Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener
You can make your own gel air fresheners, using liquid potpourri, or from scratch.
For one version, you will need:
- 2 cups of distilled water
- Essential oil / fragrance of your choice.
- 4 packages of Knox gelatin
- Food coloring (optional)
Heat 1 cup of water almost to a boil. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat add another cup of distilled water, 10-20 drops of oil/fragrance, and food coloring if desired. You can place the jars in the refrigerator if you need them to set more quickly, but be aware that the smell will permeate the fridge. To use, place the jar on the stovetop (not directly on the burner!) while cooking, heat in a potpourri burner, or simply set out on a table and enjoy the aroma.
For the next version, you will need:
- 1 c. concentrated liquid potpourri
- 2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
- Empty jar
I have made my own gel fresheners by using the concentrated liquid potpourri (1 cup) instead of water and essential oils. I buy this at my at the local "dollar" store so the investment is small – and I don’t have any problems with mold growing. Heat potpourri until almost to a boil. Remove from heat and add 2 envelopes of gelatin. Stir to dissolve gelatin and pour into clean decorative jar. Place piece of plastic wrap over jar and secure with rubber band. Either place in refrigerator for quick set or leave out overnight on counter. Cover with piece of starched "lace" and wrap with ribbon to decorate. Before using, remove plastic wrap and recover jar with lace cover.
Tips: Having a problem with mold? Adding 2 tablespoons of salt to the mixture to inhibit the growth of mold. Or add a splash of vodka.
Note: This is not the same as Gel candles!!
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