DIY Air Freshing Spray: Peppermint & Vanilla

I spent a good six hours last week spring cleaning my bathroom from top to bottom. I honestly don't think it's been this clean since we moved in - I scrubbed crevices in our shower that I didn't even realize existed with a tooth brush and some baking soda.

When all was said and done, it didn't feel like it was really complete without a pleasant scent. My mom would always end a cleaning spree with a spray of Lysol in each room. Personally, I'd rather have something a bit more earthy. And less sterile-smelling.

I've already created an essential oil diffuser for my dining room (as well as some stove-top scents for special occasions), but I wanted something I could just spritz around a room.

I use this spray specifically to just spray onto light bulbs, heating vents, the garbage can, and into the toilet bowl. I like that the heat from the light bulb seems to help the scent radiate into the room.

Ready to try it? Here's what you need:

  • a spray bottle
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of water
  • 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil (depends on how strong you like your peppermint scent)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (here's a recipe to make your own)

Combine all ingredients inside spray bottle. Shake well before each use.


  1. Sounds lovely, Peppermint and vanilla are two of my favorite scents. Can't wait to mix up some of this air freshening spray - need to wait till next shopping trip for peppermint essential oil, though. Do you have a link for the recipe for the vanilla extract?

  2. Lynnita, Yes! Here it is:


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