How to Make Car Air Fresheners from Scratch

December 5th, 2018 by

sage essential oil for aromatherapy with sage leaf on wooden background.When you spend a lot of time on the roads in Mattoon, you want your vehicle to have a comfortable cabin. One of the easiest ways to feel more at home inside your new car is to make a DIY car air freshener. Whether you just want a soothing scent or need to refresh due to some lingering odors, there are plenty of easy options you can make yourself. Using materials like clay discs, jars, felt, herbs, and oil, you can create affordable car air fresheners that smell fantastic. Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc has put together a short how-to for some of our favorite ideas!

Clay Disc & Essential Oil Air Fresheners

Clay discs hold essential oils well and can keep your car smelling fresh for weeks at a time. These discs can be easily found online or at craft stores around the Decatur area.

Items You Need:

  • Clay disc
  • Your favorite essential oils


  • Drip several drops of your choice of essential oils onto the clay disc.
  • Let the oils soak for a while, then place the disc in your car.

Felt and Herbs Car Fresheners

There is no need to spend a lot of money on a lemongrass or lavender air freshener when you can make your own out of fresh herbs. If the scent starts to fade, simply crumple the felt to revitalize it

Items You Need:

  • Felt in any color you like
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thread and needle
  • String
  • Your favorite herbs


  • Cut out two pieces of felt into identical sizes and shapes.
  • Sew the felt pieces together, leaving one side open to create a baggie for the herbs.
  • Place the herbs inside and sew the top closed.
  • Punch a hole into the top.
  • Put the string through the hole and tie the two end-pieces.
  • Hang your new air freshener on your rearview mirror or air vent.

Mason Jar Air Fresheners

Are you looking for something more discrete? Mason jar air fresheners can be stowed away under the passenger seat or in a rear cup holder and provide effective odor elimination.

Items You Need:

  • Small mason jar
  • Cardboard
  • Nail
  • Baking soda
  • Your favorite essential oils


  • Remove the lid from the mason jar.
  • Use the metal lid to trace a circle on the cardboard, then cut out the circle.
  • Use the nail to poke holes into the cardboard.
  • Fill the jar halfway with baking soda.
  • Add drops of essential oils.
  • Place the cardboard on top of the jar and secure it by screwing on the metal ring. Save the metal circle for later.

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