One of the best ways to brighten up your mood and space is through scents. These tips will show you how to deodorize and scent your home in a snap, with ingredients you may already have on hand.
1. Make an aroma pot.
Add your favorite fruits, spices and herbs to a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 15-30 minutes. Add water as needed so the pot does not dry out and burn the contents.
Aroma Pot Combinations I love:
Orange peel + mint leaves (I am partial to spearmint because of its sweeter aroma.)
Lemon slices + lemon peel
Rosemary sprigs (fresh or dried)
2. Use essential oils by the drop or in a room spray.
Add a few drops of your preferred essential oils to a cotton ball and place in the corners of your home, or add to a diffuser.
For the room spray, add 1-2 ounces of water and few drops (3-12) to a spray bottle. Shake vigorously and mist the air for to freshen up your room. Make a small amount that can be used in 1-2 days as the prolonged exposure to water can affect/change the smell of the essential oils.
Essential oil blends to try:
Eucalyptus + lemon
Lavender + Rosemary
Please exercise caution: Essential oils are potent and some, like lemon, can ‘eat’ through your skin, furniture stains, and varnishes. I have a table to prove the latter.
3. Baking Soda & Vinegar
At pennies on the dollar, these two ingredients make good deodorizers and fresheners and you probably have at least one of them on hand.
Baking soda – Add a ½ cup to a mason jar and leave uncovered to “absorb” odor. You can also sprinkle baking soda on carpets before vacuuming.
Vinegar can be used similarly. Add a ½ cup of vinegar to a mason jar and leave uncovered to a “absorb” odor. Alternatively, combine equal parts of water and vinegar to a spray bottle and mist the air. I like to do this after I cook anything with a strong lingering smell. If you’re concerned about a pickling smell of vinegar, it goes away within a few minutes.
**Common sense caution: as with all things, test materials before going full-fledged.**
Now it’s your turn to share. 🙂 What are your favorite ways to scent your home naturally. Please leave a comment. I’d love to read your tips.
Natural. Beautiful. You.®,
Benardett, Creator of Sénica® Products