Kid’s rooms can get unpleasantly fragrant fairly quickly. I get nervous about leaving anything children might think to put in their mouths in their room so I devised this air freshener to clean the room with food safe ingredients that doesn’t actually smell like food. I tried other scent combinations, but this one was the most gender neutral. One squirt will do the job without overpowering a room.
This also works in rooms teenagers have visited. Our computer room needs a squirt or two after a hearty X-Box session is over.
This formula is environmentally friendly. Nothing in it causes holes to open up in our ozone. The trick is to remember to give the bottle a shake before using it. The extract will separate from the water fairly quickly.
- 1 ounce distilled water + a little extra to top off the formula
- 10 drops of anise extract (found in the baking section of grocery stores)
- 5 drops of grapefruit seed extract
- eye dropper for measuring extracts
- 1 ounce plastic bottle with a spritzer top
- Pour the distilled water into the plastic bottle.
- Carefully add the extract.
- Your mixture will have a little extra room at the top for more formula so add a little extra water to fill the bottle.
- Screw the cap carefully on the bottle.
- Label your final product with the name of the formula and the directions to shake the bottle before using.
- Keep your bottle plain and without fancy stickers so young children aren’t tempted to use it as a toy.
Storage and Use
Shake the bottle before spritzing the air. One spritz should do it.
Warning: Do not spritz the fluid into any one’s eyes or mouth. Keep the bottle on a high shelf so it stays out of reach of small children.