If you live in any of the Southern States y’all will understand when I say my rooms are suffering from “summer stuffies “. It’s the staleness you can get from having your home closed tighter than your Bank’s Loan Department against a 200 ranked credit score. I already miss the sweet spring breezes and really look forward to the crisp fall smells that drift in from open windows. But until then, I rely on my different air fresheners.
Fire Your Fabreeze
Making your own air freshener spray is a breeze! Mix your favorite Essential Oil, blend or scent to 1/4 c. unflavored Vodka, then add 1/2 c. Distilled water. The Vodka is a carrier and will keep the oils mixed with the water. Place in a sprayer with a fine mist setting. If you are going to apply this to upholstery pieces, do a test spot first and allow it to dry before spraying the crud out of it. Remember, water can leave marks on silk and some Mircofiber pieces.
One of my favorite custom Essential Oil blends is called, Open Air. It took me a long time to master this particular blend, but I really love it.
Open Air Blend
15 drops Lemon, 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 3 drops Geranium, 2 drops Bergamont, 2 drops Jasmine, 2 drops Lavender and 4 drop Neorli
Just start playing around with Essential Oils and you will be hooked ! Essential Oils can be sprayed onto air filters, or used to refresh your own Potpourri! You can also make these simple air fresheners. Using a half pint mason jar, fill it half way with baking soda, add several drops of your favorite Essential Oil, cut out a scrap paper circle, poke holes in it and there you have it! You can place these around the house, in the laundry room, bathroom and fridge! BTW – this is exactly what I sprinkle on my carpets to keep them fresh too!
I Scent A Soap Opera Coming
I mentioned in another post that I strategically place lavender soap bars in with my Linens. You honestly won’t believe how marvelous this smells when you open your linen closet. The Lavender smell with transfer to your linens. BUT! Be sure and place your cut up bars into old cotton socks just in case the oils in the soap leach onto your linens. This is what they mean when they say not all soaps are alike! I love sachet of lavender, but I think they loose their scent much quicker than the soap, which if it is good brand can last for months!
On The Scent!
Make your own Scent disks! This is so simple, I could kick myself for years of prior purchases. If you already purchase scent disks, don’t throw them out when they loose their scent! Melt them down in a microwave and apply and Essential Oil or blend and pour into ice cube trays.
I actually prefer to use the Silicone candy molds, but ice cube trays will work! If you don’t buy those disk, melt down old candles (remove the wick and base first!) in an old double boiler, apply oil or scent and pour into molds.
Reed It And Smile
You may already have everything you need to make your own diffuser. Okay, you might need to run to Michaels and get some reeds, but that would be it. You need oil, alcohol and scent or essential oils.
I use 1/4 c. safflower oil, 2 T. Vodka and 18 drops of essential oils. Mix them together and place them in a glass jar with a narrow opening. The narrow opening helps to slow down the evaporation process. Insert your reeds and after a couple of days once the reeds absorb the oil mixture, your scent will carry! Try one of these combinations; Lavender/Lemon, Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Tangerine, Orange, Vanilla (extract) and patchouli.
Scent Made Simple
Scent is one of those things that should just be there tickling your senses, but not overpowering them. Find a combination of Essential Oils that makes you swoon and use it throughout your house. Obviously one of my favorite scents is Lavender. To me, it smells fresh and clean. Having the house smell like lavender is almost as good as dusting it…..well, that’s what I tell my husband anyway. If it smells clean, then it must be so…..right?!??! And how easy and simple is that?