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DIY Home Fragrance Ingredients

Make Your Home Smell Amazing With These Items You Probably Already Have in Your Kitchen

Save money, reduce waste, and make your home smell nice all at the same time.

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June 12, 2024 at 9:11 AM PST
DIY Home Fragrance Ingredients

Make Your Home Smell Amazing With These Items You Probably Already Have in Your Kitchen

Save money, reduce waste, and make your home smell nice all at the same time.

By
June 12, 2024 at 9:11 AM PST

One of the most popular compliments Americans love to receive about their home is that it smells good. A sweet-smelling space is thought to be cleaner, more inviting, and just overall nicer to live in. And sure, you can always easily buy a commercial air freshener for your home fragrance, but you probably already have everything you need at home. Even better, some of the best ingredients you can use to create top fragrances are all-natural, making them better for you and the environment.

To learn how to make your place smell good without spending a dime, here are the ingredients you can use to create a welcoming fragrance for your space.

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Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in the world. But it isn’t just for baking cookies. Cinnamon is known for having a warm, spicy scent that feels almost familiar, making it perfect for creating a comfy, cozy ambiance.

To turn it into a fragrance for your home, bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Then, add three or four cinnamon sticks to the pot, letting the water simmer. The steam will carry the sweet, spicy aroma throughout your home.

Pro Tip: Add some cloves or a couple slices of orange to your mixture to create a deeper fragrance.

Cloves

Speaking of cloves, these teeny, tiny flower buds are another ingredient that can really crank up the aromatherapy factor in your home. They have a super strong, spicy scent that can quickly fill up a room. And luckily, extracting their fragrance is easy to do.

To create a quick and easy air freshener, all you have to do is stick some cloves into an orange. Then, place the fruit on a plate and hide it somewhere it isn’t easily spotted. The combo of bright citrus and warm clove will waft through the air, making your space smell nice and cozy.

Eucalyptus

If you’ve ever been to a spa, you’re probably already familiar with the fresh scent of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is often used in spas and wellness centers due to its clean, somewhat minty fragrance. But you don’t have to go to the spa to get a whiff. You can incorporate eucalyptus in your home in a number of ways like hanging fresh eucalyptus branches in your shower or using an eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser for continuous fragrance.

A tangerine and its peel
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Citrus Peels

The next time you eat an orange or grapefruit, save the rind for later. Citrus peels contain essential oils that make them a fantastic natural air freshener.

To brighten up your space, boil orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit peels in a pot of water, then let it simmer. Take it off the stove to enjoy a rejuvenating scent for a couple of hours. Or for long-lasting fragrance, keep it simmering on the stovetop until you’re ready to head to bed.

Pro Tip: Citrus peels help neutralize odors to keep a space smelling clean and fresh. If your garbage disposal is a little funky, try putting three or four citrus peels inside to keep any nasty odors at bay.

Rosemary

Rosemary is a popular herb for flavoring meats, breads, and oils. Known for having a kind of pine-like scent, this earthy herb is the best for making your home smell fresh and clean.

To refresh your home using rosemary, simply boil a few sprigs in water, letting the steam permeate the air. If you want the scent for a specific room like the bathroom or laundry room, try drying the rosemary to place into small sachets or jars around your home.

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Lavender

Lavender is the ultimate wellness ingredient. It’s used in beauty and bath products, skincare, haircare, and a lot more. It features a calming scent that promotes peace and relaxation in your home.

Rather than buy scented products, try creating a simpler, more natural aromatherapy tool via scented sachets. You can fill a small fabric bag with dried lavender buds to inject a clean, floral scent, or a mix of dried flowers for a more complex fragrance.

Place your sachets in your drawers, hang them in your closet, or use them anywhere you want a quick aromatherapy pick-me-up.

Rosemary

Rosemary is a popular herb for flavoring meats, breads, and oils. Known for having a kind of pine-like scent, this earthy herb is the best for making your home smell fresh and clean.

To refresh your home using rosemary, simply boil a few sprigs in water, letting the steam permeate the air. If you want the scent for a specific room like the bathroom or laundry room, try drying the rosemary to place into small sachets or jars around your home.




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