Autumn is a time of scents-the crispness of the air after the first rain, cinnamon spiked squash baking in the oven, and the first pumpkin pie of the season. Why ruin all that with manufactured smells that can be as harsh on you as they are on the environment.
For little money (you might even have a lot of these ingredients lying around) you can fill the air with a natural scent that’s easy on the wallet and pleasant to the nose.
Make Your Own Natural Air Freshener
- Friends coming over for dinner? Make a pot of apple cider. Your home will smell delicious, and you’ll have a toasty drink to offer your guests! Recipe: Add the following ingredients into a pot and simmer: 1 gallon apple juice, 1 teaspoon each allspice and nutmeg, 1 tablespoon whole cloves, 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- You can go the boiling pot of water route, even if you don’t plan to drink the end product. Simmering a pot of water with slices of orange by itself or with a few sticks of cinnamon is an easy recipe for a fresh smelling home.
- Potpourri is easy to come by, and almost as easy to make. Add the following ingredients to a glass jar and stir to mix: 2 cups dried apple slices, 1 cup each bay leaves and sage, ½ cup each chopped, unpeeled ginger root and whole cloves, 8 1-inch cinnamon sticks. Put a lid on the jar and put it in a basement (or somewhere away from direct sunlight and extreme temperature changes). Shake the jar daily for 4 to 6 weeks until the scent is established.
- If you’re looking to absorb odors in the refrigerator or freezer, nothing beats that trusty box of baking soda.
- Make your own herbal air mist by mixing 5 to 7 drops of an essential oil for every 8 ounce cup of water added to a spray bottle. Pick a favorite scent or experiment with a mixture. An energizing, romantic blend might be comprised of rose, geranium, rosemary, lavender and sweet orange.
- Add a few drops of essential oil to water in a diffuser. A candle warms the water and oil mixture, releasing the scent. We like this classic, white tinted glass diffuser from Bath & Body Works.
- Using a zester, peel the zest from lemons and oranges. Place the delicate, scented curls in a dish that can be set out on a table. Looks good, smells great.
- Start your day right, with the smell of coffee and fresh baked bread wafting through the house.
- NASA research has consistently shown that living houseplants can remove toxic chemicals from the air. Read about the top 10 plants for cleaner air on Care2.