We all know that we abuse our homes with different smells and unique odors. It varies from light, sweet, fresh scent all the way to foul odors of moldy, stale, stinky kind of smell. Getting used to these smell means we don’t recognize how bad it is even when we walk through the door. But, when other people visit you, they either take notice and tell you about it or they just felt uneasy and a bit turned off. These smells tell us how we take care of our homes.
So how do we banish these household odors for good? You can either buy commercially available air fresheners for instant results within minutes but, it will just be a temporary remedy and a bit hefty in price too. So let’s try to refresh our homes with these DIY, budget-friendly, natural finds.
Natural Home Deodorizers Potpourris
Before we start making these natural fresheners, we need to gather these things first:
- Mason jar (if storing in the refrigerator)
- Pot for stovetop
- Any available ingredients listed on the recipes below
- Cut any fruits and place in water or you can have a twist by adding spices, extracts and herbs if you want for a more signature scent
- Fill your pot/saucepan with water, ¾ the way full and then boil
- As soon as it reaches boiling point, reduce to low heat and let it simmer
The scented vapour will spread throughout your home, changing the scent and banishing other unwanted smells in your home.
Variety of Ingredients
Each recipe is numbered as follows, just follow the same steps above in preparing them.
- Water, lemon, rosemary, and vanilla extract
- Water, vodka, and lilac oil (use it as a room spray)
- 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and one sliced lemon (from Williams-Sonoma)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 sliced orange
- 1 sliced orange, 5 cinnamon sticks, 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
- 1 sliced orange, 1 tablespoon almond extract
- 2 sliced limes, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 5 1/4 inch slices of ginger, 1 tablespoon almond extract, 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract, 4 sprigs of rosemary
- 1 lemon, 1 tsp black peppercorns, a handful of basil
- Cedar twigs, by themselves. I love cedar.
- Bergamot tea (Earl Grey), 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Bergamot tea, 1 sliced orange, 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tablespoon coconut extract, 1 sliced lime
Other Ingredients To Choose From
- Citrus Fruits last longest in the pot. But you can also use apples and cranberries.
- Herbs that are twiggy or woody hold up best like rosemary, thyme and lemongrass. You can opt-in for thinner herbs though, they’ll still smell therapeutically divine but they won’t last long in the pot.
- Spices that are sweet smelling of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise and peppercorns work best. Avoid using strong-smelling spices like paprika which are better left for cooking.
- Extracts add a little bit of twist and mood to our scents like cotton candy, vanilla, apricot, peppermint, maple, almond, coconut and blueberry. What a sweet surprise!
- Fragrant tree scents like pine needles twigs or your favorite tea work well too.
Other Home Deodorizers
- Carpet Powder. Just sprinkle the mixture of baking soda, dried rosemary, and lavender oil on your carpets, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and vacuum it up for a fresh-smelling room.(Our Best Makeover Projects)
- DIY Plug-In Refill. Reuse empty glass plug-in air fresheners containers.Fill it up with some essential oil and water.(Liz Marie Blog Tutorial)
- DIY Reed Diffuser. You’ll need a glass container with a small opening, rattan reeds, alcohol, almond oil, and essential oil. Lavender oil for a bedroom to add that fresh, calming scent. While lemon essential oil is perfect for the kitchen. (Mom 4 Real Tutorial)
So, if you want to change your home’s scent signature try these few really easy and fun DIY home fresheners, the best part is, it will cost you to nothing. You can experiment and try a different variety of scents depending on your mood or season. Refreshing your home scents have never been this breezy and inexpensive. How cool is that!