How your home smells can have an effect on the way you feel. Have a go this weekend and make your very own fragrance for your home. Choose any scent you like and adjust any of these recipes accordingly! Get creative!
- Stove-top potpouri
This is supposedly the best way to get the strongest smell. Depending on the size of your home, it can spread its fragrance relatively well – up to 4 rooms on the same floor. Bring up to a boil and lower down to keep the ingredients simmering on a low fire. Make sure you top up with hot water so that you don’t end up with a burnt smell when all the water evaporates. Consider using a slow-cooker or a fondue pot method as an alternative but for the same effect.
Some delicious recipes to get you started:
- Oranges, cinnamon & cloves in water
- Lemon, rosemary, & vanilla extract in water
- Lime, thyme, mint & vanilla extract in water
- Orange, ginger (fresh or powdered), & almond extract in water
- Pine or cedar twigs, bay leaves, and nutmeg (with the top surface layer grated) in water
2. Bathroom bouquets
Wrap the ends of a bouquet of rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus with twine, then hang the bunch upside down from the shower head in a spot where it won’t get directly sprayed with water. The steam from the shower will carry the aroma through the entire room.
3. Fragrance sprays
Making your own room spray can be a cheaper alternative to Febreeze, and can be sprayed in the room and on fabrics. You only need 5 ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons of Vodka
- 20 drops of Essential Oils
- 1 cup of Water
Decorate your spray bottles by adding dried flowers inside!
4. Reed diffuser
The last DIY project is making your own reed diffuser. This is a much cheaper alternative to buying it in stores. All you need are these 4 ingredients:
- 1/4 cup of Mineral oil (available in grocery and drugstores. Preferred over vegetable oil as it is less viscous and better at carrying the fragrance)
- 2 tbsp Vodka (unflavoured)
- 1/2 tbsp Essential oils (this is really up to you, stop when you get the scent you want!)
- Reeds, of course!
The best container/vase to use ideally has a wide base but small opening as this discourages evaporation.