For parents with little kids, having flaming candles around is just asking for trouble. I love how candles look and smell, but I don’t like how they attract curious little hands. Enter the gel air freshener! It’s a fun new entry in my arsenal of natural ways to make the house smell amazing.
You can customize your favorite scents, pick pretty pick-me-up colors and even add in fun decorative items, like shells or flowers. Then set them around the house and enjoy (they made my fridge smell especially awesome).
- 1 packet Knox gelatin
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup vodka
- about 15 drops essential oil (aromatherapy grade oils are okay here)
- 1-2 drops food coloring
Bring the water to boil in a small sauce pan. Add gelatin packet and stir until dissolved. Let mixture sit until cooled to room temperature. Then pour into small jar and add vodka, oils and any color or decoration. Stir and refrigerate until set. Seriously, it’s that simple, folks.
Go easy with the food coloring – you only need 1 to 2 drops. For the scent, I used lavender for one and a lemon and Serenity essential oil blend for the other. As the scent fades over the course of a few weeks, you can add a few more drops of oil on top to freshen the scent. And if curious hands aren’t a problem at your house, you can attach a wick at the bottom of the glass or jar before add the gelatin to make a ‘gel candle.’ Light the candle and the scent will get even more intense.