Homemade Gel Air Fresheners11:17 AM
I'm always tinkering around the house, making things that I would otherwise have to go and buy at the store.
One of my favorite things on earth are air fresheners, so I try different making different ones, back in February I made one using Baking Soda and a few drops of essential oil. That one is still going strong for me and actually resides in my son's bedroom.
The one I made today is a gel based freshener using gelatin, food coloring and your favorite essential oil.
I made two. A blue one scented with the Rain scent oil.
And a red one scented with Jasmine, which aside from being my daughter's name, is one of my favorite scents on earth.
These are really easy to make. I first came across them on Instructables site, which I love, they have so many DIY projects available.
This will literally take you about 5 minutes and it works SO well, so give it a try and let me know what you think.
2 cups water
4 envelopes Gelatin (plain) (In other words, a whole 1oz box)
15 to 20 drops Essential Oil (adjust to personal preference)
1 to 2 TBS salt
In a small pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatine and salt (do NOT omit the salt, it is there to prevent molding), stir well until dissolved, then add 1 cup of cold water. Set aside.
Add the drops of essential oil and the food coloring to the bottom of the mason jars you're using. I actually want to buy tiny ones like the baby food jars, to make smaller gels.
Pour the gelatine into the jars and using a stick or chopstick, stir well until combined. Let it cool down complete.
I leave mine open with just the metal ring on. If I want to close it I just add the inner lid and DONE!
These last me about 3 weeks or so, depending on how strong the essential oil is.
The salt in this recipe is used to help combat mold, please make sure to add it.
EDIT: I added the gelatin amount. I thought I had it up there but I guess I didn't. You are going to use a box of gelatin (1 oz), so use all 4 packets in there. I am sorry if I confused anyone, I'm used to saying packets instead of envelopes LOL