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Face it, your house smells, but we’ve got you covered. There are many things that contribute to your smelly house. Maybe it’s the dog’s blanket, or your kids’ smelly shoes, or the fact that you forgot to take the garbage out last night.
Here are 7 fool-proof DIY projects to make your house smell incredible again!
Easy Simmering Potpourri
2 oranges, sliced up
1 Tbsp. cloves
3 sticks of cinnamon + a sprinkling of ground cinnamon
Cover the above with water. Let simmer all day. Check often to replenish water. At the end of the day, you can put it in the refrigerator to use it again the next day.
You’ll also need:
Fresh citrus fruit (orange, lemon or lime will work)
Fresh herbs or spices
To use, place the salt filled rinds in various places where bad smells tend to linger
1 ounce granulated or powdered gelatin
2 cups cold water, divided
20-30 drops of your choice of essential oil
1 Tablespoon salt
optional, food coloring to tint the air freshener
heat-proof jars to hold the hot gelatin liquid
a disposable chopstick or skewer to use as a stir stick
Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the boiling water and whisk until smooth and all the gelatin is dissolved. Add the salt and the second cup of cold water and whisk. Set aside.
Add the desired amount of essential oil and food coloring, if using, to the jar(s). Quickly pour the hot liquid gelatin over the essential oil and food coloring. Stir until evenly colored.
Allow to cool, uncovered on a heat-proof surface. When it reaches room temperature, place wherever you want a lovely scent. Should last about four weeks if you used enough salt in the recipe to hold off the mold.
Spray paint meant for glass
Fine-tipped marker or pen
1/8-inch wooden dowel rod, 36 inches long, 1 for each diffuser
Paint your bottles, mark the wooden dowels and cut them so they are 9 inches long, mix up your scented oils and slip the wooden dowels into your bottle. The scent might take a day or 2 to start emanating, but when it does it will be worth it!
Place the wicks in the jar and fill with beeswax. Add more beeswax than you think you need. Heat oven to 200 degree F. Place the jars on a cookie sheet and stick them in the oven. Remove candles when all of the wax has melted 45 minutes to an hour. Position wick upright if needed by rolling the end around a pencil. Let cool until wax has hardened. Then trim the wick.
This will not only make your bedroom smell like a spa, it will also help you sleep. Lavender is a herb that is widely known to help with nervousness, anxiety, stress and sleeplessness. Spritz a little of this spray on your linens to help take the edge off of sleeplessness.
Small jar with tight-fitting lid
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) witch hazel or vodka
10 drops lavender essential oil
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) water
Combine your witch hazel or vodka with your essential oils first inside the jar and shake. This needs to be done separately or else the essential oil won’t distribute into the water unless it’s diluted. Add the water, shake for 15-20 more seconds.
With the holidays coming up, it’s always nice to have a homemade option to gift. I love this potpourri recipe, because it’s one of those “set it and forget it” kind of things. This potpourri can be placed in a dish for up to a few months or boil 2 cups water, add potpourri and reduce to a simmer for one-time use.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Slice apples and oranges thin, like really thin. Place in a single layer on cookie sheets and bake for an hour and a half, check every half hour thereafter until they’re dry. Mix with your spices. Allow your potpourri to “marinate” for a day before gifting.
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