As I have mentioned before Fall is my favorite time of the year here in Murfreesboro. The colors of the leaves on trees and watching them slowly float to the ground is what I like to call the ballet of fall. Organic Air Fresheners like the sweet smell of baking once again enters my home, now that it has cooled down in Murfreesboro. Who wants to bake when it is 90 degrees outside? I know I don’t.
Here is a quick tip for your Halloween pumpkin, sprinkle a little cinnamon around the inside and on the cap. Then light the candle in it. Your home will have the intoxicating scent of pumpkin pie yumm.
Why pay for expensive and sometimes toxic air fresheners for your home. I prefer the scent of pumpkin pie over “summer breeze” any day.
Not to mention what is summer breeze anyway my son used to play football for the Murfreesboro Mustangs youth team. There field is next to the dump and let me tell you that summer breeze was not very inviting.
That being said here are some more easy and non-toxic ideas.
Kitchen and whole house scents:
You will need the following items:
- Stove top pot
- Any of your favorite ingredients. Below are some ideas!
Slice any fruit you have in your refrigerator that is going to expire and place it in the pot of water with the spices and herbs you want to use. Bring to boil and let it simmer for as long as you like. Remember to keep adding water as needed so it won’t burn. After you decide to turn it off, let it cool down and save it for another day in the jar and put it in the refrigerator. Here are some good recipe you will enjoy.
- Slice 1 orange, about 5 cinnamon sticks & 2 Tbs of whole cloves
- Slice 2 limes, 1 tsp of vanilla & 1 tsp peppermint extract
- Slice 1 orange & Tbs vanilla
- Slice 1 lime & 1 Tbs coconut extract
- Slice 1 apple, 5 cinnamon sticks & 2 Tbs whole cloves
Fruits you can use:
Lemons, limes, apples, oranges, ginger & cranberries. FYI: Citrus fruits last longest in the pot.
Rosemary, thyme, lemongrass or any fresh herbs with woody or twiggy works best because they last longer. You can use the thinner herbs which still have a great smell to them but they won’t last as long.
Cinnamon, pepper corns, cloves, anise star, or any other sweet smelling spices you like.
Vanilla (my all time favorite), maple, peppermint, coconut and almond. Pretty much whatever you have and like. You can play around and make up your own unique combination that you enjoy having.
For your rooms, bathrooms or cars:
- A mason jar or if you recycle an old tomato sauce jar
- baking soda
- essential oil
- construction paper or I use scrap book paper
You get a mason jar or if you like to recycle your old tomato sauce and put about 1 cup of baking soda in it with about 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil scent. It’s really depends on how strong you want the smell to be. Next cut the paper to the same size of the top of the jar and after puncture holes in it with a needle to let the scent out in to the room. This is ideal for a car, small room or bathroom. Even a closet.
- baking soda
- essential oil
If you like the use air freshener in a spray bottle it is really simple to make your own. You mix some baking soda with your favorite essential oil or you can combine different scents to make your own unique smell. Then you mix in with water in the spray bottle. The baking soda will help with keep the oil and the water mix in well together in the bottle and also it will absorb the oil well to make the smell linger on longer. Here is what you will need
- 20-30 drops of essential oil
- 1Tbl of baking soda
- 8 oz of water
- 1 spay bottle