Make This 3-Ingredient Room Spray To Boost Your Mood In Seconds

All you need are vodka, essential oils, and water to beat back the winter blues.

January 18, 2017
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While you may be doing your best to embrace the winter weather, the lack of open windows, and thus free-flowing fresh air into our homes, is enough to leave even the happy-go-lucky crowd feeling a bit glum.

Years ago, you may have reached for candles or an air freshener to achieve a few moments of pleasantly scented zen, but now you know too much about the dangers of synthetic fragrances to risk using them in your home (seriously, take a look at these 9 everyday chemicals that could be messing with your fertility).

The solution? A DIY citrus room spray made from essential oils, vodka, and water that you can feel good about spritzing daily, or whenever you want to lift your spirits (citrus has been found to promote a sense of calm and focus, and reduce anxiety) or counter your home’s stale, stagnant air.

In addition to delivering a great natural scent free of synthetic chemicals, this spray helps eliminate bad odors—as opposed to masking them—thanks to vodka’s natural antimicrobial properties. Here’s how to make it.

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Kris Rile
What You'll Need

Chances are that you have most of these in your home already!

Spray bottle (choose a size that suits your needs)
Citrus essential oil (good options include sweet orange, mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit)

Related: 4 Simple Stovetop Scents That Will Make Your Home Smell Amazing

making a room spray
Kris Rile
Combining Your Ingredients

1. Add the water and vodka to the spray bottle in a one-to-one ratio—I used 1 cup of vodka and 1 cup of water because my bottle was fairly large.

2. Give the mixture a good swirl, then add several drops of your essential oil—10 drops seemed to do the trick for my spray, but use more or less depending on your preferences.

3. Swirl all ingredients again to combine, and then spritz around your home as desired.

If citrus isn’t one of your favorite scents, you can use vanilla oil or pure vanilla extract instead; vanilla has similar mood-boosting properties, while delivering all of those warm and cozy vibes we crave this time of year.