An easy remedy is to buy chemical-free air fresheners at the supermarket, but making your own is also simple enough. You can use the ingredients you use for cooking, like fruits, herbs, and spices, as natural room scents for your home by creating a stove top scent. According to TheYummyLife.com, as you simmer the ingredients in water, the steam will fill the air with a subtle, pleasant smell.
What you’ll need
Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, and oranges (calamansi may work, too!) Herbs like rosemary, thyme, and mint Spices like cinnamon and cloves Water Pot Jars
How it works
Cut fruits into thin slices. If you prefer, you can also use just the peels. Combine the ingredients into a pot, cover with enough water and bring to a boil. Then, lower the heat and let it simmer.
A caveat: Stove top fragrances will scent your kitchen and spread to other rooms, but it will depend on the size and layout of your house. You’ll also need to keep an eye on the pot so the water doesn’t dry out. If it does, you’ll smell burnt citrus and herbs instead.
The good news is you can reuse and reheat these scents a number of times. Just put all ingredients inside a jar after use, let it cool, and refrigerate.
If you want to take the scents off the stove and inside individual rooms, you can use a mug warmer, candle warmer, or tea pot warmer to keep the water hot and release the scents. Remember: more heat and steam means a stronger scent. You can also use it as a spray! Just make sure to let the ingredients sit in the water for a few days before using.
You can also make your own natural, all-purpose cleaners! Click here for the guide.