How to Make a Deodorizing Bathroom Spray

Mainstream air fresheners – sprays, wicks, and electric that you can buy from most stores – have a long ingredient list filled with toxic chemicals. Just one example of these chemicals is trichlorofluoromethane. I looked into the safety of this chemical and found it has been assigned the danger symbol because of its severe toxicity and damage to the ozone layer and environment in general. Another harmful ingredient is called 1,4-dichlorobenzene which has already been proven to reduce lung function. Not exactly what I’m looking for in an air freshener.


Still, we all want to have a fresh and pleasant smelling home. I have a nebulizer in the main parts of my apartment which I diffuse essential oils from on a daily basis. The bathroom, however, does not have this, and unfortunately it can sometimes need a little extra help in the scent department. That’s why this homemade natural air freshener is so great. Here is how to make a deodorizing bathroom spray with just a few ingredients.

How to Make a Deodorizing Bathroom Spray Recipe DIY

Deodorizing Bathroom Spray

1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
4 1/2 tbsp water
10-15 drops essential oil – I used 6 drops geranium and 9 drops lemon


Combine ingredients in a small spray bottle. These quantities are for a 100 ml bottle.
Shake gently before each use and spray into the air.
It can also be sprayed directly onto smelly items in your home to deodorize shoes, furniture, and more.


Ideal essential oils to use are those with deodorizing properties such as:
-tea tree


What air fresheners do you use? What scents do you like for room sprays?

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15 Comment

  1. Reply
    Amanda Nel
    March 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Cool stuff, I will copy the recipe for future use, I just hate the smell of normal deodorizers. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply
      March 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      I actually don’t like the smell of mainstream air fresheners anymore either. I hope you find this more pleasant!

  2. Reply
    March 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    What a clever and simple way to maintain a fresh smelling home! I will definitely be trying this, thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply
      March 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      I’m glad! I’d love to hear your experience with it after.

  3. Reply
    AnnMarie Brown
    March 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    This scent sounds perfect I think I will make up some for my bathroom tomorrow.

    1. Reply
      March 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      That’s awesome! Let me know what you think. 🙂

  4. Reply
    Sammi @ Grounded & Surrounded
    March 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I have been looking for a chemical free bathroom/room deodorizer. Thank you for this recipe! I have most of the essential oils already except geranium.

    1. Reply
      March 6, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Perfect! Geranium is nice, but there are lots of other deodorizing options too.

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    Angelina @ Peonies & Orange Blossoms
    March 10, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    This sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

    1. Reply
      March 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Kim Cunningham
    March 10, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Great tip!

  7. Reply
    Jenn Peters
    March 13, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Oh I love this! I love natural alternatives to the chemical laden stuff… still working on transitioning, so this idea is FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing it on the #SundayBlogHop

    1. Reply
      March 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Oh, I’m so glad. I love hearing that people are transferring over. I hope you like it!

  8. Reply
    Amy R
    March 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Grace, I’m not sure if I ever let you know that I did make this. It is great. I used a couple different oils based on what I had on hand, but I am so happy with it. We haven’t had any scents for so long that this is a nice change. And with the kids (boys) getting older it’s handy for the bathroom! haha!

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      March 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Haha, oh that’s awesome! I’m so glad you made it and it’s been working well. Which essential oils did you use?

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