The Easiest and Cheapest DIY Car Air Freshener You Will Ever Make

One of my new favorite places here in Wisconsin is the recycling center, or, as we have dubbed it, the dump.

Less than a 1/4 mile from our house is the center where the entire township brings their trash, recyclables, and things they no longer need or want.

It is this last category of items that makes the dump so exciting.  The couple that manages it sets aside what they deem usable and allow people to grab items that others have discarded.  Literally, one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure at this place.

I have come home with something almost every week from the dump, ranging from toys, lamps, furniture, and the least of all this:

coffee filters.



The woman managing the dump suggested I put these in the bottom of my potted plants to keep soil from leaking out.  Although this is a fabulous idea, I had another thing in mind for these babies.


I poured in 1/2 cup baking soda.  Then I added 30 drops of essential oils.  IMG_0756

I made two air fresheners:  for the van I mostly drive I used a stress relief blend that my sister sent me; it has a few citrus oils and ylang ylang, and it is lovely.  For my husband’s commuter car, I made the manliest blend I could think of:  10 drops each frankincense, cedarwood, and pine needle.

I smooshed the baking soda and essential oils around a bit and tied these off with some twine.  IMG_0760

This was the quickest, easiest DIY project I think I’ve ever done!

(And it helps to keep our cars fresh!)

No Smelly Hippies, Here

Warning:  Before you read this post I should let you all know that I have officially been bitten by the “all-natural” bug.  I recently watched a Canadian documentary called “Chemerical” which follows one family through their journey to rid their home of toxic chemicals in cleaning products and self-care products.

Why is it important that the documentary was Canadian?

Because Canadians are a silly folk.  🙂

And I love them.


Some products, you can imagine, have more potent chemicals and are more likely to damage a person’s body.

Two women very close to me (emotionally and genetically) have had lumps removed from their breasts, and one of them had researched and discovered that traditional deoderants contain many carcinogens.  She has since switched to all-natural deoderant.

But what did I do yesterday?

I made my own. 🙂


I researched a few different recipes for homemade deoderant, and settled on this one because it seemed simple.

It was!

Here are the ingredients:


1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp cornstarch

20-25 drops essential oil (I chose lavender)

I melted the coconut oil in the microwave since I was feeling lazy:

100_2457Yay, coconut oil.  Then added the cornstarch and baking powder and stirred:

100_2458Finally I added the lavender oil and stirred that in.  I poured my deoderant into this nifty artichoke appetizer jar (you know you’re Italian when…).  Then I used that trick everyone uses to make chalkboard paint and made a shnazzy label.

100_2460Bam.  Deoderant.

Now, I thought it might be inappropriate to share a photograph of my underarms on the internet, but I will happily report that this deoderant doesn’t leave any white residue, nor does it clump or look gross at all.  It rubbed on smoothly, and didn’t rub off on my shirt.  I call that a win!