Freshen Your Home with Natural Scents
If you are looking for a new way to mask or eliminate the odors that suffuse your home no matter how you try to get rid of them, or if you’re simply looking to replace those aerosols that can harm the environment, you’ll be glad the following article provides some natural scents for you to try out.
Many of the commercial sprays or perfumes available today contain toxins and chemicals that not only contaminate the air you breathe, but can have negative effects on your health. They’re often costly and without lasting effectives. Why not opt for a remedy that is both natural and easy to use at home without the added cost? We’re certain you’ll find everything you need right in your own kitchen. And if you’re missing an ingredient or two, they are easily found at your local grocery store.
Natural scents for your home
Take that little bottle of natural essence of vanilla and put a few drops on a cotton ball. Place it on a small dish or in a bowl that’s not easily tipped over in which every room you think needs a little refreshing. The scent will stay strong for around four hours. If you think you need another boost, just add a few more drops or replace the cotton with a newly infused one.
Fruity and herbal scents
You’ll need 5 lemons, 10 oranges, rosemary leaves, mint leaves, 250 milliliters of water and 250 milliliters of rubbing alcohol. Peel your oranges and lemons and keep the skins. In a bowl or grinder, meld the skins with the mint and rosemary until they are well blended. In a spray bottle mix the water and alcohol, adding the fruit and herbal mixture. Let steep for a few hours and using a spray attachment, you can add it to any room in your house.
Select a few cut stalks of roses, eucalyptus flowers and leaves, laurel stalks, branches from walnut trees, branches from myrtle and thyme bushes, as well as sage, ginger, vanilla and cinnamon bushes. Combine them in small bundles and allow them to dry in the open air or by snipping them and adding the mixture to small canvas bags to place in your clothes drawers. When you notice that they’ve lost their potency, you’ll only need to add a few drops of pure alcohol or drops of rose oil.
Fresh plants for your kitchen
To cover up the smell of grease or fried food, fish or even foods that have passed their prime, you should try a few of the following suggestions. In a few small planters grow some spinach, rosemary or thyme. Not only do these plants provide fresh ingredients for your best recipes but their natural aromas can help freshen your kitchen. If you want something pretty then try lavender, but remember it’s not typically used in cooking.
The flowering Quince
The flower of this fruit, which ripens in the fall and is often used in marmalades and jams, can be stored in dressers and closets to freshen clothes. Keep a careful watch to ensure they stay dry and mold free because that may attract insects.
What do you typically do with that small sliver of perfumed hand or bathroom soap? Instead of tossing it when it’s become too small to use, why not repurpose it to help freshen up your home? Tear the slivers into smaller pieces and place them in a cloth or cotton bag. Small bags can go in your closets or drawers to keep them fresh. You can also find a second use for those perfumes you have laying around you never use. Dilute them with a bit of water in a small bowl and leave them in the open air. As the water evaporates the scent will be carried around the room.
Add a half cup of baking soda to a small bowl and 8 to 12 drops of whatever essential oil you prefer, or combine a few different oils. Cover with a top that has been punched through with a few holes. Dress it up by placing it in a candle holder or hiding behind that house plant. The scent will distribute for days and help freshen whichever room you choose.
Instead of buying those expensive gel scents you should try your hand at crafting your own scented gels. In a small bowl add 3 drops of your preferred food coloring and 30 drops of whichever essential oil you most enjoy. Above a low heat, boil a cup of water and add flavorless gelatin powder. Once it starts to boil, add another cup of water and a cup of salt until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat but before it cools, add the essential oil and food coloring mixture and mix well. You can let it set in whichever mold you wish. The scent should last about a month.
Air freshener for your car
Instead of purchasing an air freshener for your car, you can concoct one in your own kitchen. Choose a graphic of your choosing and cut two copies, then paste them to a hard board or carton cut in the same design. On both sides add 10 drops of essential oil of your choosing and let dry. Perforate the design at the top and loop a small piece of string or yarn through it. Hang it in your car and add more oil when needed.
If you’re looking for an alternative to going hands-on, try brewing up some natural fragrances. In a small boil bring some water to a boil. When at a full boil, add one or more of the following: cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, whole cloves, lemon or orange skins, coffee beans. Pour into a small decorative pot and place throughout the rooms you want to freshen. Once cool, you can reheat or replenish the brew.
Orange and clove scentser
To cover your home in a fresh and revitalizing scent that takes advantage of two of the most sweet-smelling elements, you should try your hand at an orange and clover scentser. Simply puncture the whole orange with the cloves, making sure the needle end of the clove is well embedded. Place in a small bowl throughout your home. This can create a pleasant scent that last days or even weeks.