Less Plastic Challenge Day 18: Multi-Purpose Room Spray

The flowers are fake. I bought them secondhand about 3 years ago, 

The flowers are fake. I bought them secondhand about 3 years ago, 

I use this multi-purpose room spray to freshen the house and more. I also shop secondhand and find a lot of mid-century treasures. These items may have been sitting in a basement until I collected them and often smell a bit musty. For example, I just bought a vintage velvet pillow that I could have gotten dry cleaned; however, I'm not down for all the chemicals used in the dry cleaning process. Throwing the pillow in my washing machine was also not an option. The pillow did have a faint musty odor, but after I sprayed it with my spray and let it dry out in the sun, it was good as new! I use this spray on our rug, couch, shoes, and on our mattress when we air it out. 

Many fabric and air fresheners are packaged in plastic and are filled with toxic chemicals that are dangerous to our health and the enviroment. The alternative is so simple--let's make our own at home! 

Multi-Purpose Room Spray 

Ingredients: Makes 2 oz.

A dark glass spray bottle

2 oz. distilled water

1 teaspoon baking soda

5 drops peppermint essentail oil

5 drops tangerine or sweet orange essential oil

The Steps: 1. Pour the baking soda into a small bowl and add the essential oils. 2. Stir the mixture until the oils are completely incorporated into the baking soda. 3. Add the distilled water and stir until the baking soda mixture has completely dissolved into the water. 4Pour the mixture into a dark glass spray bottle and Voilà! Shake the bottle before each use. This spray keeps 2-3 weeks in my experience which is precisely why I make such a small amount. 

Hot Tip: I make a stronger disinfectant spray with Vodka when I have it. Vodka is not my alcohol of choice for drink, but I use it to make my own vanilla extract and a few other products. I wanted to offer this alcohol-free recipe because it's less expensive to make. 

About the Ingredients:

Baking Soda: Sodium bicarbonate can eliminate musty odors due to its PH- balancing properties. 

Essential Oils: I use peppermint essential oil because of its antibacterial properties and refreshing scent. I like tangerine essential oil because I think it complements the peppermint with a bright and fruity smell. 

Distilled Water: Using distilled water can help prevent bacteria from growing in the spray. Keeping this room spray in the fridge can also prolong its shelf life. 


Essential oils are sensitive to heat and light (which is why they are packaged in dark glass) and will also oxidize if they are continually exposed to the air. I store my essential oils and anything I make with essential oils in a cool dark place, like my bathroom cabinets or under my sink. This prevents them from deteriorating. Citrus essential oils tend to oxidize much faster than others, which is why I keep them in the fridge.