How to naturally fragrance your entire home!

by jessica - October 3, 2016

How to naturally fragrance your entire home is way too easy, more people should be making the switch. Getting rid of those nasty, chemical-filled Glade plugins and Febreeze “room deodorizers” can really improve air quality in your home.

These are my three very simple ways  I use, to naturally fragrance my home.

1. DIY air freshner

2. DIY melt for wax warmers

3. DIY stove-top potpourri

I wanted to share a few recipes from each option. The only one that requires you to be home when scenting and takes different ingredients is the stove-top potporri.

DIY air freshers

Base ingredients:

  • Distilled water-yes you should use distilled. To make your own- boil water for 15 minutes then let it cool to room temperature
  • Vodka, Rubbing alcohol and Witch hazel –any one of these are ok-for preserving and you only need 5tbsp

Combined with any of these essential oils

Summer citrus breeze

  • 5 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

Flower garden

  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil

Pumpkin Spice

  • 5 drops cinnamon
  • 3 drops clove
  • 3 drops nutmeg

DIY melt for wax warmer

This is one of my favorite methods to naturally fragrance my home. It’s cheap YAY 🙂 and suuuuper easy! Also, you can mix and match to create scents because it calls for essential oils!

Ingredients:

  • 8 Tbsp. Beeswax Grated-Can be bought on Amazon, or health food stores.
  • 4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Oil of Choice (jojoba or olive)
  • Essential Oil(s) OR spices
  • 2-4 Teaspoons of Spices (ie: cinnamon, ground cloves, etc.) you can use ones from Penzey’s    OR
  • 20 drops of essential oils- You can do SO many things mixture wise, with essential oils! I love when fall comes around, I have TONS of combos to create that wonder spiced-smell! Here are some recipes.  Summer recipes here 🙂

How to make:

  • Glass Measuring Cup to Melt Items in-measurements will vary, all you do to melt is grate the beeswax, add coconut oil combined with the oil of choice
  • Microwave or Stovetop- you can melt in either appliance, make sure you are stirring until fully melted.
  • Add in oils or spices..or both. 🙂
  • A Mold for the wax melts (you can buy trays at craft stores, ice-cube trays at the dollar store OR you can get them here- this is where I get my trays.

DIY stove top-potpourri

This is my 2nd favorite way to naturally fragrance. If left on the lowest heat setting on your stove, and an every now-and-then stir, it will linger for 2-3 days. The difference is you can use real fruit, herbs and real dried or fresh spices

Ingredients: I like to use oranges, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, lemon, dried cloves, apples, vanilla, the list goes on and on! But here is a list of recipes to get jump start inspiration 🙂 you can also use McCormick ground dry spices instead of the WHOLE dried spices

Directions:

(yes you can do this in a crockpot, and yes I did inclued it)

Stove Top
Add 2-3 cups of water to a small sauce pan and desired ingredients.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Do not let water evaporate (you can add more if needed).
Slow Cooker
Many readers have suggested using a small slow cooker for this! Just place the same ingredients into your slow cooker and let it sit on low all day!

It can’t get any easier to naturally fragrance your entire home. I absolutely love throwing a combo of fresh whole cranberries, fresh sliced oranges and  a few cinnamon sticks, broken in halves along with a strand or rosemary. I then add a few tbsp’s of ground nutmeg, ground clove with a splash of vanilla extract. Add 3-4 cups of water. Simmer on the lowest heat setting for as long as you desire. Depending on what kind of pot you use, will determine how much you are going to make. This is perfect to do early in the morning if you are entertaining for the holidays!

Note- you can use peels from the citrus as well.

Here are thousands of more recipes-this way to naturally fragrance is the most fun, I’m telling you!

Happy scenting 🙂