The great outdoors these days smells amazing. Crackling leaves? Crisp fall air? Wood-burning firepits? Check! However, when the windows close and the electric heat starts running, it’s easy for houses to begin smelling a little stale.
Synthetic air fresheners are full of chemicals, and plenty of scented candles smell queasily over-sweet (Caramel Pecan Pie, anyone?)
If you’re desperately looking to freshen up your abode, here are three easy tricks that’ll have your place smelling like a crisp fall day—complete with WiFi and running water!
Make a Simmerpot
If you haven’t been introduced to the magic of simmerpots yet, your life is about to change. They’re so easy to make, and they smell so, so amazing! All you have to do is throw some spices, citrus peels, and/or vanilla beans into a saucepan, add water, and bring to a gentle simmer.
Your entire house will smell like Grandma is baking a batch of her famous spice cookies. Just make sure you add more water to the pot every 30 minutes or so, to keep the spices from burning to the side of the pot.
Try some of these pairings, or create your own:
- cinnamon sticks and orange rinds with whole cloves.
- lemon and orange peel with bay leaves and spices
- vanilla extract and citrus peels
- dried lavender (or lavender essential oil), anise, and spices
- a splash of apple cider, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- cardamom pods, cloves, and cinnamon sticks
Make a Scented Fire
If you’re lucky enough to own a fireplace, here’s an amazing trick to transform your crackling blaze into the very essence of autumn: toss some dried rosemary, cinnamon sticks, or a handful of pinecones onto the fire (or use them as kindling to start a fire). Your entire home will smell like the great outdoors.
Cut a Fall Bouquet
While the leaves are still blazing with fall colors outside, cut a few branches from your favorite trees, bring them inside, and arrange them in a vase filled with water. These brilliant bouquets will last a few days before starting to dry out, but while they last, they smell crisp, fresh, and quintessentially autumn.
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