How to Make a Car Air Freshener

Air Freshener

One of the simplest ways to customize your Volkswagen wagon or sedan interior is to make a DIY car air freshener. This fun and easy craft requires only inexpensive materials like dried herbs, essential oils, and mason jars. Check out this how-to guide from the Stohlman Volkswagen team for some inspiration — and then grab your materials from a Tysons Corner-area craft store to get started on your custom eco-friendly car air freshener!

Natural Herb Sachet Car Air Freshener

Try making this all-natural herb sachet DIY air freshener with fragrant dried herbs. Al you need to do is fill a felt bag with herbs like lavender, lemon balm leaves, rosemary, cinnamon, and cloves. Then just crumple it in your hands every so often to rejuvenate the scent! Here’s what you need and how to do it:


  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Dried herbs
  • Needle and thread
  • Felt in a color that matches your VW interior


  1. Cut two pieces of felt to the same size.
  2. To create a bag, sew the felt pieces together with a running stitch.
  3. Turn it inside out so that the stitching is on the inside of the bag.
  4. Place the herbs inside and carefully sew the top closed.
  5. Punch a hole into the top.
  6. Pass the string through the hole and tie the two ends together.
  7. Hang your new car air freshener on your rearview mirror and enjoy!

Terra Cotta Clay Disc & Essential Oil DIY Air Freshener

For this DIY air freshener, you’ll scent a clay disc with your favorite essential oils. You can find clay disks at a Fairfax or Alexandria craft store, or order them online. Clay disks are great at absorbing essential oils and will keep your VW interior smelling fresh and sweet for weeks! Here’s how:


  • Clay disc
  • Essential oils of your choice


  1. Use a small cloth to rub a generous amount of essential oils into the clay disc.
  2. Allow some time for the oils soak in, and then place the disc in your car.

Mason Jar Car Air Freshener

If you’d prefer stealthy air-freshening action, this discreet DIY air freshener can be stowed in a rear cup holder or under a passenger seat. Plus, mason jar air fresheners are great at eliminating stubborn odors.


  • Metal Nail
  • Cardboard
  • Baking soda
  • Small mason jar
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife
  • Your choice of essential oils


  1. Remove the mason jar’s lid.
  2. Using the ring section of the metal lid as a template, trace a circle on the cardboard. 
  3. Cut out the circle.
  4. Poke holes into the cardboard cut-out with the nail.
  5. Fill the jar halfway with baking soda.
  6. Add drops of essential oils to scent.
  7. Replace the flat metal circle part of the lid with the cardboard cut-out, and secure it with the metal ring part of the mason lid.

Rely on Stohlman Volkswagen for Expert VW Car-Care Tips

Looking for ways to keep your car clean and running smoothly between scheduled maintenance visits in Vienna? As it turns out, DIY car air fresheners are just the beginning. Ask our knowledgeable team about DIY car detailing, how to clean car floor mats, and more. Mechanical concerns? Expert technicians at our service center are happy to help you stay up-to-date with your VW Jetta maintenance schedule. Connect with us today to learn more!

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