Your home scent is crucial. In addition to being people’s first impression when they walk through your door, it’s also invigorating and inspiring to create a comforting ambiance in your space by making sure it smells good.
Scenting Your Home With Essential Oils
There are many store-bought options for scenting a home with essential oils — the most popular being essential oil diffusers. In addition, there are also many fun DIY projects and crafts that you can complete to scent your home in a fun way.
Diffusers are arguably the most essential oil room scenting method, and can be found in stores and online, or made using common household objects.
1. Store-Bought Diffuser
Diffusers can be bought in many retail stores or online. Depending on what you’re looking for, diffusers can range from the affordable to the extravagant. Do some research to find the diffuser that works best for you, your budget and your space.
2. Toilet Paper Roll Diffuser
Keep your bathroom smelling fresh by dripping a few drops of an essential oil blend inside of a toilet paper roll, then putting the roll in its usual place. Each time you use toilet paper, the rotation of the roll will release the scent into the air. Depending on how strong of a scent you desire, 3-5 drops will work nicely.
3. DIY Diffuser Jar
You can make your own diffuser jar with an oil blend of your choice. All you need is a jar with a small opening at the top filled with 1 to 2 inches of saffron, almond or baby oil. Then, fill with 15-20 drops of your preferred essential oil or blend and insert rattan reeds or bamboo skewers. You can then decorate the jar with ribbon, string, stickers or paint.
4. Air Filter Diffuser
Turn your furnace air filter into a diffuser by adding a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. Though it isn’t a very long lasting DIY, it’s an incredibly easy project that will leave your house smelling great. All you need to do is add 20 or so drops of oil on your filter and place it into the vent. This is a great option for a quick fix when you have guests coming over!
5. Cotton Ball Diffuser
Cotton balls are common household items that are great for scentscaping because they easily absorb scents. All you need to make a cotton ball air diffuser is a cup or bowl, some cotton balls and the essential oil of your choice. Fill the jar with the cotton balls, add 15-20 drops of essential oil and enjoy.
6. DIY Clay Pot Diffusers
This is a more involved DIY project that requires a Dremel tool. To make a clay pot diffuser, first buy the clay pot and a matching saucer. Soak the pot in water for 30 minutes, then use the Dremmel tool to cut a hole in the pot that you can put the candle into. Once the hole is cut, place a tealight candle into the pot through the hole then place the saucer on top of the pot. Put a wax melt in the saucer and enjoy.
DIY Cleaning Supplies
To give your house a fresh, clean feeling without the chemicals, these essential oil cleaners can be used in your cleaning routine.
7. DIY Room or Linen Spray
Room spray is a simple DIY that can leave your room smelling fresh. All you need is a spray bottle, witch hazel, distilled water and essential oils. Start by putting 25-3o drops of essential oil in your spray bottle, fill it to the halfway point with witch hazel then fill the rest of the way with distilled water. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. For added aesthetics, fill with dried flowers or glitter.
8. DIY Pet-Friendly Carpet Powder
To help diffuse pet scents, a pet-friendly carpet power is an easy two-ingredient DIY that can leave your floors (and room) smelling fresh. All you need is pure baking soda and the essential oil of your choice — mix 8-10 drops of essential oil with baking soda in a small jar. Sprinkle on your carpets, leave for a few minutes then vacuum up.
9. Dusting Spray
Dusting spray is a natural cleaning supply that can leave a fresh scent in your home that will last long after your weekly cleaning spree. To make this spray, combine 1 cup water, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 teaspoons olive oil and 15 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake to mix the ingredients together, spray on a household surface then wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Shake before each use to combine the water and oil.
DIY Air Fresheners
Air fresheners can be left around the house for full scent coverage.
10. DIY Gel Air Freshener
A bit more of a complicated craft, this DIY gel air freshener is a fun and decorative way to add flavor to your home. The first step to making these air fresheners is getting a small jar — you can insert seasonal or fun decor such as dried flowers, glitter or beads. Then, heat 1.5 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of salt on medium heat and add 1 oz. gelatin. Once the gelatin is dissolved, remove from heat and add another ½ cup of water. Pour the essential oil into the mixture until you reach desired scent potency, mix and pour into the jars. Allow the jars to cool, then place them around your house.
11. DIY Wax Melts
Wax melts are a popular way to scent any room. These melts are burned in wax melt burners, which can be purchased in stores or online. Customize your scent by making your own wax melts with essential oils — easily customized to your desired potency. First, create a double boiler by bringing a pot of water to boil and inserting another pot over top of it. Add ½ cup coconut oil and 1 oz. beeswax pellets to the top pot, stirring until the mixture is smooth and blended. Remove from heat, add essential oils until the desired scent is reached, then pour into a mold and cool until hardened.
12. Coffee Filter Scent Packets
Combine the odor-absorbing baking soda with your favorite scents to replace bad smells with good ones. Take a coffee filter, put two spoonfuls of baking soda inside then add 5-8 drops of essential oil and dried herbs or flower petals if you want to. After you’ve created your scent packet, tie the coffee filter closed with a ribbon or twine and place it in your home.
13. Deodorizer Disks
Deodorizer disks are small, subtle and fragrant additions to a cabinet, refrigerator or drawer that needs a little refresh. To make them, combine 1 cup of baking soda, 4 teaspoons of water and 20-25 drops of essential oil into a bowl and mix. Divide the mixture into a molded cookie tin or chocolate molds to make about 20 disks, then allow to dry overnight. Once they’re completely dry, remove from the molds and place around your home.
14. Dried Flower Air Freshener
A dried flower air freshener is a decorative way to add a bit of beauty and fragrance to your home — especially for those without a green thumb for houseplants. Make or buy a dried flower arrangement, place into a jar or vase and add a few drops of essential oils to the leaves. Replace the oils when the scent fades.
15. Terra Cotta Air Freshener
The clay used to make these air fresheners is great for absorbing essential oils and adds a fun, decorative element to your home. Purchase terra cotta clay, roll it into a sheet and use cookie cutters or a knife to shape it into your desired shape. Use stamps or a toothpick to draw designs into the clay, then use a toothpick or pen to create a hole in the top for a string. Bake the clay according to package directions, tie a string onto the freshener and add 3-5 drops of essential oil.
Beyond those above, there are many ways to scent a room using essential oils. We’ve compiled a few more ideas here:
16. Essential Oil Candles
Candles are a classic way to scent a room, and they can also be a fun DIY project! You can customize your candle scent by making them yourself with essential oils, and enjoy them even more because they are your creation.
17. Stovetop Potpourri
Potpourri is a fun, decorative way to scent a room. Stovetop potpourris are made by combining water, essential oil and any other fragrant items such as fruit, cinnamon sticks or flowers in a saucepan. Turn the stove on simmer and let the scent fill your home for as long as you desire.
18. Clothespin Diffuser
To make this extremely simple diffuser, simply paint or spray essential oils onto a clothespin and clip it to an air vent or fan to circulate the scent. Repaint or spray the pins when the scent fades.
19. DIY Fire Starter
Fire starters are a fun DIY project that helps you start a fire with the natural elements it contains, then spread a fragrance through your home once the fire is burning. Place them into a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit before lighting your fire, then enjoy!
20. Water Bead Diffuser Jar
Water bead diffusers are extremely easy to make. To begin, submerge water beads in a bowl for 24 hours. Once they’re hydrated, drain the excess water and place the beads in a jar. Add essential oils until your decided scent is reached, then stir.
21. Scented Tissue Box
For a subtle, hidden way to scent a smaller space or room, drop a few drops of essential oils into your tissue box. The scent will release each time a tissue is pulled from the box.
22. Relaxing Pillowcase
Another extremely easy DIY, simply drop a few drops of essential oil onto a tissue or a cotton ball. Then, insert the tissue or cotton ball into your pillowcase for a refreshing and relaxing scent when you sit near or lay on the pillow.
23. Rice Jar Diffuser
To make a rice diffuser, get some dry white rice and pour it into a jar or bowl. Then, drip essential oils onto the rice until the desired scent is reached and stir. When the scent fades, simply add more oil onto the rice.
24. Felt Air Freshener
A felt air freshener is another fun way to add a decorative element to your fragrance. Cut a shape into wool felt and make a small hole to tie a string through. Once the string is tied, drop 4-5 drops of essential oil on the felt then hang somewhere in your home.
25. Stovetop Air Freshener
For a quick fix, simply boil water mixed with essential oils and let the smell circulate through your home for as long as you’d like.
26. Loose Cotton Balls
Cotton balls are great for absorbency, and are subtle ways to add fragrance to corners in your home. Dip cotton balls in essential oil mixtures, allow them to dry then place them in any cabinets, drawers or closets that need a little scent.
27. Fragrant Mop Water
Spread a pleasant scent throughout your home by mixing 10-15 drops of essential oils in your mop water before mopping your floors.
28. Fragrant Fire Log
For another easy way to spread scent, simply drop 5-8 drops of essential oil onto a fire log then let the log completely dry. Then, burn the log as usual and enjoy the scent that spreads throughout the room.
29. Scented Light
When your lamp is turned off and the bulb is cold, drop 2-3 drops of essential oil onto the top of the bulb. When you turn on the light, the heat from the bulb will heat the essential oil and spread the scent.
30. Trash Odor Eliminator
To create a more pleasant aroma near the often-unpleasant smell of your trash cans, dip a cotton ball or tissue in essential oil and place it in the bottom of the trash can before you add the bag.
Essential Oil Scent Blends
The essential oil blend you choose for your home can help you decide on the entire mood of your space.
- Calm: lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang
- Inspiring: lemon, rosemary, peppermint
- Happy: frankincense, peppermint, wild orange, lime
- Welcoming: lemon, rosemary, lavender
- Focused: peppermint, rosemary, lemon
- Fresh: bergamot, lime, lavender
- Natural: cypress, juniper, frankincense
- Clean: lavender, tea tree, lemon
Where to Put Essential Oils
The placement of your essential oils will affect how useful they are in spreading the scent. Consider putting your air fresheners or diffusers in these spots to get the full effect:
- In or Near Vents: Placing the oils in or near vents will help the fragrance spread throughout the home.
- In Cupboards: Add an element of freshness to your cabinets by putting air fresheners inside.
- On the Floors: Spread the scent throughout your home by mopping floors with essential oil-infused water or sprinkling carpet powder onto the carpet and vacuuming it up.
- In the Bathrooms: Keep your bathroom fresh by adding an air freshener, or by dripping essential oils onto flower arrangements or the toilet paper roll.
- On Plants: Dripping essential oils onto dried flower arrangements or plants is a great, low-key way to keep your home smelling fresh throughout.
Finding a scent that works for you is an exciting experience — and can become your (and your home’s!) signature. Choose wisely and experiment with a few options until you find something you love and that makes you feel good.