Sunday, September 27, 2009

Make-Do Air Freshener Recycle

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At Make-Do Mondays we discuss how we’re simplifying, downsizing, repurposing, buying used, and using what we’ve got.

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Make-Do Mondays Participants:

1. Alison @ Under the Big Oak Tree (Oven Repair)
2. Melinda - Repurposing old furniture 
3. Ann Kroeker (plastic bag dryer)

Make-Do Mondays with Shari

Recycle That Dried Up Air Freshener

Here is an air freshener that we tried. But for the second time the shiny beads have dried up into little hard balls.  They still have a scent to them. But they look terrible.  I rehydrated them once before and so this time I will be showing you how I did it. 


You will probably need a Science/Physics or Math Degree, so please read on and decide for yourself what skills you will need to make this Make-Do work for you!

Step one: Grab your freshener.  If yours is like this one, just take the lid off.  Do not turn the freshener on the side or any liquid left may (will most definitely - learned by experience) spill out.

Step 2:  Add water covering your beads.  In this jar I filled it approximately 1/3 full.  I will add more water if the beads absorb all the water I added.
Here you can see there is a lot more water than beads.  Mine foamed up when I added the water, but the foam will disappear later.


After a couple of hours, almost all of the water is absorbed.  It still emits a nice smell, maybe it is not as potent as when it was first created/ opened.  However, I could add some additional scent essence if I felt that was necessary.  I have a stash of them that I got for really cheap - a thrift store buy-  they still smell fine.

Even though this is blurry, it shows that the beads are nearly rehydrated and ready to work freshening up my bathroom again.  

Saves money, fun to do and really you don't need a Science or Math Degree to do this!!!


Thanks for visiting with me today and Please leave me a comment .

Many thanks to Ann Kroeker for starting this carnival and also for entrusting me to carry it forward. I will definitely need your help in making this a success and a place to come and gather ideas on saving money and being responsible for our material goods, time and family.

Again thanks for visiting and be sure to come back...........

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  1. Those air fresheners look cool, I don't know if I've seen any like that before! We have some of those little bead thingies that we use for our bamboo plant since they stay moist for awhile and then we can just rehydrate them with water... but they're starting to look a little gruesome after being around a plant for a couple of years. We keep discussing getting a new plant, but that wouldn't be making do now, would it ;)

  2. I can't handle anything scented LOL but this is just a genius idea!

    Congrats on taking on the MDM group. You are the perfect person to do so :)

    Kristin - The Goat