It's only October, and we're already itching to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in at home. But with months of cold weather still in front of us, we've discovered the next best thing: natural, DIY air fresheners, made using just a few fresh ingredients. Some store-bought deodorizers can contain harmful chemicals. So why buy it when you can make your own, risk-free? Here are a few DIY room deodorizers that will transform the scent of your home!

The how is simple. Based on your own favorite scents, choose a combination of spices, herbs, or fruit that most appeals to you, or keep it simple and choose one of the blends below. Once you've selected your ingredients, add them carefully into your chosen vessel, fill with purified water, seal, and store in the refrigerator until ready for use. When you're ready to freshen, add the contents of your vessel to a saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil over the stove, and simmer while your fresh fragrance fills the kitchen and nearby rooms. Keep an eye on your water level, making sure to add more purified water periodically. Once finished, your freshener can be poured back into its glass vessel and stored again in the refrigerator for a week of reuse. If it sounds easy, it's because it is. Check out these great recipes from The Yummy Life Blog:

Scent #1: Oranges, cinnamon & cloves (allspice and anise are optional). This is my favorite, both for it's wonderful aroma and for it's staying power. This scent carries into multiple rooms better, and it can be reheated to scent your rooms for several days.

Scent #2: Lemon, rosemary, & vanilla. A similar scented water is often simmering in Williams-Sonoma stores. It has a lovely freshness to it.  

Scent #3: Lime, thyme, mint & vanilla extract. This combination has such a fresh, pleasant scent. I initially made it without the mint extract, but have found that it really kicks up the aroma.

Scent #4: Orange, ginger (fresh or powdered), and almond extract. This is a sweet, delicious scent. 

Scent # 5: Pine or cedar twigs (or other fragrant twigs), bay leaves, and nutmeg. These scents combine for a complex aroma. If you have whole nutmeg, use a microplane to grate off the outer surface--this will release the scent. Add the whole nutmeg piece along with the gratings.