DIY room sprays are a lovely way to make your home smell like summer. And with essential oils in the mix, you can get aromatherapy benefits every time you spritz!
The recipe for DIY room spray is below, but first, what essential oils should you include in your summer room spray?
Recipe combos are almost endless when it comes to making your own room sprays. Here are a few summer-inspired pairings to get you started.
Lavender + Lemon + Rosemary – Clean and calming, and might inspire dreams of galavanting through the French countryside. Perfect for lazy summer weekends. Suggested ratios: 15 drops lavender, 10 drops rosemary, and 5 drops lemon.
Orange + Peppermint – Simple and oh so fresh! This is an energizing and festive combination for fun and productive summer days! Diffuse during summer parties or when tackling fun summer projects! Suggested ratios: 15 drops orange, 15 drops peppermint
Eucalyptus + Lemongrass – Summer of spa days? Here we come! Don’t forget self-care days this summer. This combination is invigorating and soothing to the senses. Suggested ratios: 20 drops eucalyptus, 10 drops lemongrass
Cedarwood + Lemon + Orange – Earthy and bright! This combination is grounding and energizing at the same time – so you can be fully present in summer! Suggested ratios: 15 drops cedarwood, 10 drops orange, 5 drops lemon
Oregano + Rosemary + Lavender – Herbaceous and peaceful, these botanicals help you relax your mind and body. And they will bring some serious garden vibes inside! Suggested ratios: 10 drops oregano, 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops lavender
How to Make Your DIY Room Spray with Essential Oils
Pick an essential oil combination (or three) or create your own! Now it’s time to make your summer room spray. If you feel like making a bigger batch, just increase the amounts! Homemade room sprays make wonderful gifts and you might want a few different scents on hand depending on your mood.
- 4 oz. glass spray bottle (this recipe is for a 4 oz. bottle, but you can adjust amounts if you’re trying to reuse a different size bottle)
- 2 oz. (4 Tbsp.) water – distilled is best
- 1 oz. (2 Tbsp.) alcohol (such as unflavored vodka) or witch hazel. You can also use perfumers alcohol, although it can be a bit harder to find. Do not use isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol as they can cause headaches when inhaled for prolonged periods.
- 30 drops essential oils of your choice
Pour all the ingredients into the glass spray bottle and shake well to mix. Your DIY essential oil room spray is ready to use!
Shake well before each use. DIY room sprays generally have a shelf life of about 6 months if they don’t contain citrus essential oils and 3-4 months if they do contain citrus. The best way to keep your room spray fresh is to keep it in an airtight container and store it away from heat and sunlight.
A few notes of caution:
- Avoid spraying your room spray directly on furniture, wood, curtains, carpets, rugs, or anything else that might be damaged or discolored by water or alcohol. And remember, alcohol is flammable so don’t spray near an open flame – such as a candle or gas stove.
- Baby safety: In general, it’s advisable to not use room sprays in babies’ rooms or areas where they are sleeping. Room sprays and fragrances can be irritating to little ones.
- Pet safety: Remember that animals are much more sensitive to smells than people.
Alcohol can be especially dangerous for pets to inhale. If you have pets in your home (including fish and reptiles) consider using witch hazel in your DIY room spray instead of alcohol. Also, be aware that some essential oils are toxic to dogs and cats. Make sure to use pet-safe essential oils or only spray your room spray in areas that are off-limits to your pets.