Your Home Will Smell Better Than Ever With This DIY Baking Soda Room Spray

While we all love a good home fragrance, few things are more off-putting than a heavy dose of synthetic air freshener used to hide an unpleasant smell. Luckily, there's a DIY way to get your space smelling fresh. All it requires is baking soda, distilled water, and the essential oils you love the most. Baking soda has long been praised for being a great way to deal with odors and create a cleaner-smelling home. Sodium bicarbonate attracts acidic and alkaline odors and neutralizes them. In essence, that means that rather than covering smells up (which is generally only a temporary solution), you'll be getting rid of them altogether. Hello, clean slate (and fresh-smelling home!). 

That said, while neutralizing smells will always beat trying to mask them, having a great fragrance is always a win. Who doesn't want to walk into a room enveloped by their favorite aroma? The really great thing about this DIY freshener is that it combines the deodorizing power of baking soda with your favorite scents. The best part is, doing so is super easy and won't break the bank. Grab your favorite essential oils, and let's get to it. 

Mix baking soda with water and essential oils

To create your own room spray, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with around 10 drops of your essential oil (or oils) of choice. Be sure to really combine the two for the best results. From there, use a funnel to pour the mixture into a spray bottle – Amazon stocks a great bottle-funnel option that costs about $10. Finally, top it off with 2 cups of distilled water. Use this type of water because it's free from any chemicals and minerals, so it provides a more neutral base for your room spray. You can generally find it in drug and grocery stores at a cheap price. Shake vigorously to combine, and you've got yourself a natural, cost-effective room spray. 

The essential oils are what makes this home fragrance truly yours. Whether you've always been a fan of peppermint or long loved the aroma of lavender, you can play around with the scents you like most. Plus, you can also customize it for each season. Jasmine makes for a fresh spray in spring, and as you near the holidays, cinnamon creates a warm, nostalgic feel. In the summer months, rosemary and citronella oil do wonders to keep bugs at bay. Whatever combinations you opt for, happy spraying!