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!

  1. 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:

  1. Oranges, cinnamon & cloves in water
  2. Lemon, rosemary, & vanilla extract in water
  3. Lime, thyme, mint & vanilla extract in water
  4. Orange, ginger (fresh or powdered), & almond extract in water
  5. Pine or cedar twigs, bay leaves, and nutmeg (with the top surface layer grated)  in water

2. Bathroom bouquets

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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

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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:

  1. 2 tablespoons of Vodka
  2. 20 drops of Essential Oils
  3. 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. 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. 2 tbsp Vodka (unflavoured)
  3. 1/2 tbsp Essential oils (this is really up to you, stop when you get the scent you want!)
  4. Reeds, of course!

The best container/vase to use ideally has a wide base but small opening as this discourages evaporation.

 

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