Odor Neutralizing Spray DIY with Just 2 Ingredients!
This DIY odor neutralizing spray tackles tough odors your pets – and teenage boys – leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells.
As the picture above suggests, I am indeed a dachshund owner. Or rather a dachshund companion. Because anyone who’s ever owned a dachshund knows that these stubborn little darlings always have their so called “owners” wrapped around their chubby little paws.
Now that my own (human) son is in the midst of applying to grad school for a PhD in clinical psychology, my dachshund Jasper is my baby boy. And while he’s actually considered elderly at the ripe “old” age of nine, he is quite stuck with me until his end of days. After all, there’s no going off to college for this darling little creature.
Seeing as how Jasper has no recourse other than to simply put up with me, he manages to let me know when he’s not pleased. Meaning he gets stressed or put out and he lets off a funk. Literally this funk smell comes and goes based on his mood. And then, of course, there’s what my friend Bambi and I refer to as “fish butt.” Yeah. No kidding. So you can imagine the not so fresh smells he can leave behind.
Regular air fresheners of course only mask the odors, leaving them to come back once the air freshener has fully dissipated. So to tackle Jasper’s awnry odor production, I turn to an odor neutralizing spray.
Rather than shell out money for similar commercial products, I decided to make my own DIY odor neutralizing spray. Similar to Febreze, my own concoction neutralizes tough odors and freshens the room with a fragrance. However, because I use witch hazel as a base for my odor neutralizing spray, it also has the added benefit of sanitizing surfaces.
Ready to make your house smell amazing? Following you’ll find the recipe for making an easy 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray using an odor eliminating fragrance oil. However, if you prefer making natural products instead, I do share a natural essential oil substitute that you can use in place of the fragrance oil.
Odor Neutralizing Spray Recipe
16 oz. T. N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel
1 oz. odor eliminator fragrance oil
Combine the witch hazel and the odor eliminator fragrance oil in a 16 oz. container. (I used my favorite Grove Co. spray bottle.) Then simply shake to mix and spray as desired to tackle tough odors in the air and on linens.
For an all natural odor neutralizing spray, substitute the fragrance oil with .4 oz. Spark Naturals Refresh Cleansing Blend Essential Oil. You can also empty a few capsules of shelf stable probiotics into your odor neutralizing spray for extra odor eliminating power if desired.
If you like my odor neutralizing spray DIY, then you may also want to try making my odor neutralizing candles. Made from a combination of soy wax and beeswax, these DIY odor neutralizing candles neutralize odors in the air as they burn. Learn to make them here.
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March 7, 2018 at 10:39 am
Wow, it’s like you were reading my mind! I have a Chiweenie, and her “stinky smells” sound exactly the same, especially fish butt!! It doesn’t matter what she does or doesn’t eat, and sometimes it even smells like she ate a dead animal….so gross!! I will be making this TODAY!! Does the brand of witch hazel matter? And can it be sprayed on sofas and carpet?
Thank you so much!!
Rebecca D. Dillon
March 7, 2018 at 10:48 am
The witch hazel I used has a low amount of alcohol. You can likely use any brand as long as it’s 100% witch hazel extract and doesn’t have extra stuff added to it. I didn’t have any issues with staining and I did use this on linens, curtains, couches etc. but I’d test it first on maybe the back of a fabric to be sure as some fabrics are fussier than others. And you’re welcome!
April 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm
I have a rescue dash who’s 9ish, she does that also! I also have a 5 pound Chihuahua and a 60ish pound blue tick coon hound. Yes my house abounds with glorious smells. I’ll be trying this also!
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