apr 12

This homemade citrus air freshener is a refreshing solution for a sustainable indoor climate! With Sensibo's commitment to energy efficiency and air quality, it's a perfect match for a healthier home environment. Let's make every breath count for a better climate tomorrow.

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