Thought these may come in handy, they smell great and best of all

they are cheap.

Air Fresheners

I like to use the air fresheners/deodorizers to make the air more

pleasant, but they are a little expensive. Does anyone have any

homemade "recipes" using products that most people already keep at

home for a solution?


Simmer your Way to Freshness

I have a small simmering potpourri crock that I purchased at a garage

sale for 25 cents. I keep this out on my kitchen counter and fill

half-full with water. Next I add a few cloves, a couple dashes of

cinnamon, and a dabble of extract (vanilla, orange, etc). Citrus

peels are another great ingredient. Plug in the crock and you have a

warm comfortable smell wafting throughout your home that isn't overly

pungent like some of those expensive wall-outlet units. (Just be

careful to watch your water level of your crockpot as the heat will

cause evaporation. You don't want this to run dry.) If you don't have

a potpourri crock, any crockpot will do. You may also simmer homemade

scents in a small saucepan on the stove.


Cheap Ingredients to Have on Hand

I have one of those electric crockpot potpourri burners and I make my

own scents to put in it. These are items most people have on hand or

are cheap enough to buy to have on hand.

1 1/2 cups warm water or manufacturers direction

4 cinnamon sticks broken into pieces

1 tsp. imitation vanilla

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ginger or 1 medium piece of crystallized ginger

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1/2 tsp. allspice

1 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil (helps with binding the scents and rapid

water absorption)

Mix together and enjoy. Your family and friends will be searching the

cupboards to find the goodies you baked that made the house smell so



Easy as Apple Pie

Simmer a sliced apple and a couple of cinnamon sticks in some water

on your stove. The whole house will smell like apple pie.

To quickly get rid of odors (especially fish), simply heat some white

vinegar on the stove (DON'T boil!), and after about 30 minutes,

remove it. The slight vinegar smell dissipates quickly and takes any

odors with it.


These Work Best!

I have gradually changed my cleaning products to products I make

myself. I have really saved a lot of money, and my house has never

been cleaner. We also never have to worry about toxins. Here are the

air fresheners that I have found work best.

* Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with water in a spray bottle. Shake

well and spray. The baking soda absorbs the odor. You can also add a

little scent if you want. (I use vanilla extract. It smells great and

drives men wild for some reason)

* Spray undiluted white vinegar in the air. The vinegar smell

evaporates very quickly taking odors with it.

* Place a bowl of vinegar on the counter and let it sit for a few


* Dampen a towel with vinegar and wave it through the air

* Fill a parmesan cheese shaker with baking soda. (I like to

spray it with a little of my favorite cologne.) Sprinkle over carpets

and let it sit as long as possible (Overnight is best). Vacuum. I

also add table salt to the baking soda, but it is not necessary. The

salt absorbs moisture and acts as an abrasive. It really makes the

carpet look better than vacuuming without it.


Works for Me!

1. If you use dryer sheets, you could put them in the vents. This

will not work if you have baseboards. They will freshen the air as it

comes into the room. You can put them in fresh or after they've been

through the dryer.

2. Save any citrus peels and spices that are too old to use. Boil

them in a pot with a little hot water. They make the house smell

lovely for next to nothing. I ground up cinnamon sticks for cinnamon

and saved the bits that were too big for my spice bottle for a simmer


3. If you burn scented candles, save any wax bits left over and

add them to a wax potpourri burner. If you mix scented and unscented,

they will last longer.

4. You can put fancy soaps in your drawers to freshen your

clothes. You can also do this with the scented perfume ads from


5. Open a window as air inside is usually more polluted than air


6. When my dad has been smoking, my mom lights a candle to get rid

of the smoke scent.


Potpourri in a small dish might work for a while to freshen

your air. You could try making your own.

8. Bake. It makes the house smell good and you get something to

eat as well.

9. Put essential oils in a light bulb ring. You could also add

them to a vaporizer.

10. Dilute your essential oils (or old perfumes) in a spray bottle,

put on the finest setting, and mist your rooms with it. This also

works on sheets, pillowcases, and towels.


Have an Orange-Fresh Home

I just love the smell that comes after cleaning with those expensive

orange cleaners, but I often can only afford to use regular old

diluted bleach or Windex. Here's my secret to having an orange-fresh

house all the time. When you buy oranges at the grocery store, they

usually wind up in a fruit bowl. Right? Next time, before they go in

the bowl, grate a bit of the zest off one side of each orange. The

whole house will smell like it was just cleaned.


Long-Term Freshness

One of my favorite tips is to put a drop of a very

inexpensive "perfume" on a light bulb in each room. I found a jasmine-

scented body spray for 50 cents, and it's lasted me for quite awhile.

Also, if there is an "odor" I want to remove, I pour a little white

vinegar on an old washrag and wipe the walls down lightly with it. As

soon as it's dry, the place smells clean and "sweet" without the

perfume. Another of my favorites is to tuck away a dryer sheet under

the couch or some other hidden spot.


Make Scented Rocks

Scented rocks make a great air freshener. Mix 1/2 cup salt and 1/2

cup flour in a bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon of a favorite essential oil and

2/3 cup boiling water and a few drops of a food coloring to create a

desired shade. Blend all ingredients, form into balls, and allow to


For the bathroom, dampen a cotton swab with your favorite perfume or

cologne and swab the inside of a toilet paper roll. Each time the

toilet paper is rolled, a fresh scent will fill the room.

Another way to purify the air is to dampen a cotton ball with pure

vanilla extract, place in a dish and set in odorous area of the

house. A dish with three cotton balls is great for the living room. A

room in which heavy smoking occurs might require another dish.


Scented Rocks Revisited

Here's an easy recipe. Make a small amount of Plaster of Paris, but

use liquid potpourri instead of water. You can buy inexpensive candy

molds at many stores. Pour the liquid POP into the molds and let it

dry completely. Pop them out and you have scented rocks of a sort.

Put them in a mesh bag and hang in your car, or put them in the

ashtray if you don't use it. When you open the ashtray, the smell

comes out.


The "Smelly Jelly" Answer

I have a recipe that my daughter gave me. They are inexpensive and

fun to make. The name on the recipe was called Gel Air Freshener, but

we changed the name to "Smelly Jelly."

Smelly Jelly

2 cups Concentrated Potpourri Liquid

4 envelops Knox gelatin

1 tablespoon salt (to deter molding)

Heat 1 cup potpourri until almost boiling. Remove from heat. Add 4

envelopes Knox Gelatin and 1 tablespoon salt. Stir until dissolved.

Add remaining 1 cup potpourri. Pour into clean jars and allow to set.

If in a hurry, lightly cover and refrigerate them to speed the


I add food coloring if I don't like the color. This can be put in a

vase, and as it starts to set, place artificial flowers in the vase.

The flowers seem to be real because they have a smell.