Frugal Summer Scents for Your Home
Summer Scents for Your Home
When the weather turns warm and sometimes sticky, most of our homes
could use a little help smelling and feeling fresh. Clean summery scents
can do a lot for us, but we donít want to rely on plug-in air fresheners
or air freshener sprays: both contain chemicals thought to be harmful.
Instead, we can rely on the wisdom of our great-grandmothers, and use
natural ingredients to make our homes smell delightfully refreshing and
clean. Find out how lemon peel, fresh or dried mint, vanilla extract,
lavender, and more can make your home smell fresh as the proverbial
Lively Lemons -
The zesty clean fragrance of lemon is an instant uplift. Try rubbing a
few drops of lemon essential oil on doorknobs, or peeling a lemon and
simply twisting the peel so that the oils are released into the room.
You can simmer lemon slices in water on the stove to scent the air
Lavender Refresher Plunk -
A handful of dried lavender in a pretty container next to the bed to
make your bedroom smell fresh and to promote relaxing sleep and deep
Rosemary Smudge -
You can burn sprigs of dried rosemary (using an ashtray underneath to
catch any sparks!) to cleanse the atmosphere in your home. The scent is
refreshing, and the herb has been used in sickrooms for centuries, since
it is a time-honored antimicrobial.
Sweet Green Mist -
Mists and sprays are an easy way to add wonderful, natural scent to your
home and they are proven allies in the fight against germs. Mists and
sprays are a simple way of providing aromatherapy by just using
essential oils, water and a spray bottle. Nothing could be easier than
spritzing a few drops of these antibacterial sprays on doorknobs,
bathroom surfaces, telephones--anything you touch--to keep your home
smelling sweet. Because essential oils are antibacterial, they also help
kill germs. The formulas keep indefinitely and, in a pretty bottle tied
with a ribbon, they make great gifts. Your home will smell marvelous,
and you wonít need to worry as much when guests bring coughs and sneezes
in with them.
Look for all-natural pure essential oils at your local natural foods
store. This couldnít-be-easier recipe makes enough for five cups of
mist, enough to share with a friend. Use liberally on non-staining
surfaces or simply spray upward in the center of the room, being sure to
avoid contact with eyes.
Use an eyedropper to place the following in a small glass jar with a lid
(a baby food jar is ideal)--
20 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix well. To use, add 4-8 drops of this base to one cup of purified or
distilled water in a spray bottle, shaking to mix. Store in a cool, dark
Spicy Summer Potpourri-
This potpourri looks lovely set out in a bowl, or stored in little
Base: a combination of any or all of the following, thoroughly dried--
orange peel, marigolds, chrysanthemums, lavender, asters, Queen Anneís
lace, star anise seeds, cinnamon powder or sticks, whole or powdered cloves
Oil scents: a few drops each--
Sweet orange essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Clove essential oil
Sprinkle dried base with oils and mix well. Refresh base with a few
drops of oil whenever needed.
Vanilla Odor Remover -
The vanilla bean has properties that reduce odors! Try this super-easy
trick for removing smells you don't want: 1 to 2 teaspoons natural
vanilla extract. Just put the vanilla in a small cup anywhere you want
Summery Stovetop Freshener-
Mint is a wonderful freshener that gives an uplifting feeling to the
atmosphere. You can use either fresh or dried mint in this formula.
A handful of mint leaves
8 cups of water
Combine all the ingredients in a pan on the stove. Bring to a boil, and
then turn down to a simmer. Replace the liquid when needed as it
I have a small terra-cotta pot filled with ground cinnamon sitting near
my desk. I get wafts of the sweet fragrance all day long.
I'm a Freak!
I like how baking cookies or baking bread makes my house smell better.
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