8 Ways to Naturally Fragrance Your Home
There are so many different products that you can use to make your home smell great, whether it’s candles, air fresheners, incense or other types of fragrances… but how many of those products are natural? There are many different natural ways to fragrance your home without chemicals and harsh pollutants. In fact, finding natural ways to fragrance your home is easy, and many methods require little effort. So, whether you love the scent of citrus, lavender, jasmine or something else, read on to learn more about natural ways to fragrance your home.
Not only do flowers help to make your home smell great, they look great too! Living plants are also a natural way to purify the air in your house. So, if you only want to make the occasional visit to the florist, consider growing some of your own. While they may require a little more time and effort than some of the other natural fragrances below, they are definitely worth it.
Simmering waters: Lemon and rosemary room scent
It’s easy to make all-natural room scents. Combine lemon, water, rosemary and vanilla extract and store it in a glass jar (if you like to prepare ahead of time). You can store it in the fridge for one or two weeks. Bring a pot to boil, add all of the ingredients and then reduce to a simmer. It will spread the scent through your house – just make sure the pan doesn’t dry out. Another great recipe to try in the same spirit is to use oranges, cinnamon and cloves. If you find yourself enjoying these simmering waters recipes, feel free to experiment, but as a general rule, citrus works best as a base scent.
Lilac air freshener
Lilac combines the freshness of jasmine, with the subtleties of honey, and is a great scent to use as an air freshener around the house. The fragrance of the lilac tree was considered magical in Celtic culture, but whether you are inspired by the mythology surrounding the plant, or whether you just want an easy and great smelling air freshener, lilac is for you. Combine water, vodka and lilac oil in a spray container and you are on your way!
Deodorise your carpets: Rosemary and lavender carpet powder
Neutralise the bad odours that can so often exist in carpets – sometimes they are so subtle that it’s hard to realise they exist until you have done something about it. Combine baking soda, dried rosemary and lavender oil. Sprinkle over your carpets and let it sit for up to half an hour before vacuuming it up. Your room will smell noticeable fresher! This is a great little routine to try before you do your next vacuum.
Essential oils + pine cones
It’s as easy and natural as it sounds. Essential oils are often used for aromatherapy and are derived from plants. So choose your favourite scent and add a few drops to a few pine cones that can then be decoratively arranged in a small dish or plate. The great thing about this natural fragrance is that it’s extremely easy, looks great, and can be found in a variety of scents whether that be citrus, chamomile, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, and many more. This is a must try!
Baking soda jars
Another easy way to keep your home smelling good that makes use of essential oils is this baking soda jar. Add a half cup of baking soda and four to six drops of the essential oil of your choice and that’s it. Poke a few holes into the lid and place where you desire. Refresh the oil every so often and avoid nasty chemicals with this easy yet effective method to keep your house smelling great.
Whether you make your own, or whether you pick one up from a local supplier, beeswax candles are well known for their air-purifying qualities. They have a soft and desirable honey scent and are a far healthier alternative to many other types of candles such as paraffin based candles, which release carcinogens into the air.
Choose just about any jar type for a homemade diffuser, so long as you can find a cork lid for it. You will also need reeds, which should be reeds made from rattan which you can order online, however make sure they are quite a bit taller than your jars so that they can distribute the scent. You will need to put a hole in the cork for the reeds to protrude from, and then add a base oil (safflower or sweet almond oil – or even plain water), and then add your choice of essential oils. A teaspoon of alcohol at the highest concentration you can find and your work here is done! A great diffuser, and possibly even for a cheaper price than a chemical alternative.
Making sure your home smells fresh – naturally!
So whether you love diffusers, candles, essential oils, fresh air or flowers, there are so many different ways that you can improve the scent and quality of your air at home. There is no need to use harsh chemicals when the alternatives are this easy. So pick a few and try them out! You’ll love the fragrance and can rest assured that it’s totally natural.