So, it’s the doldrums of winter and you’re trapped inside on yet another snow day. Your house is starting to smell a little like a hamster cage but you can’t remember ever buying one. I know the feeling! And during these dark days of winter here on the east coast, it’s hard to get fresh air inside without blowing your heating bill. Our sense of smell is very powerful and can evoke certain moods, feelings, and even stir up old memories. Chances are that when you smell an apple pie, it reminds you of dinners at Granny’s house when you were a child. So, if you’re ready to kick the hamster smell to the curb, why not try some homemade air fresheners?
I have tried a few different air scent recipes which I will share here. It’s easy to put together a few things in a pot, bring to a boil and let it simmer, infusing a wonderful smell that will permeate your house with freshness.
I love lemon, so I tried this one first.
Lemon Pine Scent
Pine branch sprigs or a few drops of pine or evergreen oil
About 2 cups of water
Cut up the lemons, keeping the skins on and put in pan with water and pine. Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer. Simmer as long as you want, but never leave your stove on unattended. This recipe can even be used 3-4 more times by refrigerating in between uses and reheating when you want.
Cinnamon Spice Scent
Cinnamon sticks or a few drops of cinnamon oil
2 cups water
Boil the cinnamon sticks and cloves in water and then reduce temperature to simmer.
Now these recipes are a wonderful way to freshen your air while avoiding all the harsh chemicals that commercial plug ins and sprays have. Many store-bought products include ingredients that are hormone disruptors or can even cause cancer. These homemade deodorizers have a two-fold health benefit; not only are you avoiding toxins, but you are humidifying your home which is critical for healthy skin and respiratory systems in the winter.
So, why not try and whip up some of your favorite smells. Get creative! Try vanilla extract and cinnamon to create a “snickerdoodle cookie” scent, or if you love a floral smell, try some rose petals or even a dash of your favorite perfume in some water and enjoy a fresh-smelling home!