Making Your Own Car Air Freshener

Sunny day in car

We’ve all been there. You sit down into your car with a passenger who’s sitting down for the first time and they start sniffing and all they can smell is spilled food from the kids, months of dirt (is that pollen from last year as well stuck in the carpets?), and all sorts of other minor smells. It’s no one’s fault really; life happens! But you don’t have to suffer in silence any longer by replacing those unpleasant smells with your own homemade car air fresheners. Creating a DIY air freshener is one of the easiest ways to make a newly purchased used car feeling like home, and Ryan Family Dealerships is here to help you learn more!

Option 1: Organza Bag Car Freshener

For your an easy first option, and you can make these for yourself or others as personalized gifts. What you’re going to need is:

  • Organza Bags (the clear fabric bags you can find in wedding or baby sections of local dollar stores)
  • ¼ a cup of any brand of plain rice
  • Your favorite essential oil scents

And that’s it! Just add a few drops of essential oils to the rice, which absorbs and holds even the smallest bit of liquid, and then enjoy those fresh scents. If you’re making these bags as gifts for people that live outside of town, perhaps try to recreate your favorite scent around Minot.

Option 2: Felt Herb Car Freshener

This next option is a little more complicated, but you can really get the most out of it by shopping local farmer markets around Bismarck for fresh herbs.

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Needle and thread
  • Yarn, ribbon, or string
  • Your favorite herbs

This is a little more complicated, but all you need to do is cut the felt into two identical pieces. After that you sew the two pieces of felt together, leaving an opening large enough for you to put your herbs in (you can’t go wrong with fresh mint and lavender), then sew it shut. Use the hole punch to give you an opening to put your string through, and then hang it up. You can also easily swap these out for seasonal mixes in fun shapes.

Option 3: Wood Car Freshener

This next one can be done either quick way, or the more fun way though still easy, it all depends on what you’re feeling for your DIY air freshener.


  • Clothes Pin
  • Essential Oils of your choice

That’s it! A few drops of essential oil onto the clothing pin, and then simply put the pin on one of the air vents and you’ll have a quick and easy air freshener.

But let’s go for the more fun way:

  • Unfinished wood shapes (can be found at any craft stores)
  • String, ribbon, or yarn
  • Essential oils

This one you can have even more fun with by setting up seasonal scents using your essential oils and the wood shapes. Get a rose shape for spring, a snowflake for the winter months, maybe a pumpkin for fall or halloween. Simply make a loop using the string around the wood shape, put your blend of essential oils on, and hang it up and you’ve got a cute DIY air freshener.

You Can Get More Car Tips From Ryan Family Dealerships

Whether you’re in the Williston or the Minot area, you can find plenty of useful tips from Ryan Family Dealerships. From car buying tips to service tips, you’ll be driving away in a fresh smelling, well maintained, and comfortable car.

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