Beach Scented Air Fresheners

Scents of summer homemade air fresheners
Scents of summer

June has finally arrived and with it all of its summertime scents. There’s the delicious aroma coming from barbeques and cookouts, and the familiar smells of fresh cut grass, chlorine from pools, and most of all the familiar summertime scent of sunscreen.

My kids love the smell of sunscreen. The moment they smell it, they can’t stop talking about going to our local pool, to the beach or to the park for summer picnics and bike rides. So, I thought it would be fun this summer to find a way to put the scent of summer throughout the house by using their favorite sunscreen as an air freshener!

Last fall I made several homemade air fresheners using baking soda and essential oils. My favorite essential oils are lavender and peppermint because they provide such a clean and fresh fragrance to any room. But now for summer I’ve added sunscreen instead of the essential oils. Here’s how I did it:


6 Spice jars (I ordered these from

Baking soda

Spray-on sunscreen (I used a Target brand)

Labels (I used Avery brand for my inkjet printer)

Yarn, string or ribbon to decorate (I used loose woven yarn in a sandy color)


Paper plate


Put about a 1/2 cup of baking soda on a paper plate. Spray sunscreen directly on the baking soda and then stir it with a spoon. Fold the plate in half so that it forms a funnel for pouring the powder into the jars. Repeat for each jar. Then cover each jar with the lids that have holes. Save the lid covers that came with the jars and put them in a safe place for using another time. Add labels to each jar so family and guests know what is in them! Then decorate each jar with yarn, ribbon, or string. Place your new “beach” scented air fresheners on shelves and tables throughout your house!

"Beach" Scented Air Fresheners!
“Beach” Scented Air Fresheners!

I hope you decide to try these fun homemade air fresheners for your house this summer:)


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36 thoughts on “Beach Scented Air Fresheners

  1. I never knew you could make homemade air fresheners with just baking soda and some oils, or in this case, sunscreen! I’ll have to give this a try, thanks!

    1. It’s kind of like when you put a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors, except with an added scent. I just put another one in my garage the other day. It’s working great 🙂

  2. This is such a great idea! I am definitely interested in making this for my house. These will make the cutest gifts for friends too. Thanks for sharing!

      1. My pleasure, you’ve got a lovely blog! Oh also, thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog post, for some reason I cannot reply to you on my site. However, feel free to use my graphic for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award if you like! 🙂

        Happy blogging!


  3. Love the air fresheners diy, I’m going to have to do this. My kids also love the smell of summer, and I imagine this would be a great smell to add to the bathrooms.

  4. Such a great idea!! I’ll have to try this, getting tired of my glade plugin’s.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I never knew you can make air fresheners for baking soda! I have to try these, I even have some of the items already. Imma have to try this before I go to the beach!


    1. The scent is strong the first week or so and tapers off, but the baking soda still does a good job of capturing odors. It depends on how much of the oils or sunscreen I add. I update them about once a month. The holes at the top are just there as air vents. I don’t sprinkle them, although that might be a good idea for carpets and fabric and then vacuuming. That actually sounds like a pretty good idea 🙂

  6. Wow I learn something new everyday! I didn’t know that baking soda could be used to make air freshener. Great idea!

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