Many industrial and chemical air fresheners are often too overpowering and smell too artificial. Luckily, there are many natural ways to make your house smell amazing.
Make your own scented candles
Start by melting wax from unused candles or wax you got at the local craft store. You can do it by using a double layered broiler or with a microwave, using a micro-safe container. During that time glue a sturdy piece of string or a store bought candle wick to the bottom of a glass or a bowl.
Once the wax is melted quickly mix in coffee beans, vanilla, cinnamon pieces, mint leaves, or whatever it is you want your candle to smell like. Pour the mixture into your bowl while holding the candle wick up. Hold it up for about a minute until the wax thickens and your candle is ready!
Use multiple scented candles: If you have a large house than one candle won’t really do the job. It can be a candle you made yourself or ones you bought, the important thing is to experiment with many kinds. You’ll be surprised how fun it can be to encounter a different smell each time you enter another room.
Make a herbal fire starter
This is a simple and ingenious way to mimic the smells of great home cooking without actually do any cooking. Take a small pot or a saucepan and fill it half way with water. Throw in things like cinnamon sticks, citrus peels, olive oil, basil or nutmeg. You just need to boil the water and your whole house will be filled with an amazing smell in no time. Have fun experimenting with different ingredients and different smells, you’ll be amazed how effective this method can be.
Make a reed diffuser
Pick up some reed sticks from a craft store. Fill a cup with about two thirds water, and add 10 drops of essential oil or other strong fragrance liquid. Flip the reeds over every couple of hours to refresh the scent. It might not be the best solution for your entire house, but it’s great for small bathrooms and dinner tables.
Make your own potpourri
Start by collecting dried materials, aromatic spices and essential oils to your liking. You can go for a spicy mixture of cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise and cloves, or a red and green mixture of cranberries, fragrant evergreens and dried eucalyptus. Put everything into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil or lemon juice on top. If will make a room smell fantastic for days.
The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.