The 2-Ingredient Air Freshener No Bathroom Should Be Without
Let's be honest: No one wants to leave a bathroom stinky—especially if you have guests over (or you're the one who's the guest).
Unfortunately, many sprays and candles designed to freshen the air can contain potentially harmful chemicals.
For an easy DIY air freshener you can use any time nature calls, certified aromatherapist and founder of The Artistry of Essential Oils Valencia McClure provides the following formula.
A DIY Natural Bathroom Spray
- A 4-ounce amber glass spray bottle (dark-colored glass will help keep your oils fresh longer)
- 4 ounces distilled water
- 20 drops lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)
- 25 drops lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Combine the ingredients in your bottle, adding the oils first, then the water
- Shake well before each use (since this recipe doesn't contain any emulsifiers or preservatives, you'll really need to give it a good shake).
- Spray about 3-4 times right on the surface of the toilet water before you go
Why it works:
According to McClure, lavender coupled with lemon is a great scent combo that can be really effective at clearing out bad odors. Lemon essential oil, she adds, also works as an antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antibacterial1, while lavender is also an antiseptic and antibacterial2, as well as antifungal.
When sprayed directly into the toilet bowl, the oils create a film on the surface of the water, which will help trap odors and keep them from escaping into the air.
The nice part about the 4-ounce bottle is you can tuck it away in your purse and use it anywhere, should you be shy about any unpleasant bathroom odors. You can keep it out in your bathroom at home for guests as well!
This spray can also be used as a stand-alone air freshener, and it should last you a few weeks. Toss it once it loses its smell and/or starts to look murky.
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, a registered yoga instructor, and an avid astrologer and tarot reader. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from State University of New York at Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.