Holiday gift idea: How to make your own gel air fresheners

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- These air fresheners make great gifts from kids to teachers, to the neighbors, stocking stuffers and just because. They are super simple to make and the kids can actually help.

Pull out your imagination and let that be your guide. I am giving you the basics.

  • 1 cup of bottled or distilled water heated to boiling
  • Stir in 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (KNOX) until dissolved
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of cold water
  • Add 1 - 2 Tablespoons salt or a good splash of vodka (to naturally inhibit mold growth)
  • Add 15 -30 drops of your favorite essential oil or any other concentrated fragrance. You can use as much or a little as you like. Just remember when it cools the scent will not be as strong as when you put it in the hot liquid.

At this point you can be creative and add food coloring if you like.

Pour the gel into clean small jars such as small jelly containers, baby food jars or any decorative container with or without a lid. Use your imagination.

I added some colored marbles to one of my jars and add green food coloring for another that was scented pine.

You can also make layered ones by allowing one color to set and then adding another. The gel will set at room temperature. You can place them in the refrigerator to set up faster, but they will scent it!

Decorate your jars as you wish and enjoy.

If giving as gifts I would use containers with lids or wrap the open containers in plastic wrap to keep them from evaporating until ready for use.

There are no chemicals in these so they are much safer than the ones you buy at the store. The cost per 2 cups of gel is less than $1.15.

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