It’s no secret that I like a nice smelling home. I have candles and tart warmers around the house as well as room sprays. While I like to cook, I hate certain food smells that like to linger afterwards. Instead of spraying and ultimately choking on aerosol sprays, I have become a recent fan of natural, do-it-yourself air fresheners.
The first one that I tried was a mug of vanilla in a 300º oven. I used about two tablespoons of pure vanilla extract (very important as I’ve heard the imitation kind doesn’t work) in an oven-safe mug and placed it in the oven. Once the mug started to really heat up, the house smelled like I was baking.
I baked more kale chips this week (I’m so addicted!) and the house had a lingering cabbage-like smell afterwards despite having two candles burning. I decided to try a simmer pot to eliminate the odor. I started collecting ideas on Pinterest and revisited the scents of Christmas with an orange and ground cloves. I added a little water to a small pot, sliced an orange and added it to the pot as well as a few shakes of ground clove. I heated the pot over low heat and once the pot started to really warm up, the entire house was filled with a glorious smell of cloves and oranges! You’d never know I made a big batch of kale chips that afternoon.
Other ideas for simmer pots include:
- lemon and rosemary
- pumpkin pie spice
- orange and lemon peels
- apple peels and cinnamon
- lemon and dried lavender
The possibilities really are endless. This is a great way to use up extra fruit you might have in your fridge that’s on the brink of spoiling. No waste! It’s a cheap and inexpensive way to make your home smell so, so good without chemicals. Breathe happy!