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How to Make a Lavender Air Freshener

Freshen the air naturally with a sachet made from lavender flowers. Here’s how to make a homemade lavender air freshener.

By The Editors of Yankee Magazine

May 07 2018


Make a Lavender Air Freshener

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“In the Middle Ages, the laundress was called the lavender,” says Lorraine Kiefer, herbal expert and owner of Triple Oaks Nursery, in Franklinville, New Jersey. The name reflected the use of lavender to scent linen and laundry. “If you sprinkle lavender on your carpet or couch before vacuuming, it will be a beautiful lavender air freshener,” Lorraine adds. “If you sprinkle lavender oil on furniture, under cushions, or on carpets, it will rid your home of that doggy smell. And cats will refuse to sit in a spot sprayed with lavender oil.”

Here is a homespun lavender air freshener recipe based on one in the handwritten Hartel Family Receipt Book (1810) that you can still use today to keep your home smelling lovely. Dab this mixture on a cotton ball or a piece of cloth to scent drawers, closets, and rooms. You can adjust the quantities of herbs and spices in this mixture to your liking.

Make a Lavender Air Freshener
Make a Lavender Air Freshener
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  • 2 teaspoons lavender flowers
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pint spirits (rubbing alcohol)
  • 2 teaspoons camphor oil*

Combine all the ingredients except the camphor oil and let the mixture stand in a glass jar (it may be covered, but leave it unsealed so the alcohol can evaporate) for 10 days in a moderately warm place. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth and add the camphor oil, following the directions on the camphor packaging closely. Dip cotton balls and/or cloth into the mixture to make lovely sachets. When the sachets lose their scent, make up a new batch.

Lavender has even more uses, Lorraine notes. “Lavender is wonderful when added to a bath, too. Put some lavender into an old clean sock with some Epsom salts or baking soda and add to a tub of warm water for a wonderful bath.”

* Camphor oil is toxic in large doses. Always consult a dilution guide before using.

Have you ever made a homemade lavender air freshener?

Excerpt from 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints from Skyhorse Publishing. This post was first published in 2011 and has been updated. 

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