Monday, May 26, 2014

natural room deodorizer

Homes have a distinctive scent.  Ever noticed that?  

I am a wee-little bit obsessed with having my home smell good. I admit it!

I love the smell of a freshly cleaned home, fresh flowers, opened windows in early spring, or a yummy meal almost ready to emerge from the oven
It's the lingering smell of roasted garlic from last night's dinner or the trash that didn't get taken out that I really don't love at all. That's when the air in my home could use a little sprucing up.

A simple natural room deodorizer is such a lovely solution. Sure, you can buy lots of candles and room fresheners but those can be expensive and add unnecessary chemicals to your home. What could be easier than simmering water with the addition to sweet smelling spices, herbs and fruit to fill your home with a subtle, pleasant scent. The truly beautiful part? There are no "real" guidelines and seemingly endless possibilities! Think of the scents you love and base your blend around that. Combine citrus, herbs, spices and extracts to come up with your own signature scent. Or change it up based on what you have on hand or for the various seasons. I love warm spicy scents in the fall {orange, cinnamon and cloves} and more citrus notes in the spring {limes and mint}. 

This simple, natural room deodorizer is one I'm quite fond of lately. It is a wonderful blend of rosemary, lemon and vanilla. I've seen others claim this as the Williams Sonoma smell. Can't go wrong there!

Just toss a sliced lemon, 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract into a saucepan. Fill about 2/3 with water, place it on the back burner and turn the heat to low. 

Nothing could be simpler than tossing a few ingredients in a saucepan and letting them simmer away. In a short time your kitchen will smell divine and the scent will continue to travel throughout your home. Keep an eye on the pot and add water as needed to prevent burning. Want a stronger scent? Just add more of your ingredients to the water. This mix can be used for up to two days.

{Gifting idea:}
Combine your favorite combo, right down to the water, and place in a mason jar. Attach a ribbon and little note of instruction and give as a hostess gift. Now, who wouldn't love that?