Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Heather Skasick
As we usher in the holiday season, we often invite others into our homes to celebrate and spend time together. An easy way to create a festive atmosphere is with a natural air freshener. There are several ways to do this; here, we highlight three simple options. Each one can be customized to suit your favorite scent blends.
Simmer pots help bring the season indoors. This recipe fills the house with a spice-filled aroma and a cozy vibe.
Fill a small pot with 2–3 cups of water, and add the ingredients. Simmer uncovered over low heat. Make sure to keep an eye on the water level and add more as needed to avoid burning the pot. You can reheat the mixture for two to three days before discarding or composting.
There is nothing pleasant about a lingering aroma that the vent can’t eliminate quickly. This citrus-scented spray helps eliminate those unwanted odors from any room in the house.
Fill a small spray bottle two-thirds with distilled water. Add the dish soap, vodka, and the essential oils, as desired. Tighten the spray top, and swirl the mixture for 30 seconds before spraying.
This simple option uses a number of different ingredients. All you have to do is fill a jar or decorative bowl with dehydrated fruits and herbs, cinnamon sticks, or spices. It’ll add a lovely scent to your home as well as an eye-catching flourish.
Danielle Williams is the managing editor for Willow and Sage, The Natural Home Issue, Mingle, and Art Quilting Studio. She lives with her growing family in Orange County, California.