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How to Make a DIY Car Air Freshener

Car Air Freshener

Let’s face it. That new car smell doesn’t last forever. Odors happen. You can clean your car diligently, but that doesn’t guarantee there won’t be a lingering aroma from the pizza and garlic knots you brought home for dinner last night. The last thing you need to deal with during your Chicago commute is a pungent reminder of your last car trip with the dog. Have you considered making your own DIY car air freshener? It’s easy! Just follow the simple instructions below for making a DIY air freshener.

Instructions for Making Your Own DIY Air Freshener

There are several types of DIY car air freshener you can make. We’ve put together instructions for three types that can be made mostly from items most Carol Stream drivers have lying around their houses. But you may need to pick up a clay disc, some felt, or a mason jar, depending on which type of air freshener you would like to make.

Felt and Herbs DIY Car Air Freshener You will need:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thread and needle
  • String
  • Herbs


  1. Cut two pieces of felt so that they are the same size and shape.
  2. Sew the felt pieces together on three sides, leaving an opening to place the herbs.
  3. Place the herbs inside.
  4. Sew the open end of the felt baggie closed.
  5. Punch a hole through one end of the baggie.
  6. Place the string through the hole and tie the end.
  7. Hang your new DIY air freshener on your rearview mirror or air vent.

Essential Oil and Clay DIY Air Freshener You will need:

  • Clay disc
  • Essential oils


  1. Rub your favorite essential oils onto the clay disc.
  2. Let the oils soak until dry.
  3. Put the disc in a central spot in your car.

Mason Jar DIY Car Air Fresheners You will need:

  • Small mason jar
  • Cardboard
  • Nail
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils


  1. Open the mason jar.
  2. Trace a circle on the cardboard using the metal lid.
  3. Cut out the circle.
  4. Poke holes into the cardboard with the nail.
  5. Fill the jar halfway with baking soda.
  6. Add drops of your favorite essential oils.
  7. Place the cardboard circle on the mouth of the jar.
  8. Secure the cardboard on the jar with the metal circle.

Check Out Our Website for More Tips and Tricks

We’re here to help at Sunrise Chevrolet of Glendale Heights. So, if you enjoyed this handy guide, make sure to check out our other tips and tricks like our guides on how to winterize your car and when to change out your cabin air filter. And our service center technicians are ready and able to assist you with any other service or maintenance needs you have. We’re just down the road from Addison, so drop by garage whenever you need a hand! Don’t forget to explore our service specials.

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