Let’s face it; we spend a lot of time indoors during the winter trying to stay as warm as possible. However, this quest for warmth also equals to lots of stale air. Add the less than pleasant smells of dirty boots and wet coats and it’s a recipe for less-than-ideal indoor aromas. The good news is there’s a DIY way to combat this side effect of the season. Here are a few homemade scent solutions.
1. Put together a simmering pot
This is an easy way to make your home instantly inviting to all your guests, especially during the holiday season. All you have to do is fill a pot with water and leave it to boil. Then add the ingredients from your favourite recipes. If you’re not sure what to put into your simmering pot, Tipnut has some great ideas. Just make sure to top up the water every 30 minutes or so. Otherwise, the water will evaporate fairly quickly.
2. Make your own gel air freshener
Unlike their store-bought counterparts, homemade gel air fresheners are 100% natural and give you the option to customize the scent to your preference. Plus, they’re not that difficult to make! Check out these easy-to-follow homemade gel air freshener recipes and get ready to give your house a new toxic-free aroma.
3. Design your own reed diffuser
Reed diffusers are a stylish way to add a beautiful aroma to your space, but they are often incredibly expensive. Instead, you can make your own fairly easily by purchasing a reed diffuser bottle (often available at dollar stores) and mixing a few tablespoons of Vodka with some essential oils of your choice. Use the ratio of 12 drops of essential oils per ¼ cup of water. Mix the ingredients together. Place one end of a reed in the solution and let it soak. Then flip it so that the opposite end is submerged. You’ll need to rotate the reeds weekly in order to maintain a fresh aroma.
4. Mix your own deodorizing spray
For a cheaper and more natural alternative to store-bought deodorizers, just mix essential oils with water and vodka or rubbing alcohol and you’re on your way to being able to quickly mask those nasty winter odors. The Prairie Homestead has 10 awesome homemade deodorizing spray recipes that are guaranteed to suit any occasion.
5. Create your own cinnamon-infused candle
You often see these on sale at specialty stores, but you can easily make your own. Buy a plain white candle at least 3 inches in diameter and vertically attach cinnamon sticks (sized accordingly) to the outer circumference of the candle using a hot glue gun. Not only will it produce a pleasant cinnamon smell, but it’ll also look beautiful in any room!