Freshen Indoor Air Naturally – Coffee Tealight DIY

I love being able to freshen indoor air naturally.  I’m not a big fan of all the chemicals and artificial ingredients in many air freshener products. I really don’t want to release those things into the air that the kids and our pets are breathing but there are times that you just need to freshen the air. Maybe you have lingering odors from dinner or your kids just brought home a bag of stinky sports gear. Either way, the air quality is less than pleasant.

Freshen Indoor Air Naturally - Coffee Tealight DIY

Freshen Indoor Air Naturally – Coffee Tealight DIY

There are a lot of ways that you can freshen indoor air naturally.  You can open the windows, put on a pot of simmering potpourri, or try this coffee tealight DIY.  The scent from this coffee tealight comes from the oils in the coffee beans and not the candle itself.  The tealight can be replaced when it burns down and the coffee beans can be replaced when you no longer smell the scent when you burn the tealight.

This is a very flexible DIY project.  You can use any type of coffee beans depending on the scent you want.  I choose plain coffee beans but you can try hazelnut or French vanilla if you prefer.  The size of the glass bowl you use can be changed depending on what you have available – just add more or less tealight candles in the container depending on the size.  You don’t need to use a clear glass container if you don’t have one. You can use a ceramic bowl, etc. Just be sure not to place the candle too close to the edge of the glass so it doesn’t break.

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Coffee Tealight DIY
  • coffee beans
  • glass bowl or container
  • one or more tealight candles
  1. Pour the coffee beans in the glass container.
  2. Place the tealight candles in the coffee beans, pushing them in slightly so they are surrounded on the bottom and sides by the coffee beans.
  3. Light the candles and let the heat of the candles release the scent of the coffee beans.

Freshen Indoor Air Naturally - Coffee Tealight DIY

How do you freshen indoor air naturally?


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  1. Coffee is a great idea for an air freshner. Who doesn’t love the smell of coffee? I had a friend who worked at a perfume kiosk and to clear your sense of smell when smelling samples they had a jar of coffee beans to take a sniff of.

  2. I bet that smells absolutely amazing! Happy Thursday!

  3. I love this idea! Coffee smell is the best! I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the yummy smell of coffee beans!  This is an awesome idea!  

  5. I’ve wanted to try this!  Glad to know it works.  I’m a total coffee fanatic!  And you’re totally right about the chemicals we breathe in the store-bought stuff.  I hadn’t really thought about it before.  Thanks for linking up. 🙂

  6. Ellen, You are a Genius!  In our homeschooling classroom, not only do we have a reading nook/craft center…but we also have a guinea pig and a turtle and a large Coonhound!
    So you can imagine the weekly cleaning/disinfecting.  I’ve been using essential oils in diffusers but I LOVE this idea.  
    Thank you for posting!  =)

  7. French vanilla coffee beans sound great.  I could get used to walking into my house to the smell of coffee!
    thanks for the great idea

  8. It is a great idea! I love the smell of coffee beans!

  9. Greetings!
    Nice idea! I’m going to give it a try! But I prefer bees wax candles.
    Visiting from 21st Century Housewife Hop.
    Have a great week!

  10. Absolutely love this tip! I love the smell of coffee and have am very sensitive to any artificial smells, so this is perfect!! 

  11. This is a good idea…. I have been in homes that have used this and it looks nice, too. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  12. I could have used this yesterday when the workers had to stain a few feet of wood in my kitchen. For such a small area the smell drove us out of the house. Most sprays or other air freshener products irritate me (residual effect of pregnancy). And I looooove the smell of coffee.

  13. This looks lovely and is such a simple decorating idea. I bet it smells amazing too. I just love the scent of coffee beans!

  14. G’day from Oz. Thanks for sharing this great idea-I can almost smell the coffee beans from here!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could share your post at my weekly Say G’Day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a fabulous addition.

    Best wishes for a great weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

  15. I use potpourri in a jar – thanks for sharing again at the #WWDParty

  16. Such a great hostess gift for someone who loves coffee!


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