How to Make Car Air Fresheners from Scratch

Natural car air freshener

If you spend a lot of time in your car, you’ll understand the importance of creating a comfortable and relaxing cabin. This applies to the scent as well. One of the easiest ways to feel more at home inside your new Nissan is to make a DIY car air freshener. You can use materials like clay discs, jars, felt, herbs, and oil to create a DIY car air freshener that smells great. Need help to do this? Start at Nissan of Durango. We’ve created a guide with materials and instructions to help you get started.

Clay Disc & Essential Oil Air Fresheners

You can find clay discs online or at a Farmington or Cortez craft store. There you can also find a variety of essential oils for you to find the right scents you’d like in your vehicle to keep it smelling fresh.

Items You Need:

  • Clay disc
  • Your favorite essential oils


  1. Rub a generous amount of essential oils onto the clay disc.
  2. Let the oils soak for a while, then place the disc in your car.

Felt and Herbs Car Fresheners

Why purchase a lemongrass or lavender scented air freshener when you can make one using fresh herbs? Worried about the scent dissipating quickly? Just crumple the felt bag in your hands every so often to revitalize the sent.

Items You Need:

  • Felt in any color you like
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thread and needle
  • String
  • Your favorite herbs


  1. Cut out two pieces of felt. Make sure the sizes and shapes are identical.
  2. Sew the felt pieces together, creating a baggie for the herbs.
  3. Place the herbs inside and sew the top closed.
  4. Punch a hole into the top.
  5. Put the string through the hole and tie the two end-pieces.
  6. Hang your new air freshener on your rearview mirror or air vent.

Mason Jar Air Fresheners

If you’re looking for a more discreet air freshener, we recommend making a mason jar air freshener. This can be stowed away under the passenger seat, in a rear or front cupholder, and in other compartments.

Items You Need:

  • Small mason jar
  • Cardboard
  • Nail
  • Baking soda
  • Your favorite essential oils


  1. Remove the lid from the mason jar.
  2. Use the metal lid to trace a circle on the cardboard, then cut out the circle.
  3. Use the nail to poke holes into the cardboard.
  4. Fill the jar halfway with baking soda.
  5. Add drops of essential oils.
  6. Replace the metal ring with the cardboard circle you just cut out. Secure the circle with the metal ring. Save the metal circle for later.

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