Lemon and Rosemary Deodorizer

BY : PUBLISHED : May 27th, 2012 UPDATED: August 5th, 2022

This room deodorizer is a great way to make use of your rosemary bush and to repurpose your leftover lemon peels. I wasn’t sure if this homemade air freshener was the right fit for Plant-Based on a Budget, but since it’s technically a recipe and purely plant-based — why the heck not?

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Lemon Rosemary room spray in a bottle next to sliced lemons.

At some point, I saw something similar on Pinterest and I’m not sure why I didn’t save it, but I was inspired to recreate the mixture after opening the front door to a stinky home (due to compost) after a weekend away. I picked some lemons off the tree and rosemary from my front yard, to whip up this air freshener. Sourcing the ingredients from our yard makes this the cheapest recipe on our blog.

Although saving money is always great, I was most excited that this mixture made my house smell delicious.

Feel free to add some vanilla extract or lavender plant if you prefer those scents, but I kept mine simple and cheap using plants I already had access to in my garden.

Homemade Air Freshener

We love this easy and affordable recipe for homemade air deodorizer! Did you know that most of the air fresheners you find at the store are packed with chemicals that can be harsh in your home, to your family, and to your four-legged friends?

This homemade pet-safe air freshener is the perfect way to replace those common store-bought bottles while using ingredients you already have at home. It's a total win! 

Best Room Deodorizer Scents! 

The beauty of this homemade odor eliminator is that you can choose your favorite scents and use them throughout your home or you can make different ones for each room of the house.

For example, this lemon and rosemary version would be perfect for the kitchen and bathrooms, but you could go with a lavender-based spray for bedrooms since it has great restful sleep properties. 

You could also add fragrant spices that you enjoy to your DIY air freshener. Some cinnamon and vanilla could make a pretty great living room scent, especially during the holidays.

Here are a few ideas for a homemade air freshener with essential oils that you might want to try:

  • Orange & Cinnamon
  • Lemon & Thyme
  • Grapefruit & Basil
  • Peppermint & Rosemary
  • Lavender & Vanilla
  • Peppermint & Vanilla
  • Rose & Sandalwood

Whatever scents you choose, give this homemade air freshener a try and breathe in the freshness! Get creative and let us know which scents you come up with in the comments.

How to Make Homemade Air Freshener

Lemon Rosemary room spray in a bottle next to sliced lemons.

Add the lemon and rosemary to a medium pot, bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and let sit until your house smells awesome.

It's very important to not let the water dry out because burned lemons and rosemary defeat the purpose of this recipe.

Homemade Air Freshener Spray Ideas

There are so many ways to use your fresh-smelling lemon and rosemary air freshener! You can:

  • spritz it around the house
  • add it to a diffuser to make the whole house smell fresh
  • dilute it and use it as a surface cleaner or all-purpose cleaner
  • keep a bottle in your car
  • take some on vacation to combat the musty hotel room smells
  • place one in the half bath for guests

The options are endless, so get creative and enjoy your lovely smelling home!

With just a few easy steps, you can create a refreshing and natural room deodorizer that not only smells amazing, but is also great for your health and the health of your family. So what are you waiting for? Try this homemade air freshener today!

More Lemon-Themed Recipes

Do you have a favorite air freshener recipe? Share it with us in the comments below.

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Lemon Rosemary room spray in a bottle next to sliced lemons.

Lemon and Rosemary Deodorizer

Toni Okamoto
Making a natural lemon and rosemary deodorizer couldn't be easier and budget-friendly! This scent will make your home smell like wonderful!
5 from 46 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course DIY
Cuisine American
Servings 1 bottle
METHOD Stovetop


  • Spray bottle


  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 branches of rosemary
  • 4 cups water


  • Add the lemon and rosemary to a medium pot, bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and let sit until your house smells awesome. It's very important to not let the water dry out because burned lemons and rosemary defeat the purpose of this recipe.


Feel free to add some vanilla extract or lavender plant, I kept mine simple and cheap with plants I already had.
Tried this recipe?Please tag us at @PlantBasedonaBudget! 🙂

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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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Reader Interactions


  1. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Love this all natural and I’m sure smells amazing! Definitely will try!

    • Andrea White says

      It's incredibly fresh and clean!

  2. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Perfect idea! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Andrea White says

      It's a great one for that clean feeling!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    I love, love home recipes like this! I just recently planted rosemary in my garden, so I can't wait to try this. Thank you! Yay, fresh house!

    • Andrea White says

      Awesome!! Let us know how it goes for you 🙂

  4. nancy says

    5 stars
    i made a couple bottles today and my home smells so wonderful now

    • Andrea White says

      Awesome! It's a winner!

  5. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says

    5 stars
    With 2 cats and a compost bin that fills up instantly, this was the perfect way to freshen our house. My mother in law even commented that the house smelled to fresh and clean LOL.

    • Andrea White says

      Love to hear that! It's definitely a big help in our house too!

  6. Katie says

    5 stars
    This works so well! I am a bit obsessed with having a nice smelling house, and I only use natural sprays. They're so expensive at the store I wanted to find a DIY version - this spray is perfect. It works better than the store bought stuff and is super easy to make!

    • Andrea White says

      It's definitely a winner!

  7. Gina Abernathy says

    5 stars
    Wonderful combination of lemons and rosemary. I am always looking for ways to freshen my home.

    • Andrea White says

      This is the one!

  8. Jean says

    5 stars
    now I know what to do with my lemon peels, thanks for this! I use vanilla too.

    • Andrea White says

      I bet the vanilla smells amazing too!

  9. Crystal says

    5 stars
    I love the smell of rosemary so much but never thought to use it as a deodorizer. Thanks so much!

    • Andrea White says

      It's quite refreshing!

  10. Mallory says

    5 stars
    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Andrea White says

      It smells so lovely!

  11. Tina says

    5 stars
    What a great way to repurpose your leftover lemon peels!!

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss! Smells so refreshing and clean!

  12. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    So refreshing!

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