Winter Detox: 12 Easy Ways To Banish Stale Odors

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Beat the winter blues by freshening your home with scents of summery citrus, herbs & spices. Here are 12 easy DIY air fresheners that can help make that happen…

Lovely DIY Fragrance Bowls Not Only Add Pleasing Smells To A Room, They Look Good Too!

Lovely DIY Fragrance Bowls Not Only Add Pleasing Smells To A Room, They Look Good Too!

  1. Fragrance Bowls: Fill large decorative bowls with clean sand then top with citrus peelings, homemade potpourri, cinnamon sticks and bunches of fresh herbs or fragrant flowers to fill a room with a pleasing, and natural, fragrance.
  2. Simmering Spices, Herbs & Citrus Peels: This is a lovely way to make your home smell warm and inviting. Just fill a pot with water, add your favorite ingredients and simmer all day. This also helps humidify the home a bit. See Simmering Pot Recipes for ideas.
  3. Homemade Gel Air Fresheners: Using plain gelatin, water, salt, essential oil and food coloring, you can make your own gel air fresheners with scents exactly how you want them. See Homemade Smelly Jelly Recipes for instructions.
  4. Fragrant Bedroom Sacks: Fill small fabric sacks about the size of a shoe bag with Homemade Potpourri and tie closed with ribbon to make large sachets. Arrange them with the pillows for a pretty decor effect.
  5. Vanilla & Cloves Air Freshener Spray: 1 cup water, 1 cup household vinegar, 1 TBS vanilla extract, 1 tsp cloves…directions here: Recipe.
  6. Warm Cinnamon: Wrap tea lights with sticks of cinnamon for a pretty display–the cinnamon fragrance will fill the room when the candle is lit and the cinnamon is heated. See Cinnamon Votives (#2 on the list).
  7. Salt Packed Citrus Shells: The salt absorbs stale and nasty odors while the shell releases a fresh, orange smell.
  8. You can make a homemade version of reed diffuser oil with just a few simple ingredients that you can find locally: Mineral Oil, Sweet Almond Oil or Safflower Oil, Vodka, Essential Oils & Water, Liquid Potpourri. See Homemade Reed Diffusers: How-To & Tips for directions.
  9. Stale Room Odor Buster: Simply fill small bowls half way with household vinegar and place them in areas that are out of the way and won’t be spilled. The vinegar will clear the room of stale odors and freshen the room. You could also use bowls of baking soda with dried herbs or flowers mixed in for extra fragrance.
  10. Bathroom Air Freshener: Dip a q-tip in your favorite perfume or essential oil then tape it inside a roll of toilet paper. Each time the roll is used the fragrance will be released.
  11. Fragrant Kitchen: Grow herbs indoors not only for their culinary uses, but to also add lovely scents to the kitchen. Simply brush leaves with your hands to release the plants natural aroma. See 9 Ways To Grow Herbs for tips.
  12. Lemon Air Freshener Spray: 2 cups hot water, 1/8 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup lemon juice. You can also whip up some good, fresh smelling spray with just two ingredients: water or vinegar and essential oils. More info at Homemade Air Freshener Sprays.

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Published: January 25, 2010

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7 Comments to “Winter Detox: 12 Easy Ways To Banish Stale Odors”
  1. Anna B says:

    I recently moved into a condo previously occupied by a long-term chain smoker. When I turned on the heat today (first time since moving in), the whole place smelled like old tobacco. Any ideas on how to deodorize/clean the heating system? I did not notice this problem when I ran the central AC, just with the heat.

  2. Heidi N says:

    My gramma taught me this one. If you have the heater vents you can put fabric softener sheets on them and if you have a large floor vent hang them in there with a bit of string. The lavender and vanilla ones are really great at covering smoke smells.

  3. catmom says:

    Set out several saucers of vinegar before trying to scent the air. The odors will be gone and there is no lingering vinegar smell. Then you can scent your home with a scent you enjoy.

  4. Bridie says:

    Hi,I have just been given a great camper van awing but as it was lying in a shed for quite a while ,it has a really bad old musty smell. any ideas for cleaning and freshening would be much appreciated.

  5. Bridie says:

    Hi, just another bit about the awing ,it is heavy canvas material with windows pretty large ,so would need something to deodourise that would not make it too wet as i would not be able to lift it. Thanks.

  6. Melissa says:

    Dont forget to open your windows! On a clear, sunny da. y, go through your house and open all your windows. After you open the last window, go back to the first window you opened and close them all ib the same order. It freshens the air in your house without letting the temp drop too much.


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