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DIY Fruit Rind Air Fresheners

This little trick that I’m about to introduce you to might just be the simplest and most natural way to get rid of bad odors. Not having a space smell fresh and clean is probably one of my biggest pet peeves. In my room, I constantly have incense or candles burning whenever I’m home to give off a warm and inviting scent. In addition to incense or candles, you can easily make an all natural air freshener with just a few simple ingredients – here’s how!

sea salt

Sea salt is going to do most of the work here since it has the ability to soak up bad odors.

different herbs

You’ll also need:

Fresh citrus fruit (orange, lemon or lime will work)

Fresh herbs or spices



First, choose whatever fruit you are going to use and slice it in half. It’s best to use citrus fruits because their scents are strong and fresh. Remove the inner fruit from the rind by using a knife or spoon, then fill the half up with sea salt. The salt has the ability to release the smell of the citrus while pulling in the unwanted ones.

fresh fruit air fresheners

You can place various herbs and spices in with the sea salt too. I put basil in the orange, mint in the lime, and cloves in the lemon. It’s fun to come up with different scent combinations!

fresh fruit fresheners

To use, place the salt filled rinds in various places where bad smells tend to linger. If you have pets, be sure to place these in a spot that is out of reach for them!

fruit gif

After a few days, replace with a fresh rind and salt – easy at that!

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karina -August 26, 2014, 8:51AM

i love this idea! i’m going to try this, but with essential oils instead of fresh herbs.

Alexandra -August 26, 2014, 1:21PM

So simple – who knew! I love the way these look as well, and had no idea about the uses of sea salt in eliminating odors. I love the photography here and the contrast between the orange and blue.

Warm Regards,

Elizabeth Than -August 27, 2014, 1:58AM

Such do-able idea! Just curious though, does it attracts ants?

Adela -August 27, 2014, 1:37PM

Hey, this is awesome! One question though, can it be regular salt instead? i have pets and this is the perfect natural solution! :)

Stephanie -August 28, 2014, 10:26AM

What a great idea! I usually pair rosemary and vanilla with lemon for a fresh smelling scent, but I never thought to use the rind as a container. Clever!

alyce -August 31, 2014, 9:20AM

This is an great idea!! I’ll definitely try it out!

hazel -September 1, 2014, 8:55PM

Did not know about sea salt as an air freshener. I use lemons and limes a lot in cooking and drink making. Cheap and easy way to make air fresheners considering I already buy all of this stuff and have it on hand.

Bec -September 15, 2014, 4:16AM

How amazing! They look beautiful too. x

Shannon -November 11, 2014, 9:29PM

I gave this a shot and unfortunately within the same day, the salt softened the rind, causing it to leak in a big salty citrus-puddle all over my counter. Any idea what went wrong here? There were no holes or cracks in the rind “cup”. Do you ever line the interior of the rind with oil perhaps to prevent the salt from rapidly breaking down the citrus rind?

Ella -November 16, 2014, 7:03AM

This looks interesting to try. I love fresh citrus smell.

Hayree -January 25, 2015, 10:58AM

I like the idea, nice work, fresh and strong.

SusanF - ofeverymoment -July 10, 2015, 11:16AM

I found this post in the “19 DIY Air Fresheners” roundup post on Brit+Co, and I shared the link on my blog I’m dealing with some nasty laundry (my son just returned from a month-long wilderness backpacking trip!) so I already one of these (basil and clementine!) A photo of my creation is in my post. Thanks – and have a fragrant day! ;)

Andrew -December 30, 2015, 6:25PM

Fruit Rind Air Fresheners wow I didnt even know that was possible Ive saved this page and will be def trying this great DYI later with the kids. 5 stars!

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Gina Maylone -February 29, 2016, 9:07AM

I tried this with fresh lemons and rosemary (and sea salt) and there is no fragrance at all.

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