How To Make Room Spray

How to make room spray with essential oils

March 08, 2023

We all love our homes to smell beautiful and fresh, but commercial room sprays and plug-ins contain so many nasty chemicals - not things you want to be breathing in at all!

Did you know you can quickly and cheaply make your own room sprays that are natural, free from harsh chemicals and can even be tailored to your favourite aromas or needs.

Read on to discover how to make room spray and what you'll need to make your own room spray...

What You'll Need To Make Room Spray

How To Make Room Spray

1. Weigh your ingredients

Room spray ingredients
  • Weigh your water in a jug
  • Put your gloves and safety glasses on
  • Weigh your Geogard Ultra into a separate container
  • Measure your polysorbate 80 and essential oils into a separate jug and mix together

2. Mix your ingredients together

DIY Room spray mixture

  • Add your Geogard Ultra into the water
  • Mix thoroughly with a whisk until it has dissolved. This takes a few minutes.
  • Add your polysorbate 80 and essential oil mixture into the water and mix well until combined.
  • If it foams too much during mixing, leave it for a few hours before bottling.

Your essential oil room spray is now ready to be spritzed around whenever you need!

Which essential oils are best for DIY room sprays?

What Are The Most Popular Essential Oils For Room Sprays?

The beauty of making your own is that you can add any essential oils you like to your DIY room spray! Here are some of our favourites:

  • Lavender essential oil - perfect for the bedroom, lavender will help calm your mind, ease stress and aid a good nights sleep.
  • Lemon essential oil - a great room spray for the kitchen. This fresh scent will help get rid of those lingering smells after cooking.
  • Chamomile essential oil - a sweet, fruity scent with floral tones, this lovely oil is perfect for helping you unwind after a stressful day.
  • Rosemary essential oil - use this one in your office as rosemary helps boost concentration and focus. 

For more inspiration why not take a peek at our handy blogs 'essential oil blends for winter' and 'essential oil notes explained'.

How to make room spray last longer

How Can I Make My Room Spray Last Longer?

Once you've made your room spray you want it to stay fresh and aromatic as long as possible.

Each bottle will last a couple of months, so it's best to make up a small bottle at a time rather than a large bottle.

There are a few things you can do to help your room spray last longer. Try these handy tips:

  • Sterilise your equipment before making your room spray. Use isopropyl alcohol or boiling water.
  • Use a blend of top, middle and base note essential oils to help the scent linger longer
  • Keep it in a cool, dark place when not in use.


How do I make a more natural room spray?

When you're making an essential oil room spray, you need to include a preservative and a solubiliser. These are important for your safety, but they do add non-natural ingredients to your room spray.

We are using Geogard Ultra for the preservative, which is 80% natural. Polysorbate 80 is the solubiliser in this recipe, however it isn't natural.

If you make a room spray without these, it is unsafe.

If you don't include a preservative in your DIY room spray then it bacteria will start to grow in it. Then you'll spray the bacteria around your house with the room spray. Not great...

If you don't include a solubiliser then the essential oils sit on top of the water. Your spray bottle will feed from the bottom, and spray only water at the beginning. It won't smell of anything.

At the end, your homemade room spray will be pure essential oil. If you spray this around your house it isn't very safe.

Trying to make a room spray with witch hazel and essential oils

Can I make room spray with just witch hazel, water and essential oils?

Essential oils don't mix with witch hazel, so you'll get essential oils floating on the top. At the beginning you'll just be spraying witch hazel around your house, and at the end it will be pure essential oil.

That's not particularly useful or safe.

These types of DIY room spray also don't include a preservative, which means bacteria will start to grow in your homemade room spray. The alcohol content isn't high enough to stop bacteria growing.

These types of homemade room spray recipes simply aren't safe.

Final thoughts

Homemade room sprays are easy to make, and they're a wonderful way to freshen up your house.

Don't be tempted by other recipes that don't include a preservative or a solubiliser, they're not safe.

Experiment with your favourite scents and create your own!

As always with essential oils, be mindful around children and pets.

Continue reading

Now that you've learned how to make DIY room spray, why not learn how to use essential oils in other ways?

We hope you enjoy our room spray recipe! Comment below and let us know which essential oils you used.


Sonia Gaynor

Sonia Gaynor said:

Thank you very much for the room spray recipes. Looking forward to trying out different blends somthing that i can add to my home and Body Naturals collection also. As my saying gos.

Nothing But The Soapery For Me… !


Roe said:

Could you use the same recipe to refill a reed diffuser?

Charlie Lawrence

Charlie Lawrence said:

Does the ‘it’ before bacteria need to be there? Just an observation
If you don’t include a preservative in your DIY room spray then it bacteria will start to grow in it

Andy Knowles

Andy Knowles said:

Hi Charlie,

Thanks for pointing that out, I’ve amended it now.


Andy Knowles

Andy Knowles said:

Hi Roe,
Thanks for your question. I don’t think it would work well in a reed diffuser, you normally need something that evaporates quite easily. I would try either isopropyl alcohol or augeo reed diffuser base blended with an essential oil of your choice.
Kind regards

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