Is there anything better than coming home to a great-smelling home? (Aside from coming home to a great-smelling home that also happens to be beautifully clean, of course.) But why stock up on candles when you can find everything you need to freshen things up in the grocery store – possibly without even leaving the produce section? Here are three natural ways to make your home smell nice with the help of your favorite fruit, herbs and spices.
This idea is long lasting and ridiculously simple. All you have to do is collect some of your favorite sources of scent and add them to a pot or slow cooker (rosemary and lemon is a classic, and Rachel Schultz can show you how it's done). Turn up the heat and let it simmer all day long, keeping an eye on the water level and refilling as necessary. A sliced orange, lemon and a couple of bay leaves are a good starting point, but here are five ideas if you find yourself craving essence of fall.
Whether you stick solely to dried herbs and flowers like lavender or rosemary or branch out into your own collection of dried fruit, a batch of homemade potpourri will have your home smelling its best in no time. (Check out Popsugar's version above—you only need a basic bouquet of flowers and some citrus.) Better yet, combine the two and mix up a bowl of dried apples, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves and set it out in a bowl to sweeten things up.
Prefer to freshen up a room and move on? Create your own personal, homemade room spray to keep your place smelling good (Hello Glow has a few ideas, like the chamomille-rosemary version pictured above). You'll need to stray a little further than the fruit section for one of these ingredients, but with the help of your favorite citrus (lemons, limes and oranges, ideally), an empty glass bottle and a little bit of vodka you can create your own super simple spray for every room and occasion. Here's one quick and easy DIY to get you started.
What do you think? Will you be adding one of these ideas to your home?