Making your air freshener gel at home is a simple and cost-effective way to add a pleasant fragrance to your living space.
Here’s a basic recipe you can follow:
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1-2 packets of unflavored gelatin
- Essential oils of your choice
- Food coloring (optional)
- Heat-resistant container(s)
- Heat source (stove or microwave)
- Stirring utensil
- Choose heat-resistant containers or jars that will serve as the mold for your air freshener gel.
- Make sure the containers are clean and dry.
- Boil 1 cup of distilled water on the stove or in the microwave.
- Gradually add 1-2 packets of unflavored gelatin to the boiling water while stirring continuously.
- Continue stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the gelatin-water mixture and stir until the salt is dissolved. The salt helps to preserve the gel and extend its shelf life.
Cool the mixture:
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly before proceeding to the next step.
Add essential oils:
- Once the mixture has cooled a bit, add your choice of essential oils for fragrance.
- Start with around 20-30 drops of essential oil, but you can adjust the amount based on your preference.
- Stir well to ensure the even distribution of the essential oil.
Add color (Optional):
- If you want to add color to your air freshener gel, add a few drops of food coloring. This step is entirely optional and can be skipped if you prefer a clear gel.
- Stir until the color is evenly distributed.
Pour into containers:
- Carefully pour the gelatin mixture into your prepared containers or jars.
- Leave some space at the top to prevent spills when the gel sets.
Cool and set:
- Allow the gel to cool to room temperature and then place it in the refrigerator for a few hours or until it has completely set.
- Once the gel has set, it’s ready to use. Place the containers in different areas of your home to enjoy the pleasant fragrance.
The fragrance may fade over time, and you can refresh it by adding more essential oils as needed. Additionally, store your homemade air freshener gel in a cool place to prevent it from melting in warm temperatures.
Source: Stella Takyiwaa Okyere (pulse.com.gh)