I LOVE wallflowers from Bath and Body. But, I’m also motivated to recycle, reuse and save some green ($$)! Did you know that the plug in the wall type of air fresheners can be reused? I just discovered this and now my entire house is full of new wonderfully aromatic scents!
I tested the Tea Tree Oil (recipe below) in two places and Wow! It worked every bit as well as the ones I’ve been buying. No small feat since one test unit was plugged into my 16 year old son’s room ~ need I say more?
We are focusing on being greener in our household. I figure by refilling my air fresheners, I’m not only saving money but, I’m helping to not fill the dump with more plastic and waste. Ya know what else? Essential oils do not contain VOCs and the commercial mixtures of the plug ins do. I’m jazzed about learning more ways to use various oils for different uses in our household.
Pry stopper off of top of bottle using a flathead screwdriver and needle nosed pliers. Watch out for the small nail in the upper part of the wick. Rinse bottle. Gently press wick with a paper towel to remove extra old scented oil. No worries if you don’t get it all out the scent will not come through.
Fill container 1/4 full with tea tree essential oil. Add 1 Tbsp of vodka (emulsifies the oil). fill to top of widest part of bottle with water. Note: this oil is strong you may need to adjust the amount of tea tree oil down to your preference.
10 drops of Lavender
10 drops of Orange
20 drops of Peppermint
1/2 Tbsp Vodka
Fill bottle with water
When you fill the bottle with water, don’t over fill, leave room for the wick to go back in the bottle. I’m not sure how many times you are able to reuse the bottle and wick but with care I would assume several times. The plug in types warm the air above the bottle. The scent spreads slowly, wait 6 – 12 hours to decide if the scent is too strong or weak. Again. you may want to tweak the strength of the solution to your taste.
I found the blended scent here which is a page of recipes on the aromaweb.com site. This site is packed with good information! I made the orange peppermint mixture for my bedroom last night. I woke to a clean mint smell this morning. Any blend or oil you like will probably work.
XO ~ Wendi
Update on Post…
I’ve been using these for the past few weeks and here is my longer term observation. The liquid in the refilled air freshners evaporates faster than the purchased ones . Mine lasted about 2 weeks before I had to refill them. The tea tree scent is much stronger and continued to fill my half bath with a wonderful scent. It still smells great and has been empty. I would use this scent again or try another strong scented essential oil.
The orange/mint mixture lost its wonderful scent when it evaporated. I really liked the scent of the mixture and will continue to tweak it to see if I can it to last. I believe its the carrier oil. In the meantime I’m planning on trying this mixture in my terracotta oil ring that sits on a light bulb of a lamp. They cost a few dollars and I found mine at a Michaels store. I’ll update this post again If I’m able to get it to last longer.