Eliminating Musty Smells
Saving Money on Air Freshener
Removing Smokey Kitchen Odors
I like to use the air fresheners/deodorizers to make the air more pleasant, but they are a little expensive. Does anyone have any homemade "recipes" using products that most people already keep at home for a solution?
I have a small simmering potpourri crock that I purchased at a garage sale for 25 cents. I keep this out on my kitchen counter and fill half-full with water. Next I add a few cloves, a couple dashes of cinnamon, and a dabble of extract (vanilla, orange, etc). Citrus peels are another great ingredient. Plug in the crock and you have a warm comfortable smell wafting throughout your home that isn't overly pungent like some of those expensive wall-outlet units. (Just be careful to watch your water level of your crockpot as the heat will cause evaporation. You don't want this to run dry.) If you don't have a potpourri crock, any crockpot will do. You may also simmer homemade scents in a small saucepan on the stove.
I have one of those electric crockpot potpourri burners and I make my own scents to put in it. These are items most people have on hand or are cheap enough to buy to have on hand.
1 1/2 cups warm water or manufacturers direction
4 cinnamon sticks broken into pieces
1 tsp. imitation vanilla
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ginger or 1 medium piece of crystallized ginger
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil (helps with binding the scents and rapid water absorption)
Mix together and enjoy. Your family and friends will be searching the cupboards to find the goodies you baked that made the house smell so good.
Simmer a sliced apple and a couple of cinnamon sticks in some water on your stove. The whole house will smell like apple pie.
To quickly get rid of odors (especially fish), simply heat some white vinegar on the stove (DON'T boil!), and after about 30 minutes, remove it. The slight vinegar smell dissipates quickly and takes any odors with it.
I have gradually changed my cleaning products to products I make myself. I have really saved a lot of money, and my house has never been cleaner. We also never have to worry about toxins. Here are the air fresheners that I have found work best.
Potpourri in a small dish might work for a while to freshen your air. You could try making your own.
I just love the smell that comes after cleaning with those expensive orange cleaners, but I often can only afford to use regular old diluted bleach or Windex. Here's my secret to having an orange-fresh house all the time. When you buy oranges at the grocery store, they usually wind up in a fruit bowl. Right? Next time, before they go in the bowl, grate a bit of the zest off one side of each orange. The whole house will smell like it was just cleaned.
One of my favorite tips is to put a drop of a very inexpensive "perfume" on a light bulb in each room. I found a jasmine-scented body spray for 50 cents, and it's lasted me for quite awhile.
Also, if there is an "odor" I want to remove, I pour a little white vinegar on an old washrag and wipe the walls down lightly with it. As soon as it's dry, the place smells clean and "sweet" without the perfume. Another of my favorites is to tuck away a dryer sheet under the couch or some other hidden spot.
Scented rocks make a great air freshener. Mix 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup flour in a bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon of a favorite essential oil and 2/3 cup boiling water and a few drops of a food coloring to create a desired shade. Blend all ingredients, form into balls, and allow to dry.
For the bathroom, dampen a cotton swab with your favorite perfume or cologne and swab the inside of a toilet paper roll. Each time the toilet paper is rolled, a fresh scent will fill the room.
Another way to purify the air is to dampen a cotton ball with pure vanilla extract, place in a dish and set in odorous area of the house. A dish with three cotton balls is great for the living room. A room in which heavy smoking occurs might require another dish.
Here's an easy recipe. Make a small amount of Plaster of Paris, but use liquid potpourri instead of water. You can buy inexpensive candy molds at many stores. Pour the liquid POP into the molds and let it dry completely. Pop them out and you have scented rocks of a sort. Put them in a mesh bag and hang in your car, or put them in the ashtray if you don't use it. When you open the ashtray, the smell comes out.
I have a recipe that my daughter gave me. They are inexpensive and fun to make. The name on the recipe was called Gel Air Freshener, but we changed the name to "Smelly Jelly."
2 cups Concentrated Potpourri Liquid
4 envelops Knox gelatin
1 tablespoon salt (to deter molding)
Heat 1 cup potpourri until almost boiling. Remove from heat. Add 4 envelopes Knox Gelatin and 1 tablespoon salt. Stir until dissolved. Add remaining 1 cup potpourri. Pour into clean jars and allow to set. If in a hurry, lightly cover and refrigerate them to speed the process.
I add food coloring if I don't like the color. This can be put in a vase, and as it starts to set, place artificial flowers in the vase. The flowers seem to be real because they have a smell.
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