How to Make Car Air Fresheners from Scratch

November 1st, 2018 by

Closeup of essential oils

Do you spend a lot of time inside your car? If so, you understand the importance of creating a comfortable and relaxing cabin. One of the easiest ways to feel more at home inside your new MINI is to make a DIY car air freshener. Using materials like clay discs, jars, felt, herbs, and oil, you can create affordable car air fresheners that smell fantastic. MINI of Santa Monica has put together a short how-to for some of our favorite ideas!

Clay Disc & Essential Oil Air Fresheners

Clay discs can be found online or at craft stores around Los Angeles and Culver City. They hold essential oils well and can keep your car smelling fresh for weeks.

Items You Need:

  • Clay Disc
  • Your favorite essential oils


  1. Rub a generous amount of essential oils onto the clay disc.
  2. Let the oils soak for a while, then place the disc in your car.

Felt & Herbs Car Fresheners

Why purchase a lemongrass or lavender scented air freshener when you can make one using fresh herbs? Just crumple the felt bag in your hands every so often to revitalize the scent.

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. Make sure the sizes and shapes are identical.
  • Sew the felt pieces together, creating 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

Don’t want your air freshener to be visible? Mason jar air fresheners are excellent for odor elimination and can be stowed away under the passenger seat or in a rear cup holder.

Items You Need:

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


  1. Remove the lid from the mason jar.
  2. Use the metal lid to trace a circle on the cardboard, then cut out the circle.
  3. Use the nail to poke holes into the cardboard.
  4. Fill the jar halfway with baking soda.
  5. Add drops of essential oils.
  6. Replace the metal ring with the cardboard circle you just cut out. Secure the circle with the metal ring. Save the metal circle for later.

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