Essential Oil Deodorizing Pads {use to freshen trash cans, closets, drawers, shoes, and more}

I love my home and my family.  But with a teenager, a dog, and a husband in the house it doesn’t always smell great.

I’ve tried commercial deodorizers to cover up the occasional stink, tried scented garbage bags to cover up the smell in the kitchen, but it just made the house smell like chemicals.

Once again, essential oils came to the rescue.

Taking a pack of self-stick adhesive felt pads, and adding a few drops of essential oils to them, I now have all-natural, non-toxic,  essential oil deodorizers I can use all over the house!

In minutes I can make an assortment of deodorizers to place all over the house: shoe bins, trash cans, closets, drawers, anywhere a foul smell can happen.



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How to use felt pads and essential oils to freshen and combat odors


step 1:  gather supplies

  1. self-stick adhesive felt pads like these
  2. essential oils — You can just use one essential oil or a blend of several essential oils.  Some suggested recipes are given in the next step.


circular felt pads next to essential oil bottles, supplies for making essential oil deodorizing pads



step 2:  add 3-5 drops of essential oil to each felt pad

Here are some essential oils and blends you might want to try.  Feel free to customize with your favorite oils and blends.

  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 2 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil + 2 drops sweet orange essential oil + 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop tea tree (melaleuca) + 1 drop lemon + 1 drop lime
  • 1 drop lemongrass + 1 drop lavender + 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil + 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil + 2 drops cypress essential oil
  • 3 drops sweet orange + 1 drop rosemary + 1 drop clove
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil + 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop tea tree (melaleuca) + 1 drop lemon + 1 drop orange
  • 1 drop lime + 1 drop sweet orange + 1 drop lemon + 2 drops spearmint
  • 1 drop lavender + 1 drop lemon + 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender + 1 drop cypress + 1 drop tea tree
  • 1 drop eucalyptus + 1 drop frankincense + 1 drop lemon
  • 3 drops grapefruit + 1 drop frankincense + 1 drop peppermint
  • 3 drops tangerine + 1 drop lemon + 1 drop tea tree (melaleuca)
  • 1 drop lemon + 1 drop peppermint + 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 2 drops frankincense + 2 drops cypress + 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 1 drop spearmint + 1 drop sweet orange + 1 drop lavender


adding drops of essential oil from essential oil bottle to felt pads



step 3:  remove the paper and stick the felt pads anywhere that needs deodorizing and freshening

tip:  Here are just some of the places you might want to try:

  • trash cans
  • pantry
  • kitchen drawers
  • clothes drawers
  • shoe bins
  • closets
  • recycling bins
  • cupboards
  • totes with seasonal holiday decorations
  • laundry hamper


tip:  The essential oil scent should last at least a few days or longer.  When you need to renew the scent, simply add a few more drops of essential oil to the felt pad.  If the felt pad is on a vertical surface, place a kleenex below the felt pad to catch any essential oil drips.  If you do have any drips on the tissue, you can put the tissue in a drawer or bin to scent and deodorize the space.  “Waste not, want not” as my grandma used to say.


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where to get supplies

Scotch felt pads

essential oils

click here for a free printable of the instructions and essential oil suggestions

link to printable deodorizing felt pads recipe using essential oils



More DIY Deodorizing Recipes to Keep Stinky Odors Out of Your Home

  1. odor eliminator room spray

  2. homemade Poo-Pourri toilet spray (spray toilet bowl before you go number 2, and it traps the odor in the bowl.  No one will ever know you went.)

  3. stinky shoe spray and deodorizing shoe powder

  4. garbage can spray

  5. trash can deodorizer tabs

  6. essential oil deodorizing pads (stick these little felt pads anywhere you want to prevent odors)

  7. fabric refresher linen spray (aka homemade “Febreeze”)

  8. laundry scent booster

  9. seasonal room sprays — springsummerfallChristmaswinter

  10. deodorant – here’s a recipe for an easy 2-ingredient roll-on deodorant and here’s the recipe for my favorite solid deodorant

  11. use essential oils with your vacuum to deodorize your carpet

And learn about the best essential oils for deodorizing here



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