Lemon and Rosemary Deodorizer

BY : PUBLISHED : May 27th, 2012 UPDATED: October 29th, 2021

From the author, Toni Okamoto: I wasn’t sure if this lemon and rosemary deodorizer was appropriate to put on Plant-Based on a Budget, but since it’s technically a recipe and purely plant-based — why the heck not? Plus, it could be a great way to make use of your rosemary bush and to use your leftover lemon peelings.

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 attempt recreating after arriving at a stinky home (due to compost) after a weekend away. I picked some lemons off the tree and rosemary from my front yard, making this my cheapest recipe on our blog. I was also most excited that this mixture made my house smell like deliciousness.

Feel free to add some vanilla extract or lavender plant, I kept mine simple and cheap with plants I already had.

From Plant-Based on a Budget:

We love this easy and affordable recipe for DIY lemon and rosemary deodorizer! Did you know that most of the deodorizers you buy at the store are packed with chemicals that can be harsh in your home? You can save the lemon remains after you've squeezed their juices and use them in this recipe. Also, this deodorizer is the perfect way to replace those common store-bought bottles while using ingredients you already have at home. A total win!

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

Choose Your Favorite Scents!

The beauty of this homemade lemon and rosemary deodorizer is that you can choose your favorite scents or you can make different ones for each room. For example, this lemon and rosemary would be perfect for the kitchen and bathrooms, but you could go with lavender for bedrooms since it has great restful sleep properties.

This homemade deodorizer can last up to 4 to 5 weeks if you store it in your refrigerator, or 3 to 4 if you store it in your cupboard. Tip: One spritz goes a long way!

You could also add spices to your DIY deodorizer. Some cinnamon and vanilla could make a pretty great living room scent. Let us know which scents you come up with!

Recommended equipment:

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 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course DIY
Cuisine American
Servings 1 bottle


  • Spray bottle


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