Who hasn’t bought a Glade Plug-in or a little Airwick aerosol spritzer in their lifetime? Air fresheners used to be a staple on my shopping list. After all, they never seem to last that long and constantly need replacing.
However, as a big proponent of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” I always hated that there was a lot of waste with store-bought air-fresheners. For example, there’s the original packaging, and that then there’s the container once the air freshener is used up.
Recently, I read a sobering article regarding all the harmful chemicals air fresheners contain, such as formaldehyde, petrochemicals, p-dichlorobenzene and aerosol pollutants. Well, that was the last straw–I vowed to come up with an eco-friendly DIY alternative. All I needed was some paper and coffee grounds!
I’ve always been a big fan of paper-folding (aka “origami”), and I’ve probably folded thousands of these “paper cups” in my lifetime–they are just so functional! For this project, I used the 12″x12″ scrapbook paper pages available at craft stores for a decorative flair.
- Place paper print side down.
- Fold bottom corner to top corner
- Fold left corner to about the middle of the opposite side.
- Fold right corner to line up the point with the new corner made by the fold in Step 3.
- Fold down the top layer over the folds.
- (Optional) If you want more of the patterned paper to show, you can tuck the paper you just folded down in between the layers of the top fold.
- Open the cup and gently push in the bottom to help the cup stay open.
- Admire your origami paper cup!
- For reinforcement, place some clear tape on the top corner.
- Use a hole punch to punch a hole through the paper cup (and the tape layers).
- Fill with about 1/4 cup of coffee grounds and hang on a hook. Mmmm, even though I don’t drink coffee anymore, I still love that aroma!
Enjoy your non-toxic air freshener! These air fresheners are so easy to make and so affordable, that I hang them everywhere. I’ve hung several of them on the inside door of the shoe closet to combat stinky shoe smells, and I have another hanging right by the front door. If they ever need to be refreshed, just give the cups a gentle toss or pour in new coffee grounds. The old coffee grounds can be used for composting or fertilizing plants, so this is a great, virtually zero-footprint home project!