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    I had to share my recent way of scenting my home.

    I don't have the extra cash to purchase candles (a staple in my home usually) or potpourri that I normally have around and I was going nuts without the wonderful scents throughout the house. I love to enter a home and get hit with a light but wonderful scent.

    So I started thinking (yes, this can be dangerous for me!!! lol) and came up with placing all of our orange peels in a pot of water, some cinnamon and a dash of orange extract in the pan. I get it up to a boil and then drop it down to simmer and let it simmer. The only bad part is that you MUST remember to check it every once in awhile because it will go dry and can be dangerous. I also will put my keys on top of the stove so I never leave without turning it off. If your kitchen is in a location where you will forget about it and not a high traffic area I don't recommend it, but otherwise it's been wonderful for me!!!

    I've also purchased some strawberry extracts and of course vanilla extract to place in the waters and simmer. I've done apple pieces and cinnamon and vanilla, oranges and vanilla extract, strawberry extract and vanilla extract in water... all kinds of different scents.

    Everyone walks into my house now and says how they love it because it always smells so yummy.
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    This is an awesome idea! I like to grind orange or lemon peels in my
    garbage disposal. It keeps the disposal smelling fresh and is a
    great way to get rid of the peels. Also, to keep the blades sharp,
    grind ice in there.
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    I have a potpouri crockpot that I used to do orange peels and cinnamon
    in. Thanks for the reminder, I forgot. I wonder if you had a small
    crockpot, you could do the same...would save you the worry and natural
    gas if that applies.

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    I have one of the mini-crock pot's and have used it to do this. I
    always use orange peels, ground cinnomon, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon
    sticks in water. The good thing with this is that I can set it up near
    me, rather than having to have it in the kitchen.
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    My mother was a wonderful gardener and she grew roses and other flowers that she dried and made into potpourris. She made me some for the last Christmas she was alive. She put it in a little antique like container. She has been gone for twelve years now. I still have kept that and douse it with a bit of old perfume now and then.

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