Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY: Create Custom Scented Candles
This odor neutralizing candle DIY will teach you how to make beautifully scented candles that neutralize odors in the air while burning. Learn how to create custom scented candles that neutralize and wipe out odors in your home with this easy candle making tutorial.
Most of us burn candles to give our home a fresh scent or to fill our favorites spaces with fragrances we love. However, often times, we also burn candles to cover up bad odors. Musty smells and even teenage funk can really make your home smell rank. And no one wants that. However, you don’t have to buy candles. You can actually make your own custom candles at home.
These DIY odor neutralizing candles are a great way to craft candles that you’ll love and enjoy. You can also customize them with your scent preference. These odor neutralizing candles are relatively easy to make, and they really do work! I tested mine in the kitchen after my boyfriend made curry. Guess what? No curry smell afterwards!
Use an odor neutralizing candle anywhere in your home that you need to tackle tough odors in such as the kitchen or bathroom. These odor neutralizing candles also make wonderful housewarming gifts as well as DIY wedding favors. You can learn how to make this fun candle making project below.
Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY
© Rebecca D. Dillon
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How to Make Odor Neutralizing Candles:
I purchased my odor neutralizing fragrance oils from Wholesale Supplies Plus. They offer the following odor neutralizing scent options: Mango Berry Tea, Agave Nectar, Island Breeze, Seaside Cotton, Orange Guava and Country Clothesline.
To make your odor neutralizing candles you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out both the soy wax and the beeswax into the glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the waxes in the microwave at 50% power until the wax melts. (Alternately you can melt the wax in a double boiler.) Carefully remove the container of wax from the microwave using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.
Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wick(s) in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.
TIP: If you are using a different size container for your candles, you can learn more about choosing the right size candle wick here.
Next, place the wicks into two metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.
Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the odor neutralizing fragrance oil in the scent you chose and stir it into the melted wax.
Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar.)
For the best scent throw, do not burn your odor neutralizing candles for at least 24 hours.
How to Use Odor Neutralizing Candles
To use your odor neutralizing candles, trim the wick to 1/4″. Place the candle on a heat safe surface where the flame won’t come into contact with any flammable materials. Then light the candle and burn to neutralize odors throughout your home.
If desired you can easily decorate the outside of your candle jars. I used Fragrance Garden Deco Stickers I purchased from pikwahchan on Etsy. These stickers are a 3-D clear, hard plastic that’s also waterproof so they work well on the outside of glass candle jars.
When you’re ready to burn your candle, simply cut the wick to 1/4″ using a wick trimmer, then light with a match or lighter until the flame takes.
If you’re gifting your odor neutralizing candle as a housewarming gift, you may want to consider pairing it with a Wickman Candle Accessory Gift Pack that includes a Wick Trimmer, Wick Dipper and Bell Snuffer.
If you enjoyed this candle making project, you may also like my DIY for creating a leather scented mandle – a man candle with a leather fragrance. You can find that candle making tutorial here. Alternately, you can learn how to make odor neutralizing candles with essential oils here.
Learn More About How to Make Candles
Want to learn about making your own candles? Check out the book, The Candlemaker’s Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles, by Betty Oppenheimer. This book contains illustrated directions, complete source lists, and plenty of practical advice for beginner candlemakers. Get it here.
You can also learn how to make a soy candle kit to give as a homemade gift.