With winter I have become obsessed with making the house smell fresh. It’s cold so opening a door is not ideal.
I do love candles but can’t really burn them when Miss Bee is awake. I also love reed diffusers. But those reed diffusers can be expensive when you buy ones that smell nice. My current favourite is called Marshmallow, but to me it’s kind of a vanilla musk smell. Great for the bedroom but not so much for the kitchen or bathroom. In those areas I prefer a citrus fresh smell, nothing soapy anywhere.
I also dislike chemicals and favour natural products whenever possible.
While searching for natural air freshener ideas I came along a recipe for gel fresheners. It seemed fairly simple so I have given it a whirl.
I bought some essential oils in Lemon Verbena and Lime.
I used this recipe as I wasn’t keen on wasting vodka in an air freshener like some recipes.
So far the smell is good. One didn’t gel quite as well but I am not sure why.
I used an empty jar, a glass dish and two crystal vases.
Apparently you can use it in the car. I would make it thicker using more gelatin for the car.
Here are some ideas and links about natural home fragrance:
- Plants: I have added some indoor plants and have to agree they work well. I am not an indoor gardener traditionally so have used water well pots. I really want to add a Dracaena and a philodendron. Of course a large fern in the bathroom would be stunning. I have to avoid chrysanthemums and ivy as both (ironically) make me sneeze. Spider plants attract me but so far I haven’t found them at the gardening centre and no friends have one to grab baby ones from. Will keep my eyes out! All of the pots I have purchased are white, there is something about the simplicity of white that I love with a green plant. Mum bought me a plant in a red pot- it is now in the kitchen as “Xena” my Kitchen Aid is red so it matches in.
- Clean with organic cleaners so that your kitchen and bathroom don’t smell of chemicals and bleach. Bicarbonate soda is a popular choice. Personally I like the results from salt and vinegar and a scrubbing brush.
- Fragrance with natural products Here are a list of different recipe ideas.
- Empty your bin frequently (especially if there is something smelly in it)
- Use your extractor fan to clear cooking odours, leave it running until after dinner is finished to make sure all residual smells are whisked away.
- I can’t wait to try the cinnamon floor deodoriser in the link above! Sounds like it would smell amazing and be cheap and natural too.
- For a quick fix… brew coffee!