While most of the garden is asleep in winter, citrus trees are filled with sweet, tart fruit ready for picking.
Have you ever sprayed air-freshener in your home? Does it ever smell like the fragrance described on the can?
I must confess that I have used air-fresheners in the past, but I was never happy with how my house smelled afterward. To me, the fragrances were so ‘artificial’ and I also wondered if there were some ingredients in these sprays that maybe weren’t so healthy to be inhaling.
So, I was quite intrigued when I heard about ‘natural’ air fresheners made from plants – many of which I had in my own garden.
Imagine if your home had the natural fragrance of citrus paired with your favorite herbs drifting throughout. No overpowering, artificial fragrance, just subtle, refreshing scents.
The combinations are endless and the fragrance is released into the air by adding the contents of jar and enough water to fill a small pot at least 1/2 – 3/4 full. Heat to boiling and then turn the heat down to low and allow it to simmer for a couple of hours. That’s it!
So are you as excited about creating your own ‘natural’ air fresheners as I am?
Let’s get started with some ingredients that can be used to create your own unique fragrant combination(s):
All types of citrus are refreshing and can serve as the base of your air freshener. I chose lemons, oranges and limes. But, if you have a grapefruit tree that is overly generous with its fruit, they would work well too!
Now let’s grab some herbs from the garden (or grocery store)….
Rosemary and lavender would also work great, but I didn’t have any growing in my garden.
I also decided to use vanilla extract and peppercorns in my mixtures.
Are you ready for the fun part and make some wonderful natural fragrance combinations?
Here are a few that I made…
I love cooking (and eating) Italian food – even though I have not Italian ancestry that I know of. So, I like this combination of 1 sprig of basil, 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns and a few slices of lemon – it makes my home smell fresh as I imagine an Italian kitchen would smell like.
I added these ingredients to jam jars and filled them with water to the top…
I think it looks pretty, don’t you?
Of course, if you will use them right away, skip the jar and add directly to a small pot. Pour more water until it reaches 3/4 full, heat to boiling, lower the heat to low and enjoy for a few hours – KEEP an eye on the water level and add more as needed – DON’T let it dry out.
Here is another combination that I love…
A few slices of lime, 4 – 5 sprigs of thyme, a sprig of mint and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
You can make up one air freshener at a time, or make a few and store them in the refrigerator for a week or freeze them for longer until ready to use – just make sure to freeze them in a freezer-safe container such as a wide-mouth jar, like I have.
Lastly, this is my favorite combination and only has two ingredients…
Oranges and vanilla extract.
I sliced half an orange and added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
The fragrance reminds me of the orange sherbet / vanilla ice-cream that I ate when I was a child.
You can also add cinnamon sticks or a few whole cloves to this mixture for a more spicy fragrance.
If you have ever stepped into a Williams & Sonoma store, they have their own natural air freshener recipe:
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
In addition to the ingredients that I have used, here are some others that you can experiment with to create your own unique natural air freshener: citrus peels, apple peels, almond extract, peppermint extract, coconut extract, ginger, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, whole cloves, bay leaves, basil, sage, lavender, oregano and rosemary.
Have fun creating your own fragrance combinations.
If you want to add a little freshness to your home, don’t waste your time spraying artificial fragrance through your home. You can create wonderful combinations of scents using items in your garden, refrigerator and pantry.
**For additional fragrant combinations, click here.
I hope you enjoy making these natural air fresheners as much as I do!
The past couple of days have been filled with the normal things that make up my life….taking care of my family, landscape consults, blogging, etc. But, one of the things that I love and sometimes don’t love about life are the unexpected things that sometimes cross my daily path.
You know at first, how it can be kind of fun for a kid to have a cast and/or brace? That is until they realize how restrictive it is. I was asked, “Do I have to wear this all the time? Even when I sleep?” This morning, he asked me if he had to wear it when he played his video game 😉