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How to Make Closet Air Fresheners: 7 Healthy Methods

How to Make Closet Air Fresheners

Last Updated on March 8, 2023

Ever walk into your closet and be hit with a wall of a musty smell? Or open up your dresser drawer to a surge of stench? You’re not alone. Furniture, especially storage pieces like closets and dressers, absorbs strong smells.

Using natural ingredients from home and DIY, we’ll instruct you to make your air fresheners for closets and dressers using natural ingredients. Apart from the fact that these natural air fresheners smell great, they also help to purify the air and keep fabric-covered furniture smelling fresh.

How to Make Closet Air Fresheners: 7 Ways

How to Make Closet Air Fresheners

There are a few easy and natural ways to make your own air fresheners for your closet (or any other small space). Read on for a detailed guide With different methods.

Method 1: Homemade Sachets

This is probably the easiest method on this list, and it only requires a few materials that you likely already have around the house. All you need is:

  • A small bowl or cup
  • A piece of cloth (e.g. an old handkerchief, piece of scrap fabric, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • A rubber band or string
  • Dried herbs or essential oils

You can make your own sachet at home with just a few supplies. First, gather together the dried herbs or oils that you want to use. Then, find a small bowl or cup to serve as the base of your sachet. Cut a piece of fabric into a square shape, ensuring that it is large enough to cover the bowl or cup completely.

Place the fabric over the top of the bowl or cup and secure it in place with a rubber band or string. Your sachet is now ready to use. You can freshen up your closet by placing it inside and allowing the scent to do its work. Sachets are also great for cars, bathrooms, and drawers. Wherever you need a little boost of freshness, reach for your homemade sachet.

Note: If you’re using natural oils, be certain to use a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil first; undiluted oils can irritate your skin.

Method 2: Lavender and Lemon Closet Spray

This recipe is great for closets that need a calming scent. Lemon pure oil is great for freshening up musty spaces, while lavender oil has tranquilizing properties that will help you relax when getting dressed in the morning.

7 Ways to Make Your Own Closet Air Fresheners


  • ¼ Rubbing alcohol
  • ¾ Cup distilled water
  • 15 Drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 Drops lemon essential oil
  • Spray bottle

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to keep your closet smelling fresh, try making this DIY closet spray. Simply combine ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, ¾ cup distilled water,r, 15 drops lavender oil, and 10 drops lemon oil in a spray bottle.

Give it a good shake, and then spritz away. Be cautious to test on an inconspicuous area first to verify that the oil doesn’t damage your clothing. This closet spray will help to keep your clothes smell fresh and will also help to deter moths and other insects.

Method 3: Potpourri Cones  

Potpourri Cones 

This method is similar to the sachet method, but instead of using a fabric square, you’ll use paper cones. You’ll need: Paper cones (You can find these at craft stores or make your own by cutting strips of paper.) Dried plants and natural oils. 

Fill each cone with the herbs and oils of your choice and place them in different corners of your closet. As with the other methods, if you’re applying pure oils, mix them with carrier oil first.

The key to this method is to check that the cones are small enough so that they don’t take up too much space in your closet. You want your clothes to be able to breathe, after all! This is a great way to subtly scent your clothes without making them feel heavy or coated.

Method 4: Scented Dryer Sheets

Scented dryer sheets are an easy way to make a small space smell fresher. You can experiment with different scents until you find one that you like, or you can even add a few drops of oil to the dryer sheet for an extra-potent boost. Simply place the dryer sheet on a shelf or in a drawer, and voila, instant freshness.

Dryer sheets don’t just provide a pleasant scent, but they work to absorb moisture and eliminate static cling. If you have trouble finding scented dryer sheets, you can also purchase oils and add them to unscented dryer sheets. Following these simple tips means that your home and closet will always smell fresh and inviting.

Method 5: DIY Gel Air Fresheners

If you’re looking for something more substantial than a dryer sheet, why not try making your gel air fresheners? Gel air fresheners are a great way to enjoy fresh-smelling air without resorting to harsh chemicals. Plus, they’re easy to make yourself with just a few simple ingredients.

All you need is some unflavored gelatin, water, natural oils, and plastic molds. Simply mix gelatin with water in a saucepan and heat until the gelatin has dissolved. Then remove the mixture from the heat and stir in your aromatic oils. Pour the mixture into your molds and let them set overnight. Once they’re set, pop them out of the mold and enjoy your new air fresheners.

Thanks to their gel formulation, these air fresheners will last for months. Just remember to keep them out of direct sunlight, as this can cause the gel to deteriorate. So, create your gel air fresheners at home. With just a little effort, you can enjoy fresh-smelling air all year long.

Method 6: DIY Reed Diffusers

Reed diffusers are well known for a good reason, they’re beautiful, and they work right. If you’d like to try making your own reed diffuser, all you’ll need is some oils, dried flowers (optional), diffuser rods (available at most home goods stores), and a jar or bottle.

Simply combine your chosen oils with water in whatever container you’re using. We recommend using one that’s narrow so that the diffuser rods can stand upright. Add the dried flowers if you’re using them, then insert the diffuser rods into the mixture. That’s it, and the diffuser will slowly release the scent of the oils into the air over time. 

Method 7: Glass Jar Air Freshener 

Glass Jar Air Freshener

A glass jar air freshener is a great way to enjoy your favorite fragrance oils. To make one, combine unflavored gelatin and water into a saucepan, then heat until dissolved. Then, remove from heat and stir in oils. If desired, you can also add food coloring.

Once the mixture is well combined, pour it into a glass jar and screw on the lid. When ready to enjoy your air freshener, remove the lid and enjoy the fragrance. This final option is similar to the gel air fresheners mentioned earlier, but instead of using molds, you’ll use a glass jar.

You’ll need water, gelatin, natural oils, and food coloring (optional). Combine the water and gelatin over a saucepan and heat until it dissolves. Stir in oils after removing from heat. If desired, stir in food coloring. Pour mixture into a glass jar, allow to cool slightly, then screw on the lid. Your air freshener is ready to use now. Simply remove the lid when you want fragrance.

Why Do Clothes in Drawers Smell Musty?

Why Do Clothes in Drawers Smell Musty

Listed below are some of the key reasons why clothes can smell musty when they are stored in drawers:

Poor Air Circulation

Poor air circulation is one of the primary reasons drawer clothes smell musty. When clothes are stored in a drawer, they are not exposed to fresh air, which can cause them to start to smell stale. If the drawer is made of a material that does not allow air to circulate, such as plastic, this can also contribute to musty-smelling clothes.


Another reason clothes in drawers smell musty is moisture. Keeping clothes in a drawer can trap moisture, resulting in mildew or mold. This is especially true if the drawer is located in a humid area, such as a bathroom.

Dirty Clothes

The clothing in drawers can also smell musty if they are dirty. If clothes are not laundered before being kept in a drawer, they can start to develop an unpleasant odor. If the drawer is used to store dirty laundry, clothes may smell musty as well.

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How Do You Use a Closet Fragrance?

How Do You Use a Closet Fragrance

Here’s a quick guide on how to use closet fragrance to keep your clothes smelling amazing.

Choose The Right Scent

The majority of fragrances are identical, so it’s important to find one that best suits your personal preferences. If you’re uncertain of where to start, we recommend checking out our line of Natural Room Sprays. With scents like Lavender and Lemongrass, they’re excellent for freshening up any space.

Consider The Size of Your Closet

The amount of fragrance you’ll need will vary depending on the size of your closet. For small closets, we recommend using 1-2 sprays per month. For medium-sized closets, 2-4 sprays per month should suffice. And for large closets, 4-6 sprays per month should keep things smelling fresh and clean.

Don’t Forget to Rotate Your Scents

Just like you rotate your wardrobe with the seasons, it’s important also to rotate your closet fragrances. Using the same scent year-round can get boring, so mix things up by switching to a new scent every few months. This will also help you get the most out of each fragrance bottle.

Make Your Own Closet Air Freshener

That’s it for our guide to making closet air fresheners. Following the methods above, you can create your own custom scent that will make your closet smell amazing. So what are you waiting for? Get started today and enjoy your homemade air freshener’s fresh, clean scent.

We hope you found this information helpful and that you’ll give one (or more) of these methods a try. Do you have any other tips for keeping small spaces smelling fresh? Share them with us in the comments below.

How to Make Closet Air Fresheners: 7 Healthy Methods

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