5 simple, natural and effective tips to get your house smelling lovely

People often say that me and my house have a certain smell – I assume they mean a good one! Seriously though, they do, they say it smells fresh and clean and earthy! I’ll have to take their word for it because I can’t smell it myself – but that happens with scent doesn’t it, we get so used to it that we no longer notice it?

I’m going to give you some clever ideas, aside from the obvious ‘flowers on the coffee table’, to ramp up the scent in your home, the natural way!!

Tips To Scent Your Home Naturally

〉Add a few drops of essential oils to your fabric softener

Hopefully it’s this homemade version, made from vinegar and salt! I use eucalyptus and lemon mostly, and whenever the rinse cycle starts, everyone knows about it (even if this natural scent doesn’t last on your washed clothes).

〉Add essential oils to an old sock

When drying clothes in a clothes dryer, add a few drops of essential oils to an old sock (or any sock really). It really transports a beautiful (natural) scent through your home.

〉Use Banksia pods

Get a Banksia Pod and place one in each room you want a soft, gentle aroma. I get mine from here. You simply drop oils into the little hole on top and let them do their thing. They’re also super cute, don’t you think? Or, another idea is to grab a cinnamon stick, and drop some essential oils onto it. Cinnamon is the obvious choice here, but orange is also lovely. Then, hide these sticks on bookshelves and window tracks, in drawers and wardrobes, topping up as you feel like it.

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〉Get a Simmering Scent Pot going

Simply fill a large saucepan with 1 litre of water and things like apples, oranges, limes and lemons (quartered), cinnamon quills, star anise, cloves and vanilla bean pods, then simmer on a stove, topping up with water as required. It smells DIVINE (trust me!!). And it is a good way to use up any extra, or old fruit you may have lying around!

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〉Make up a bottle of room spray

You have a few choices here: fill a little spray bottle with rosewater and spray away (no need for essential oils); or you could add 2 tbsp water, 2 tsp alcohol (the highest proof you have, the better) and 40 drops of essential oils of choice, to a small 50ml spray bottle, then shake well (before every use) and spray as required.

What do you think? Simple and achievable?

Just because you’ve made the decision to ditch the toxins, doesn’t mean you can’t smell delightful! Gone are the days where we rely on nasty fake fragrances squirting out of automatic plug-in systems to ‘freshen’ the air. Yay!

Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living

Krissy envisions a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humanity and the environment. Her mission is to gently guide individuals toward this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she dedicates her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 100,000 copies of her recipe books, including the award-winning “Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning,” “Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids,” and “The Lifestyle Edit.”

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