I have a small powder room on the main floor of my house. It’s a luxury that I’m still getting used to because my last house had one tiny bathroom that everyone in the house used daily and our guests also used when they came to visit. Now I have this wonderful powder room, and while I seldom use it personally, it’s an extravagance I can no longer do without when family and friends come to call. I no longer give a second thought to the laundry hanging around our bathroom upstairs, or the empty toilet paper roll. I have a perfect guest powder room with fluffy hand towels and fancy soap.
In addition to the decor, I really enjoy having the aroma of essential oils in the powder room. It doesn’t make sense to run a diffuser when it may remain unused for days at a time, but I found this simple but effective solution — a baking soda air freshener!
All you need to make one is some baking soda, essential oils, and a jar of some form. Add about 10 drops of a good quality essential oil to the baking soda and stir it up. Add more drops of oil if you want it to be a bit stronger scented, or to refresh the scent after a week or more.
I really like the glass jars with a metal clasp to hold the lid on. This way I can open the jar and prop the lid up with the clasp to let just the right amount of fragrance out. If the room needs some major freshening up, you can open the lid altogether. Alternatively, if the room is not being used at all, you can seal the jar shut until needed.
I leave it open just a little all the time so that there is always a fresh feel to the room. Plus I get a burst of eucalyptus/lemon aroma whenever I pass by.
There are many scent combinations that you can use for this simple air freshener. I like eucalyptus and lemon because it’s energizing, lively, and clean-smelling. Try these other combinations if they suit you better:
- Peppermint and vanilla
- Lavender and grapefruit
- Lemon, lime and sweet orange
- Rosemary and spearmint
- Lemongrass and ginger
- Coffee, vanilla and orange
- Anise and mint
- Cinnamon and clove
Please note: not all essential oils are recommended for use with children and eucalyptus is one of them. If you plan to use essential oils in a home with children, please purchase pure oils and blends that are safe for use with the wee ones. This website has a comprehensive list of essential oils that can safely be used with children (http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/essential-oil-safety-babies-children/), but it is always best to speak with your health care professional to be sure.
Used In This Project:
- Circle Labels • I chose the “Lemonade Stand” style in lime.
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