7 Creative Ways To Make Your Home Smell Amazing


Commercial air fresheners are made with artificial fragrances and other chemicals that aren’t much fun to breathe in. They’re also pricey and produce a lot of plastic packaging. As a less expensive, greener alternative, we’ve got some home made room and air freshener recipes that will make your home smell amazing.

  1. The first and easiest way to make a room smell fresh and clean is with baking soda. Most people know it absorbs odors in the refrigerator, but it works pretty much everywhere else too. The basic recipe is just a half a cup of baking soda with a few drops of essential oil; you can either put this is in an old sealed container with holes poked in the lid (like a yogurt quart container), or you can get a little fancier. A small mason jar makes a good container too; instead of attaching the inner lid, line it with a small piece of scrapbook paper traced in the same shape. Pierce a few holes in the paper, shake up the jar, your room freshener’s ready to go.
  2. A good way to make the kitchen smell good—and most of the rest of the house too—is with herbed water. Fill a small pot two-thirds of the way with water, toss in a slice lemon and a few rosemary sprigs (basil leaves work too), add a half teaspoon of vanilla, then let the pot simmer as long as you like. Some people like to use their crockpot instead of the stove, to save energy; either way, it smells fabulous. Reheat this mixture for up to two days; after that, pour it in the compost pile.
  3. Distilled water, lavender essential oil, and vanilla make a calming room spray. Combine two cups of distilled water, ten drops of lavender, and ten drops of vanilla in a bowl, then transfer the mixture to a clean spray bottle. Shake it up and spray it around your house.
  4. Another easy room spray can be made with basil and lemon. In a small pot, bring half a cup of water to boil. Add 4 tablespoons of dried basil, let them steep for a few minutes, then turn the heat off. In another small pot, bring ¾ cup of water to a boil. Line a funnel with a coffee filter and put the funnel into an open spray bottle. Pour the basil water into the funnel, letting the filter catch the basil. Then take the filter out (but keep the funnel in). Pour the boiling water in, followed by a tablespoon of vodka and five drops of lemon essential oil. Put the top on and shake the bottle, let it cool a little more, then use it to sweeten your home. This recipe is a little trickier than others; it’s not a great idea to pour boiling water into a plastic bottle (if you’ve got a glass or metal spray bottle, use that), so you might need to let the water/vodka/lemon mix cool before pouring it in—but the heat is important, for joining all the compounds chemically.
  5. Another easy way to make your kitchen smell fine, especially after a round of cooking something stinky, is by briefly cooking a lemon. Put the whole lemon in your oven and bake it at 300 degrees Farenheit for fifteen minutes, leaving the oven door ajar. Turn the oven off and let the lemon cool before taking it out. Boiling a lemon rind in water also gives a fresh citrus scent to the kitchen.
  6. To lend a sweet smell to your closets or drawers, make a small sachet to hold scented cotton balls or dried balsam needles. Fold a 10 x 10 inch fabric square in half, then stitch up the bottom and side with a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Fill the pouch through the top with cotton balls dipped in essential oil, cinnamon sticks, or dried pine needles. From here, you can either stitch the top shut, pin it closed, or sew a button on the front and clasp it that way—this doesn’t have to be a very involved project, just needs to get the scented material stowed away. Far safer than mothballs, a sachet will freshen your closet for a few years at a stretch.
  7. Last but not least, you can make potpourri at home, quite easily. Dry out your favorite flowers (or just what’s growing in your yard) by gathering them in a bouquet, tying the stems together, and hanging them up for a few days. Once they’re dry, put the flowers in a closed container with a few drops of essential oil—at this point, the flowers have lost most of their own scent, and will absorb the oils. Keep the container sealed for about two weeks, then open it and arrange the flowers in a pretty bowl or mason jar. Potpourri will last for a few months before fading.

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