Simply put, everyone wants their home and space to smell nice, but most of us don’t want to go heavy on the harsh chemicals either. I know it’s not just me, but when my space smells good, I feel less stressed, more productive, and better overall. I like candles, but I’ve been on a kick of wanting clean air, so I have been straying away from the traditional candles and settling instead with soy candles, which don’t burn black, essential oil diffusers, and these natural ways to add fragrance to my home.
I’m a big fan of simmering water on the stove with my fragrant ingredients, like orange rinds, apple slices, cloves, and cinnamon. But it’s fussy, because you always have to be around to turn off the stove when the water evaporates. Luckily, there are easy, walk-away options. So whether or not you’re looking to purify your air, mask odor, or simply just like things to smell good, these tips are for you.
Citrus Rind Diffusers: For something really simple and fresh, I love making these diffusers with citrus rinds, sea salt, and various spices and oils. It’s subtle, but so fresh and invigorating. I like to put hide one in my bathroom, kitchen, closet, and common areas. I don’t like to put citrus in my bedroom, because it’s energizing, and because of sleep issues I have, I have to do everything humanly possible to make my bedroom a relaxing space. But for the rest of the house, these are great. Here are 3 variations I enjoy. Each involve a hollowed out citrus fruit and 3/4 c. sea salt.
Orange Spice: hollowed orange, sea salt, 1 tbsp. whole cloves, and 5 drops cinnamon oil
Lemon + Vanilla +Rosemary: hollowed lemon, sea salt, 4 drops of rosemary oil, and 2 drops of vanilla extract
Grapefruit + Sage + Lavender: hollowed grapefruit, seas salt, 3 drops sage oil, and 2 drops of lavender oil
Essential Oil Sprays: These are great for quick fixes. I also like to have ingredients to whip a few of these up for specific instances, for instance, something to spray in the laundry closet or linen closet to keep linens smelling fresh or misting on pillows and bed sheets to prep for bed.
All you have to do for these is combine 4-5 drops of the essential oil of your choice in small spray bottle with some water, and you’re set. I like to combine lavender and eucalyptus for my bed linens and towels, and I like to combine energetic fragrances like sweet orange and bergamot in my living and common areas.
DIY Reed Diffusers: Everyone has probably seen these. They are the amber bottles or containers full of reed sticks and oils or fragrance. They’re really easy to make at home, and they’re nice to slide behind bathroom doors, in the corners of your living room, or other places throughout your home. If you want to showcase your fragrances, you can, of course, but I like to conceal them so my guests aren’t sure what’s making the place smell nice. They just know it does.
Simply combine essential oils or natural cleaners with water in the jars and add bamboo skewers. Be sure to cut off the pointy ends and cut them to be slightly higher than the top of the bottle.
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