DIY gel air freshener

As much as I love scented candles, there's always this fear that I may one day leave them burning unattended and burn my house down, especially now that I have baby brain. These gel air fresheners are therefore a wonderful alternative; to use, just remove lid and place in any room that needs a bit of freshening up for up to a month, after which you simply wash it out and re-use glass jar. Smells great and looks pretty too!
To make 250ml gel freshener, you'll need:

1 tablespoon or 1 sachet of clear and unflavoured gelatine
Glass jars
Essential oils or fragrance oils (I used lavender and rose)
Bamboo skewer or paddle pop stick
1 tablespoon salt
Dried lavender and roses (optional)

Method:

1. Add gelatine and salt in 175ml boiling water and whisk briskly until dissolved. The salt acts as a preservative and prevents gelatine from moulding.

2. Add 175ml cold water and mix well. Allow gelatine mixture to cool until just warm to touch.

3. Add fragrance oil and stir well with a paddle pop stick. The general rule for adding fragrance oil is to use 10% of the gelatine volume. So in the case I added 25ml of fragrance oil to 250ml of gelatine mixture. Note if using essential oil (which is more concentrated) to only use 5%.

4. Pour into glass jar(s). Add dried flowers, if you like.

5. Allow to cool until set. Tip: To help the gel set faster, place in refrigerator.

35 Responses to DIY gel air freshener

Jessica said...

These are lovely and you are right a great alternative to scented candles.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

These are so pretty and smart.

Niken said...

lovely. i think i'm gonna try this

Rose said...

I love scent too especially lavender.

That is very easy to make, thanks for sharing.

greenthumb said...

What a great idea, sometimes those candles can take my breath away.

greenthumb said...

What a great idea, sometimes those candles can take my breath away.

burntfeather said...

I visited my friends house the other day and I instantly was struck by how pretty her house smelled so I've been on the hunt for some essential oils (I too fear burning down the house.) I honestly didn't know you could diy them like this - I'm definitely book marking this to try later on in the week :)

twoplicates said...

this is such an ingenious idea! love the way it looks & this is totally perfect for the summer :)

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Hannapat said...

This is such a lovely idea, I am definitely going to try it soon. Thank you for sharing this with us. Much love sweetie xoxo

OtherMix said...

That looks very neat! Plus, no fire issues, so that's good as well!

Ellie said...

Those are lovely and they'll look sweet around the house!

Pop Champagne said...

oh wow this is a good idea! and they turn out so pretty too! definitely better than forgetting you have candles burning :)

Sam said...

You are brilliant, love this creative idea, it looks pretty and must smell divine!

Chrissie said...

Fascinating! I can't wait to try this! Chrissie x

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a great idea! So neat that you can make them yourself. I am a little nervous about burning candles as well.

Jane said...

another great diy trish! love it!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

These look so pretty and I imagine they smell pretty as well. Thanks Trishie!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Loz said...

This is a great idea. I too am afraid of burning my house down :) These look lovely too x

Carmen ShuGar said...

Genius! I have the same fear with baby on his way. You are so creative!

Tina Bradley said...

Lovely idea! I, too, worry I could forget and leave a candle burning--this is a fab solution to that issue! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

My Garden Diaries said...

I just love this!!! It seems to me a more natural way to create a beautiful scent in your home! I always worry about the chemicals in some of those scented candles with my beans...this is so brilliant friend!!! I will have to try this! I hope you and the family are doing great!! Nicole

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a lovely idea!

Ananka said...

That's a great idea! I used to love scented candles. But then when I got my three cats, it turns out one of them is allergic to them.

She used to go mental and hiss. And she's such a placid wee soul. Took us a few days to work out what the problem was!

These may be a good alternative :-)

Joyce Olson said...

These are just so pretty and unique-I burn many candles and I have the same fear. I am going to pin them!
Thank you for the great idea and tutorial-
Jemma

Emi ♡ 恵美 said...

How lovely and a brilliant idea ^^

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Anouka said...

Such a great alternative to candles and they look great too!

Peach Macarons said...

Trishie, this is so clever! I have never come across this idea before. Looks easy too. Will have to give tis a go!

Anne Hill said...

What a smart idea!

organicgardendreams said...

Hi Trishie, I usually don't like scented candles, since for my nose the fragrance is often way too strong and smells artificial. Your DIY gel air freshener might be a good alternative and as you said they look very pretty as well! Warm regards,
Christina

oomph. said...

what a great idea! i love candles, too, and used to always have them burning. nice alternative with kids around.

Katrina Sophia said...

that is an awesome idea! bookmarked for sure :)

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Shirley Tay said...

Wow! This is the first time I've heard of gel freshener. Do they work as well as those freshener in the market? Brilliant!

London Loafers said...

wow this sounds like such an amazing idea and it looks utterly beautiful too! :)

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Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Wow, I've never heard of something like this but I LOVE the idea!!! I can't have candles around due to a curious kitty so this makes so much more sense. I'm totally giving it a try :) Thanks!

Beauty Box said...

I've never heard of scented gel! You are a very creative DIY lil missy ;)