You may be worried about having guests over this holiday season for more than one reason. If one of the reasons is maintaining a pleasant scent in your home then there is no need to fret. Many people think the only way to have a home with a delightful aroma means you have to use chemical products. Keeping your home smelling fresh and clean does not mean having to inhale chemicals. There are many natural ways to create a fragrant home. Browse below for different ideas and scents you can create yourself without adding unwanted chemicals.
- 4-5 cups water
- 1 large orange
- 6-7 sprigs of fresh balsam
- 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6-8 whole cloves
- 1-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Add the water to a medium saucepan. Cut the orange in half and slice the one half into 6. Place the slices in the water and add the rest of the ingredients. Squeeze the other half of the orange in the saucepan and once it boils on medium-high heat put on simmer. Check every half hour and add water as needed.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour a teaspoon of vanilla on a piece of tinfoil around 3 inches wide. Turn off the oven and place the foil inside. Leave the oven door open a small amount.
- Rolling Pin
- Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp ground cloves
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ½ cup white glue
- Cinnamon sticks
Thinly slice the fruits and place them on a cooling rack and then into a 180 degree preheated oven until completely dry. Keep the oven door open slightly so the moisture can escape.
While the apples and oranges are drying in the oven mix cinnamon, cloves, applesauce, and glue together with a metal spoon. Cover the dough and let it sit for one hour.
Roll out the dough, adding more applesauce or cinnamon if necessary. Cut out pieces with a gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place the gingerbread men on a baking sheet sprinkled with cinnamon and add to the oven with the fruit slices. When both are dry remove from the oven and place in a bowl with a handful of cinnamon sticks. Place the bowl in whichever room you desire.
Mix 1/2 cup of glue and 2 cups of applesauce together. Then add 2 cups of cinnamon, mixing until a dough. Roll out the dough on parchment paper, adding a pinch of cinnamon if the dough is too sticky. Cut out shapes on the dough using cookie cutters. Use a straw to punch out a hanging hole at the top of each cutout. Place the cutouts onto a new sheet of parchment paper using a spatula. Allow the ornaments to dry completely. Use fabric paint to paint on designs.