This natural room spray guide is going to be your go-to whenever you need to make a room spray. I love it since it’s easily customizable for the time of year, season, and room in your house or the person you are gifting it to. Also, it’s super simple, easy, and requires only a few ingredients. Who else gets excited about an easy DIY recipe? Yeah, me too!
Basics of making a natural room spray
Making a natural room spray has only a few components. Water, an emulsifier, and essential oils are the only ingredients you need. The water and essential oils do not combine naturally, so the emulsifier will help combine them together. Lastly, you will need a glass spray bottle to put your room spray in.
Distilled water vs Boiled tap water
It is best to use distilled water, which has all impurities removed including microorganisms and mineral salts. This water goes through a distillation process that usually takes hours, so I would suggest you buy this from the store. If that’s not an option, then you can also use boiled tap water that has been cooled. The boiled tap water no longer has microorganisms in it, but still contains mineral salts. Personally, I use boiled tap water most of the time.
Different types of emulsifiers for room sprays
If you have ever added an essential oil to water, you would notice that the oil usually sits at the top of the water. They don’t naturally combine. Emulsifiers are needed for the water to mix better with the essential oils. Here are a few options for your natural room spray:
Clear, high-proof alcohol is ideal for this recipe. It is colorless, doesn’t have a strong scent, and works well to mix essential oils and water for a longer period of time. I would recommend using Vodka or Everclear when making room sprays.
Castile soap is a great emulsifier in so many recipes with essential oils. The only issue with this recipe is that we don’t actually want anything soapy or clean. If you have this on hand, I would suggest using a small amount to start. Adding 1/4 of a teaspoon might be enough.
Lots of room spray recipes include witch hazel as a way to mix essential oils and water. While it does work in the short term, the witch hazel doesn’t keep the combination of water and essential oils together for that long. If you are going to use witch hazel, I would suggest you also add in a small amount of castile soap as well.
When making my room sprays, I like using high-proof vodka. I find that it works best to combine the ingredients and doesn’t affect the scent of the natural room spray.
Making the room spray
To make the room spray, you’ll want to get all of your supplies ready. Gather your 2oz or 4oz glass spray bottle, distilled or boiled water (cooled to room temperature, emulsifier of choice (high-proof vodka), and essential oils. I like these glass spray bottles from Amazon. If you want more bottles, then go with these spray bottles.
First, add the water to the glass spray bottle. I usually fill my 2oz bottle with 1 1/2oz of boiled water.
Secondly, add 1/2oz of high-proof vodka to the glass spray bottle.
Lastly, add your essential oils to give your room spray a natural scent. For the 2oz size bottle, I usually add between 12-15 drops of essential oils. For the 4oz size bottle, I would suggest between 20-30 drops of essential oils. Although, you can start with a smaller amount and add more if needed.
Once all of the ingredients are added, you can screw on the spray nozzle and shake to mix. Each time you use the natural room spray, you will want to shake it before using it to ensure the ingredients are mixed well.
This last step is completely optional, but I like to add some string or twine to my glass spray bottles to make them look a little more festive for the season. Other people also enjoy adding their own label stickers to the room spray as well. Regardless of how you decorate, they are perfect for gifting to friends and family as well. Feel free to make the design your own!
natural room spray
- 1 glass measuring cup
- 1 small funnel optional
- Fill up your 2oz glass spray bottle with 1 1/2oz of boiled water (or distilled water).
- Add the 1/2oz of high proof vodka to the glass spray bottle.
- Add 12-15 drops of essential oils to give your room spray a natural scent. As always, you can start with a smaller amount and add more if needed.
- Screw on the spray nozzle and shake to mix.
- Each time you use the natural room spray, you will want to shake before using to ensure the ingredients are mixed well.
Natural room spray blends and recipes
My room spray blends will change based on the time of year and where it’s going in my home. Here are some of my favorite seasonal and classic room spray recipes.
pumpkin pie spice
- 3 drops cinnamon bark
- 3 drops clove
- 3 drops orange
- 2 drops nutmeg
- 3 drops cinnamon bark
- 2 drops clove
- 2 drops orange
- 2 drops lemon
- 10 drops christmas spirit
- 5 drops orange
cold winter nights
- 5 drops northern lights black spruce
- 4 drops vanilla
- 3 drops orange
- 10 drops stress away
- 5 drops orange
- 8 drops lushious lemon
- 5 drops rosemary
- 4 drops grapefruit
- 4 drops orange
- 2 drops ylang ylang
- 2 drops cardamom
- 4 drops peppermint
- 2 drops lime
- 2 drops lemon
- 3 drops grapefruit
Make sure to check out my DIY Room Spray using Anthro Blends blog post where we recreate your favorite anthropology scents! Recipes include Capri Blue Volcano for spring and summer scents and Anthro Autumn for all the fall vibes, plus a free printable label!
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Why make a natural room spray?
The simple answer is that it’s easy, saves you money, and avoids the harmful ingredients in most room sprays you would buy from the store. Room sprays may vary in price when you buy them from the store, anywhere between $4-$15. Making your own natural room spray will cost about $1-3, all while using good quality ingredients.
Most room sprays are made with synthetic fragrance, which is a known endocrine or hormone disruptor. Fragrances can cause respiratory issues in some people, especially those with respiratory or skin conditions like asthma, allergies, or eczema.
Using essential oils is a great natural choice since they are derived from the plant itself. When buying essential oils, make sure you are buying 100% essential oils from a reputable company. There are lots of companies selling diluted essential oils or marketing something as an essential oil when it’s not. Here are the essential oils that I use in my home.
How long will my diy room spray last?
This homemade room spray will last around 3 months. Keep in mind that we aren’t using any preservatives in this recipe, so it will not last as long for that reason. The good thing is that you will probably want to change out your natural room spray after three months anyway, at least if you are anything like me!
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