Friday, June 17, 2011

Not New Car Smell, But Almost As Good

Have you ever run across a home fragrance that smells so good you wish it came in a car scent? Ok, I don't think this is a common problem, but I have. 

Solution: Make your own car freshener. This also solves my problem of what to do with the cute, empty, glass spice bottles I accumulate and the extra felt from making iPad sleeves. Probably also not common problems.

Start with this:
Any glass jar with the strainer lid will do. Wash the jar well, and let it air out for about a week if you had a strong spice in it, like oregano. Also, be sure to wash the plastic strainer and air it out because plastic absorbs a lot of smells.

Peel off the labels:
The label should come off easily with warm soapy water if you are using a jar with a paper label. The plastic label is even easier to peel off. Just pull slowly so you don't get the glue to separate from the label and stay on the jar. If you are still having a hard time, soak in warm soapy water, or use Goo Gone or Undo. 

Cut strips of felt to the width of the jar:
Just eyeball it. Easiest with a rotary cutter, but we don't need perfect. These strips will be folded and stuffed into the jar. 

Get your fragrance oil ready:
Love this scent, it's light and fresh.

Supplies and process:
You should use a skewer to manipulate the folded strip to the bottom and the stay flat. After each strip, add just enough fragrance oil to soak the strip. Repeat for each.

You can make your own label however you like!
It took 1 minute to make the label, just cut out the yellow paper, run it through my mini xyron and stick it on. The writing is from a label maker. (From start to finish 20 minutes with pictures, it'll definitely be faster if you're not staging photos!)


Enterprise Used Cars says:
at: November 21, 2011 at 12:49 AM said...

I like your scent because it's natural. The "new car" smell is actually glue and often times chemicals that aren't even healthy for you.

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