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Okay, we are striving toward a 99.9% natural home and we're almost there...

BUT, when we were selling (and showing) our last house, I went out and bought one of those chemical-laden, plug-in air perfumers that smelled like apple cinnamon (it was autumn). And I really kind of liked it! While I do not want anything like this in my home again, how can scent my house more aggressively with natural ingredients?

Any ideas? Boiling mulling spices in a pot? Spraying water with EOs into the air? I don't want to do this every single day, but it's nice sometimes. Oh, and we don't have carpets so I can't do the vacuuming baking soda/cinnamon thing anymore (which I highly recommend!) Give me your tricks! Thanks!

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Lurking for ideas. I hate to admit it, but we have one of those above the cats' litter box (same scent), and it makes so much difference. Of course, I'm sure that what it's spraying into the air is way more toxic than what the cats leave behind, but....

That, and I'm beginning to notice the chemically smells of things more and more, and it's starting to bug me a bit....

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Sticking a bunch of cloves into a fresh orange and leaving it out on the counter top makes for a wonderful smell and beautiful display!

Sorry I don't know if you want only the smell of apple cinnamon or just other nice smells.
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Oooh, I'm glad to see this thread!

I just love how some others homes always smell so 'homey'. I've always wanted that but minus all the plug in's and such, so I'll be watching this thread!

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I just use essential oils. I have one of the candle diffusers where you put water in the top, add the oil, light the candle and it makes the whole room smell wonderful.

I had a fan diffuser that I liked but it wore out. I'll probably get another one.
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These are great ideas. I so wish I could take those plug-in thingys, dump out the chemicals and pour lavender EO in it! I don't think that would work somehow, though.

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Oh, I just posted about this on our blog!

Here are a few options:
  • lamp ring diffusers (ceramic ring, put EOs in it, put it on a bulb and then the bulb heats the ring and releases the scent)
  • those reed diffusers (turn over different numbers of reeds in EOs to make more/less smell)
  • soy or beeswax candles
  • EO diffuser lit by a tea candle (this is what we use)

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I love candles, I have one of the candle burners that you dont' have to light the candle for and I leave it where my daughter can't get ahold of it. Its vanilla scented and just leaves the lightest fragence when its turned on. I also have some all natural room scents that I got at the same place I get my daughters diaper creme/powder at (shes really sensitive so I have to special order anything for her-otherwise we get rashes and sores).

The orange and clover thing works really well! My mother and grandma use to do that during the holidays and every time I smell that it reminds me of back home.

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I used to love the lightbulb rings but they don't work on the oddly shaped low energy bulbs.

I recently discovered if I spray the shower curtain with essential oil on a regular basis the bathroom remains nice smelling.

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I used to love the lightbulb rings but they don't work on the oddly shaped low energy bulbs.

I recently discovered if I spray the shower curtain with essential oil on a regular basis the bathroom remains nice smelling.
Oooh. I had no idea that they don't work on the low energy bulbs. (I refuse to use them most places in my house because as a photographer, I'm sensitive to light colors and I absolutely HATE the color of light that they produce.

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The low energy bulbs don't usually get very hot so it wouldn't work that way & the shape of them wouldn't really hold the ring so well. I've never actually tried it - I've just assumed.

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Someone should invent one that fits over twisty bulbs. I'll buy it!

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You could simmer some cinnamon sticks and cloves in water on your stove (or you could do it in a microwave if you have one) for a while. Or in apple juice, then drink your cider a little later for a treat.

Here's my mom's Hot Apple Punch recipe, which I love. I usually think of it as a winter thing, but even on this hot evening, I would go for a glass! I've done it in my slow cooker too.

Combine in a large pot:
2 L apple juice
2/3 c. sugar (optional)
Tie together in a cloth or use a soup spice holder and add to juice mixture:
2 t. whole allspice
2 t. whole cloves
5 cinnamon sticks
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or more.
Add and simmer another 10 minutes:
1 L cranberry juice
2 c. orange juice
Remove spices and serve hot. This punch could simmer for a long time.

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You could simmer some cinnamon sticks and cloves in water on your stove (or you could do it in a microwave if you have one) for a while. Or in apple juice, then drink your cider a little later for a treat.

Here's my mom's Hot Apple Punch recipe, which I love. I usually think of it as a winter thing, but even on this hot evening, I would go for a glass! I've done it in my slow cooker too.

Combine in a large pot:
2 L apple juice
2/3 c. sugar (optional)
Tie together in a cloth or use a soup spice holder and add to juice mixture:
2 t. whole allspice
2 t. whole cloves
5 cinnamon sticks
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or more.
Add and simmer another 10 minutes:
1 L cranberry juice
2 c. orange juice
Remove spices and serve hot. This punch could simmer for a long time.
That sounds SOOOOOO good! I must make it!

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I love vanilla scent the most...sprinkle some in a glass bowl and microwave it with some water and let it steam its scent out into the room

I have heard of sprinkling cinnamon on the stove element on low?

(never tried it)

I have essential oils and a little burner...love lavender
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Does it work really well?
It works good for scenting one or two rooms, but not a whole house. I usually only leave it plugged in for a few hours, I worry about forgetting about it...but it really diffuses the EO scent well for the room it's in.
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Sticking a bunch of cloves into a fresh orange and leaving it out on the counter top makes for a wonderful smell and beautiful display!

Sorry I don't know if you want only the smell of apple cinnamon or just other nice smells.
YEAH! They're called Pomander balls. I made a basket full for Christmas last December. I put the cloves in decorative patterns (it helps to stab the holes in with a skewer then put the whole clove in). We put them in a basket with those scented pine cones you can get at crafts stores around Christmas. It smelled heavenly. You can also do this with clementines and hang them on a Christmas tree (should you celebrate Christmas).

Also, try to open your windows fairly regularly. It'll help freshen things up (though it won't really ADD any yummy smells).

There's also baking. Nothing makes a house smell better than cookies (especially Snickerdoodles) or brownies in the oven, kwim?
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Oooh. I had no idea that they don't work on the low energy bulbs. (I refuse to use them most places in my house because as a photographer, I'm sensitive to light colors and I absolutely HATE the color of light that they produce.
Treehugger has written about CFLs and light quality. You can actually get a lot of different types of light depending on the type of CFL and the quality. My favorite kind are the "daylight" bulbs but DH likes the warmer ones that seem more like incandescent bulbs.
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I keep seeing those reed diffusers...the ones in bottles? Do they work? I'm kind of weary but am tired of the stink.

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I had a reed diffuser in my office at work & it did NOT work at all. Not even the first day - I couldn't smell anything but my office mates stinkiness - lol!

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Dont know if this was mentioned but you can use Ball Jar lids for ring diffusers. (But do they work on the new style of lightbulbs?)
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My closet smells really good because I saved the pine needles from my Christmas tree to sew into little bags. They are just sitting in a plastic grocery bag, waiting, lol. I love how vacuuming after Christmas smells since there are usually pine needles in the vacuum bag and that scent gets released until I change the bag. And I have a clove apple in my t-shirt drawer which lightly scents my clothes.

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I keep seeing those reed diffusers...the ones in bottles? Do they work? I'm kind of weary but am tired of the stink.
I bought some of the smaller $5 diffusers from Target and they worked very well. I found the smell to be too strong for me to use all of the time so what I did was buy some bottles of the liquid you're supposed to boil/heat and then I diluted them w/ water and used them as refills. Not only do I get to pick the scent and change it as often as I want, but I can control the strength of the scent and it's much cheaper than buying new reed diffusers all of the time.
Even though I change out the scented liquids, the smell from the previous scent doesn't remain in the reeds.

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I keep seeing those reed diffusers...the ones in bottles? Do they work? I'm kind of weary but am tired of the stink.
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You could simmer some cinnamon sticks and cloves in water on your stove (or you could do it in a microwave if you have one) for a while. Or in apple juice, then drink your cider a little later for a treat.
So you'll be putting on the next batch of this.. when? :

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YEAH! They're called Pomander balls. I made a basket full for Christmas last December. I put the cloves in decorative patterns (it helps to stab the holes in with a skewer then put the whole clove in). We put them in a basket with those scented pine cones you can get at crafts stores around Christmas. It smelled heavenly. You can also do this with clementines and hang them on a Christmas tree (should you celebrate Christmas).
Love those, bonus that they look nice & festive

If you have a garbage disposal.. cut an orange up into small sections and blitz a little bit in it Puts a lovely citrus scent thru the whole kitchen. I'm getting on the bicarb + EO bandwagon and am going to test out some scents for 'crapet sprinkles' (I hate carpet can ya tell lol). I love vanilla as well and get some really nice wax melts from a lady at the weekend markets that are just great. Our house has an awful musty odour due to rising damp thru the foundation (we rent *sigh*) so I am ALWAYS doing one of the above things so that ppl that visit don't think we stink! lol

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fresh flowers and plants will help clean the air

open windows as often as possible

change air filters in your ventilation system every month

boil cinnamon, cloves, etc. in water on the stove

eo on cotton balls is great for small areas, like closets and cabinets

odor collect in fabric, so air out or wash things like throw pillows, curtains, throws every so often
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Oh, and we don't have carpets so I can't do the vacuuming baking soda/cinnamon thing anymore (which I highly recommend!)
Do share how you do this and I can share some tips as well!

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