I talked about how I don’t use store-bought air freshener.  I know there are plenty of earth-friendly solutions out there that I can buy at the store but you know that I’d rather make it, than buy it. I started whole-out crazy making all my cleaning products at one (unemployed and childless) stint and have dialed back a bit.


Here’s what you need:

Step 1: Go to the most bogus liquor store in your area (my preference locally is the one on the Pennington Circle) and ask the store clerk for their most “undrinkable” vodka. This will always be the cheapest. And, if you are anything like me, if you’re buying in such huge quantity, you need to buy something you would NEVER dream of drinking. I went for “BK” vodka.

IMG_1409Step 2: Pour vodka into the spray bottles about 3/4 of the way up. Fill the rest with water.

Step 3: Put essential oils in the vodka/water. I use about 30 drops of peppermint, 10 of lavender and 10 of rosemary. Play around with it.

(Step 4): Spray anything — the air, your couch, your kids, your kid’s coat. Just not your kid’s face. Because this spray is predominantly alcohol, it evaporates quickly making it appropriate and non-stain producing on fabrics. Of course if you have anything really valuable, test the spray on a spot you don’t care about before you spray the whole thing.

Enjoy and breathe easy.

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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