How to Use Household Spices as Air Fresheners
Cloves and Oranges
Spice Up Your Life ~
What is more inviting than to have aromatic spices wafting through your home in the wintery days and nights?
Warm fragrant smells from essential oils, scented candles and incense joss sticks are something I adore to smell at home.
Making your own air fresheners using common spices is easy and natural without any of the chemicals found in commercial products.
Store bought air fresheners have been found to have harmful chemicals, a particular worry for anyone prone to asthma and allergies, another important reason to steer clear of them.
What I love is the fact spices may be combined with herbs, fruits, extracts and essential oils of your choice to make unique signature fragrances that not only smell divine but look gorgeous as decorative features around the home.
The Spice Bazaar, Istanbul
Turkish Delight ~
With so many spices available throughout the world, many of us will have some already in our cupboards that we use for cooking.
One of my most intoxicating introductions to spices of the world was in Istanbul, Turkey. Roaming through the world famous indoor Spice Bazaar, the senses were stimulated beyond belief.
The aromas, textures and colors were a powerful combination that has stayed with me through the years. The Spice Bazaar remains the centre of the spice trade in the city dating back to 1660 and worthy of a visit when visiting Istanbul.
With it's major significance in the world spice production, it is no surprise it is the third biggest spice producing country in the world behind India and Bangladesh.
Freshner With Lemon
Easy Homemade Recipes ~
These easy, quick and fragrant fresheners may be tweaked for personal taste and for seasonal changes.
The warm spicy, oriental aromatics ideal for the winter months may be substituted for fresh, green, floral bouquets for spring and summer.
Use whatever you have growing in your garden combined with the store cupboard.
Whole, sliced, powdered or grated experiment using different techniques as they add great variety and scents to your homemade room fresheners.
These fresheners not only smell terrific but look stunning!
All you need is a glass jar with tight fitting lid, water and a heat source.
What could be easier?
5 Of The Best ~
- Cloves, Cinnamon and Orange (Anise and Allspice optional additions)
- Vanilla, Rosemary and Lemon
- Ginger (powdered or fresh), Almond Extract and Orange
- Nutmeg, Bay leaves, Pine twigs (use other fragrant twigs like cedar as a variation)
- Thyme, Vanilla Extract, Mint and Lime
The Freshness Of Sliced Lime
Are you keen to try making your own air fresheners?
Air Freshener Ideas Using Household Ingredients
How To Make ~
- The beauty with these infused simmering water fresheners is they can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 1 or 2 weeks. Another great bonus is there is no exact measuring needed but a matter of what you want in the jar and the ingredients on hand.
- To start with, pick a large clean glass jar that holds approximately a pint of liquid.
- Pick your fragrance combination and add to the jar. Slices of citrus and citrus peel combined with fresh herb leaves or sprigs look great with whole spices (cinnamon sticks, ginger root and nutmeg whole and grated are wonderful.
- Add a few drops of your fragrance extracts.
- When you have enough packed into the jar, fill it with water and pop it into the fridge until you want to use it. It is best to add all the ingredients, including the water for best possible fresheners and will last 1-2 weeks.
- Freezing is also an option if your jars are freezer-safe and may be stored with or without water added for at least 2 weeks.
12 more exciting ideas and recipes ~
- Winter Detox: 12 Easy Ways To Banish Stale Odors : TipNut.com
12 excellent ways to make air fresheners at home including salt packed citrus shells, vanilla and clove air freshener spray and tea lights wrapped in cinnamon . . . . Yummy!
Teapot and Warmer ~
Ideas for Heat Source ~
Top Of The Stove:
This method will generate scent the quickest and furthest throughout your home. Similar to commercial air fresheners, it may not reach every room in the house. The easiest way is to pour your jar contents into a saucepan and just let slowly simmer for however long you want. Obviously you need to make sure you keep the water level good so as not to burn your pot. This will release wonderful aromas through the house and you may double or triple the quantities for a more intense fragrance. This method is great for banishing stale cooking odours, smoke and for creating an inviting ambiance when having visitors. A great alternative to the baked bread or percolated coffee aromas suggested when selling your property.
Uncovered Slow Cooker:
This method uses less electricity and releases scent more slowly. Ideal on low setting slow cookers it may be left all day if needed and will not boil dry. If you are concerned with the mixture boiling dry then you can attach a lamp timer so that it will automatically shut off at a desired time. A good tip for kick starting the fragrance is to microwave it for a few minutes before adding to the slow cooker.
This works similarly to the mug warmer and is another great way of introducing air fresheners naturally into the home. Put your scented mixture into the bowl that normally takes the candle wax. Make sure the liquid is hot to start with before adding to the bowl. This will only give off mild scent as more heat and steam is needed for intense aromas. Candle warmers are perfect for a small room or as one of a few heat sources in a large room.
Fondue Pots are a fantastic ready to go portable fragrance station. Ideal for small rooms they will give a subtle release of scent as it works on a low level of heat. Boil up your room freshener first before adding it to the fondue container. Small ceramic ones that work with tea light candles will only last maximum 4 hours so replace the candle if needed. Why not set this up in your hall or dining room to add interest and a wonderful mild aroma?
If you have one, these may also be used but will only keep the mixture warm, not heat it. It will provide a subtle scent and is a great portable station to put in any small room particularly a bathroom or an office.
This is another great way of introducing your wonderful scents. The ones with tea lights look gorgeous set up with a bowl of colourful spices, fruits and herbs on the top. You may have room for 2 or 3 tea lights which will give a better amount of heat and steam. Remember they will only last up to 4 hours usually and will need replacing. As with any candles and open flames, pick your spot where to place them carefully. I love candles but I do not leave unattended candles around . . . . ever!
Flowers and Petals
Best Tips ~
- Keep a small bag of extra slices of citrus or even frozen cranberries (for color) in the fridge that may be added in to your pots and bowls to freshen them up.
- Believe it or not these air fresheners may be re-used up to 3 times. After the mixture has cooled pour it back into the jar and keep in the fridge. Whilst the water will look cloudy, the smell should still be great. Keep checking the scent and as long as it smells good it is okay to use.
- These make fantastic gifts for anyone! Why not bring this as a gift when visiting family or friends at Christmas or any gathering? A creative gift will be much appreciated!
- Looking for a unique easy table centrepiece or display? These tick every box. Make up as many jars of scented water as you need a group of 3 looks good but the more the merrier! Why not have a mix of jars or pick ingredients to color co-ordinate with your room and table setting. All you have to do is remove the lids of the jars and pop on a floating candle – hey presto an instant, eye-catching natural centrepiece. Experiment with height by adding inverted jars to hold your air fresheners.
The Appeal of Orange Peel
Fresh Root Ginger
Savings Tips ~
There are many amount of ingredients that we can utilize from our cooking that may get thrown out or sent to the compost heap. Ever wondered what to do with that tiny bit of root ginger we did not use up or what to do with the orange skins after extracting the juice? Read on!
Old Spices – Keep expired spices as they still smell good even when they have lost their flavour for cooking. Ideal for your air freshener recipes!
Orange Peel – After eating an orange, keep the orange peel as it is packed with scent and perfect for your scented potions. Just store in the refrigerator or freezer them for future use. If you have juiced an orange hang on to the skin in the same way.
Lemon and Lime Skins – In the same way as for oranges, store leftover pieces after juicing citrus fruits, they still smell fabulous!
Expire Fruit Juices – Ever thrown these out, well from now on keep them as a replacement for water in your mixtures.
Leftover Ginger – Any pieces you have left just slice them up and pop into the freezer until you need them.
Leftover Herbs – In the same way, any fresh herbs and sprigs you plan on dumping or feel have expired will still be wonderfully fragrant so freeze them for later on. Keep an eye out in the supermarket for near expired herbs that will be much cheaper and ideal for air fresheners, homemade beauty products and cooking.
Recycled Glass Jars - Keep any old sauce, coffee, jam or honey jars and store away to use as air freshener jars. Small jars may still be made up and used or given as gifts.
Author Info ~
Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ
Credit to homesteadbound ~
All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs