Natural Scents For Your Home

Four ways to make your home smell great, from using essential oils to making spice ornaments.

You want your home to smell great. You want people to walk in and feel welcomed by sweet aromas, but you don't want to spray an aerosol can every 10 minutes.

Below are a few simple tips that you can try until you find a favorite. You'll probably continue to use all of them.

1: Pick up a few favorite essential oils. They can be found in many floral shops or even craft and department stores. Depending upon the scent you want, choose an oil and place a few drops of it on a cottonball then stash the cottonball somewhere in the room you wish to scent, preferably on a small dish.

2: Add drops of spicy oil or even fresh ground spices to a pot of simmering water. This will also help humidify the house as well as make it seem fresher.

3: Take a fresh orange, and using a toothpick poke holes through the rind. Stuff whole cloves through the holes. This makes a wonderful scent and lasts a while. You can even wrap a 1/4" - 1/2" wide ribbon around the orange so it can hang.

4: You can also make spicy air fresheners using applesauce and cinnamon as well as spices. You'll need 1 cup of chilled applesauce, 1/2 cup of ground cloves, 1/2 cup of ground cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of nutmeg. Mix all ingredients together and it will form a dough. Roll dough out until 1/4" thick and cut into any shape you wish, with a cookie cutter or free hand. Using a straw poke a hole in the top of the shapes for hanging. Lay out shapes on wax paper until they are comletely dry, which can take 24-48 hours. Insert ribbon or string through hole and hang as desired. These natural spice air fresheners also make excellent Christmas ornaments and gifts.

Now that you can try a few of these simple ideas, get ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sweet aroma.

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