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Gel Air Freshener

Learn to make a gel air freshener out of stuff you probably already have at home! This easy DIY will leave your home smelling so good. And it’s made with all-natural ingredients!

Gel Air Freshener

Happy DIY day!

I took a minute from cleaning and organizing the bedroom to make a really easy gel air freshener from things I already had in my kitchen cabinets. This DIY only requires 2 ingredients and it’s super easy!

The main ingredient in a gel air freshener is gelatin, which you can find at any grocery store. (I purchased mine from Kroger.) Essential oils or fragrance oils are used for the scent. If you would like your air freshener to be a certain color, food coloring can be used.

lid to gel air freshener

The scent I chose for my gel air freshener is Lemon Cupcake. This bottle of Lemon Cupcake essential oil was a free birthday gift from Plant Therapy as part of their rewards program. It smells amazing! I put this oil in a diffuser necklace so I can smell it throughout the day. Sometimes I diffuse it in my diffuser to make my whole house smell like a lemon cupcake. (It’s probably my favorite oil!!)

If you’re interested, here’s a coupon to get $10 off your first purchase of $25 or more, plus free shipping!

lemon cupcake essential oil

Gel air fresheners are wonderful gift ideas for family, friends, teachers, or neighbors. They are make perfect house warming gifts. Or make some as thank you gifts for baby or wedding showers.

Tie some dried flowers to the side and wrap with clear cellophane for a beautiful gift.

gel air freshener diy

Here are some more ideas using natural ingredients and essential oils:
No-Sew Lavender Scented Drawer Sachet
No-Sew Hanging Sachet
Carpet Freshener

What is a gel air freshener?

Gel air fresheners are made from gelatin, which holds in fragrances, therefore they can last a really long time. These air fresheners can be purchased in stores, but for a fraction of the cost you can make your own.

How to make a gel air freshener

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What you need:

  • (2) 4-ounce mason jars or (1) 8-ounce mason jar
  • Fabric square for the topper
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin (found near baking supplies at any grocery store)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 2-3 teaspoons essential or fragrance oil – adjust to your preference (I used about 30 drops essential oil)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
Materials Needed

What you do:

First, combine 1/2 cup hot water and 2 packs of gelatin in a mixing bowl, stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.

Not all the gelatin dissolved for me. I’m not sure if it was because I used a store brand or maybe my water was not hot enough. However, there were tiny lumps that would not dissolve so I ended up taking them out.

Step 1 combine gelatin and water

Next, add food coloring until you get the shade you want. Food coloring is optional!

Then add 1/2 cup cold water and stir until mixed well.

Finally, add 2-3 teaspoons of oil. I used about 30 drops of essential oil. Adjust the amount of drops of oil to your preference.

Add food coloring, cold water and essential oil

Pour the liquid mixture into your jar(s) and sit in a cool place for about an hour or so, or until set. I placed mine in the refrigerator.

I used an 8-ounce jelly jar for this because I couldn’t get to my 4-ounce jars. However, next time I make this I will use the smaller jars. I just think they are cuter, plus you’re getting two air fresheners in from one mix.

pour the mixture into the jar

While the gel air freshener is “setting”, you can add the fabric to the lid.

I used a very thin fabric (muslin). Another option for the lid is to use frog lids or a piece of scrapbook paper with holes punched in it, or you could just leave the lid off altogether.

Lay the lid on the fabric and trace around it with a pencil, then cut out the circle.

trace around the lid on the fabric

Attach the fabric to the inside of the ring with hot glue.

add fabric to the ring

After adding the fabric to the ring, wrap the outside of it with jute string just to give it a more rustic look.

add jute string to the jar lid

After the gel air freshener has set, just place the jar wherever you wish!

Remember that the fragrance can be changed throughout the year. Make a fall rain scented air freshener for fall or candy cane scented for Christmas.

Gel air fresheners made with lemongrass are perfect for sitting on outside tables to keep the bugs away!

There’s no limit to the fragrances you can use!

pin it for later
gel air freshener pin
Gel air freshener pin

Thank you for sharing!
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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. This looks like a great idea! Something I had not seen before. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you! They’re so easy to make and smell so good. I hope you get a chance to make one!

  2. Love this idea. Am definitely going to try this.

    1. Thank you so much! I’d love to see yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That looks really nice. I just wish I could smell it ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thank you! It smells amazing! I keep smelling it and it’s making me want cupcakes. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Very cool idea! How do you get lids that open on the top? I haven’t been able to find lids like these. I used to buy gel air fresheners all the time but a) they didn’t list very long because they were small and b) the smell was artificial-smelling. If I’m able to find the right jar, I will definitely be making this in the future!

    1. Thank you so much! I found the jars with lids at Walmart. I hope you can find some so you can make one for yourself. If you do I’d love to see it!

      1. I have a bunch of jars but I don’t have the right lids for them.๐Ÿ™ In the past when I grew bean spouts, I would use mesh which didn’t really work too well (not to mention the mesh was ugly).

        1. You can leave the lid off if you want. Or if you want fabric covering it you can just lay it over the top with the sides hanging down and tie a ribbon around it to hold it in place.

  5. Shae says:

    So cool my friend!!

    1. Thank you so much!

  6. Another great tip Michelle, I am going to try this one too!

    1. Thank you! I’d love to see yours if you make one!

  7. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Youโ€™re an Etsy queen, arenโ€™t you? Lol! ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Haha!! I like the way you think! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Just sayinโ€™! Youโ€™re crafty and full of good ideas.., ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

        1. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

          1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

            Youโ€™re welcome so much!

  8. Essential oils are awesome! Glad you and your family are well! God bless!

    1. I agree! I love using them for so many different things. Thank you! Have a blessed day!

  9. I love it. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much!

  10. Now how wonderful is this! You are always sharing great tips! Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  11. That is a great idea!

    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This tip is helpful for getting better air in order to study better. It is crucial that students make/buy an air freshener so that they can improve their study efficiency with the help from the fresh air.
    Unfortunately, I am busy with study and I don’t have time to do so. I may do that one day in the future. If this idea had generated before, I could have enjoyed the fresher air than it used to.

    1. I agree with you. Fresh air is very helpful when it comes to studying and mental health in general. I hope you get to make one of these later on. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. Thank you so much!

  13. Love this great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Ooh! I often use candles, but I love that these are DIY. I want to look into the sachets! Thank you, Michelle โค๏ธ

    1. I still love my candles, too, especially in fall and winter. ๐Ÿ˜Š These are so easy to make! If you get to make a sachet I’d love to see it!

  15. Great idea and I love that we can pin your information now! Your blog is gettinโ€™ all fancy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you! I was so frustrated with my last theme because there were certain things that just stopped working. Hopefully, this one lasts forever! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Let’s hope so!

  16. cdloken says:

    You had me at lemon cupcake, Michelle! This looks like a fun project! I’ll be putting gelatin on my list for sure!

    1. It is so easy to make and fun, too because you can make so many different fragrances. If you get to make one I’d love to see it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. They say it’s a dull day unless you learn something new. Well, my day just more interesting. Thanks!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad I’ve made your day a little more interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I love this idea, thanks Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  19. I love that you picked Lemon Cupcake cause thatโ€™s definitely what Iโ€™d choose as well. I love everything about lemons – the scent, the taste, how they associate with cleanliness, everything!

    1. Me, too! This time of the year I always start looking for lemon everything. I’m more about lemons in spring and summer than pumpkin spice in fall! ๐Ÿ˜‚

      1. Pumpkin spice gets a lot of hate, but I really do like it ๐Ÿ˜‰.

  20. I’d never think to make something like this for myself usually but this sounds so much easier than I’d expect it to be. You’re right about it being a great gift too, they’re beautifully presented in the jars x


    1. They are really easy to make and smell so good! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. So cool…. I like to try this. I have all the materials from my kitchen and I never thought of this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you! If you get to make one I’d love to see it!

  22. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    Great idea, love it! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 15 for Crafts and DIY, open April 15 to 25. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

    1. Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. That sounds super easy! Found your link on Grammy’s link up. I wonder if I have gelatin in the pantry…

    1. They are really easy to make and smell great, too. Thank you so much for visiting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Ooo this is a fantastic idea, Michelle. Never would have thought to make one of these, and had no idea how you’d go about it but gelatine makes sense. Depending on how much you can pick that up for in the supermarket, I imagine you could make a few of these and save a small fortune on branded gel air fresheners! And yours looks really cute in the mason jar. Fantastic make. I’m really curious about lemon cupcake as an essential oil now, sounds yum! x

    1. Thank you so much! Making your own does save a lot of money, especially if you’re buying them quite regularly. Lemon cupcake essential oil smells amazing! I’m all about lemon scents this time of year. ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. Nice. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you so much!

  26. You rock Michelle, great thank you for sharing and I love the scent you used, looks beautiful. <3

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  27. sounds easy to make – pinned!

    1. It is! I’ll be making more soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for pinning!

  28. I love this idea, pinning so I can remember to give it a try!!! Thank you for sharing with us at Handmade Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you! I’d love to see yours if you get to make one!

  29. I’ve never heard of gel air freshener! I’m clearly out of the loop! I’ll have to try it.

    1. They’re so easy to make and smell great! I’d love to see yours if you get to make one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. This is such a great idea, I’ve never seen these before, so thank you for sharing Michelle! I love the sound of a lemon cupcake scent too! Such a lovely gift idea and fun project! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. Thank you! Lemon cupcake smells amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Wow. This is such a great idea. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing. โค

    1. Thank you so much! I’d love to see it if you get a chance to make one! ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Wow! What a great idea! I can feel the smell of lemon cupcakes ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you!! I love the smell of lemon cupcakes so this was the perfect oil to use for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I love how easy this is. Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. It is really easy and smells so good! Thank you!

  34. Lellalee says:

    Wow these look amazing and so easy to make! I’ll be trying these myself. Thank you for sharing xxx

    1. Thank you! They’re a lot of fun to make, too. And make great gifts! I’d love to see yours if you get a chance to make one!

  35. I’ve always wondered how to make these. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, you are being featured on my blog this evening.

    1. They are very easy to make and smell so good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for visiting!

  36. pamela says:

    This is a great gift idea-especially for a teacher gift. I’m sure the lemon smells so fresh!!

    1. Thank you! The lemon cupcake smells amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I absolutely adore this idea, Michelle! Lemon cupcake sounds amazing! Only problem is I feel hungry just thinking about it, ha ha!

    Brilliant DIY. I’ve shared on Pinterest and Twitter of course. I love that we can live as naturally as possible while still enjoying our scented comforts.

    It’s also fun that you can choose for yourself what kind of container to put this gel in. All sorts of ideas there! Love it. We will *definitely* be trying this in the near future. Sending endless love your way! โ™ฅ

    1. Thank you!! I know! Every time I smell it I want a cupcake! But I have to settle for sniffing my air freshener instead. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Yes! I wish the thrift stores were open because I would love to go hunt down some cute containers to make more of these. Thank you so much for sharing!! Hugs and love!!!

  38. I had no idea you could even make your own air freshener like this, Michelle – so cool! I’m excited to try this because I love anything with lemon. I bet it smells amazing! Hope your week has been a fun one, CoCo

    1. They’re so easy to make and fun, too! I love that you can make it your own by adding any scent and color. Thank you! I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  39. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 16 for Gardening from my previous linkup for Crafts and DIY, open April 30 to May 10. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

    1. Thank you so much!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  40. Great post! Thanks for sharing this diy.

    1. Thank you so much!

  41. I’ll be featuring you this week on my blog, facebook page and Instagram. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the To Grandma house we go link party!

    1. Thank you so much!! That is wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Cool! I think I might try to do this, I love DIY stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you! If you make one, I’d love to see it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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