An Uncomplicated Life Blog: DIY Refrigerator Freshener

Monday, May 14, 2018

DIY Refrigerator Freshener

Spring and summer means more fresh fruits and veggies in our fridges... Which can be smelly! Use this do it yourself freshener to keep your fridge smelling clean


It's our last full week of school here in Dallas, and that means summer break is right around the corner! For most people that means a slower pace and lots of vacations, but for me in my current season of life it means a FASTER pace with kids home nonstop - toddler aged kids that need help with everything and regularly scheduled activities and who don't know the meaning of sleeping in, either... Anyway, what it usually means for all of us is an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies are readily available and in season! Which is awesome, but if you've ever left some fresh broccoli sit a tad too long in your veggie drawer, you know how rank that can make your refrigerator (and even your whole kitchen) smell. This is a super simple DIY you can use all spring and summer long to keep your fridge de-stinkified despite it being full of fragrant produce.


There's really two great ways to go about this DIY refrigerator freshener. First, you can get a small mason jar and poke holes in a cute pattern on the top lid to release the ingredients. Or, you can keep the mason jar ring and toss the flat lid part, and sub in a cute piece of fabric. Both work equally well; the fabric is easier if you have some laying around but the cut in design makes this more of a fun arts and crafts style project (perhaps you're looking for something to do with your kids at home, eh?!)


DIY Refrigerator Freshener
- small mason jar
- small piece of square or circle cut fabric OR long sewing needle/small sharp knife to cut design into mason jar lid
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 drop lemon essential oil

Place baking soda in  mason jar. Add the essential oil drops, and shake the jar to evenly distribute the oil amongst the baking soda. I used my hand to cover the top of the jar so that I could vigorously shake the oil into the baking soda. If you're using the fabric, place the center of the fabric over the middle of the mason jar and secure with the screw on ring. If you're using the lid like I did, cut enough holes the top for the baking soda and essential oil to circulate your refrigerator.



Place one or two in your fridge. I did one on the top shelf, and one on the bottom shelf, closest to the produce drawer. Once or twice a week, give the jar(s) a shake to expose new baking soda to the air. This will keep it working longer! Every six weeks or so, empty the baking soda into the trash and start over with fresh soda and fresh essential oil. This would also be great with orange, grapefruit, bergamot, or lime essential oil - or a combo of them! Citrus oils are great for freshening a room and for cleaning.


Check out this spring breeze room freshening spray and DIY garbage disposal cleaners you can make with citrus essential oils too!



Spring and summer is a great time for eating tons of fruits and veggies. Everything is in season and most produce comes down in price because so much of it is grown locally (and the bulk of it from being in season drives down prices, too.) But it can make your refrigerator smell a tad funky. Especially if you let it sit for too long! Use this DIY refrigerator freshener to keep your fridge and kitchen smelling great.

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12 comments:

  1. I never thought of adding EOs to baking soda but that’s pretty genius!

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  2. Great tip! I use the baking soda but didnt think to add essential oils.

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  3. This is brilliant! Do you think doing this with lavender would work for smelly carpet? After washing our carpet, now it smells like dog. Not dog pee or poop. Just dog :( UGH! I already did it once, and it helped, but I was a little over-enthusiastic with the baking soda, and think maybe cutting the top of a mason jar would work better?

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  4. I love this! It will look so much better sitting in my fridge than just a plain old box of baking soda!

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  5. I'll have to give this a try! This is a great idea

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  6. great idea! We could use this and I love that we could try different scents!

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  7. Awesome idea. I really need this sometimes and I like that it's a clean lemon scent.

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  8. Great idea! We always knew that baking soda would keep things fresh, but I love that you added lemon so it smells fresh too!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

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  9. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous idea! All these years I've always used plain ole baking soda. But now I'm so excited about adding in drops of essential oil so my fridge will smell lemony fresh! Yay!!!

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  11. This is such an awesome idea. I usually just do baking soda but this would leave it smelling even better.

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