DIY Natural Home Deodorizer

2:46 PM

It may smell a little like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but one thing is for sure, it can make any house feel like home. We just bought a home that was in foreclosure, so it had been sitting vacant for who knows how long. Every time I walked in the door, I was saddened by the smell because it just didn't smell like our home yet. 

So one day I ate an orange as part of my lunch and placed the peels in a small pot with some water. I sprinkled in about 1 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of ground cloves. Then I brought it to a boil and turned down the heat to let it simmer and steam. Add more water as needed. Within minutes my house felt like a home! 


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  1. I've been doing that for years now and it TOTALLY WORKS! Put a bay leaf in and it adds a neat level to the smell ;)

  2. Ashley @Allroadsleadtohomelove.blogspot.comAugust 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I have a pot that is used specifically for fragrance purposes. When we travel to our vacation home in the Upper Peninsula that's the first thing I do after we unpack is start the pot up.

  3. That is such a great idea! I'm going to have to do this in our apartment!!

  4. I have question is there a receipe to make into a spray or maybe a put in a liquid frangrance type candle where the tea light is on bottom and u melt whats on top?