How to Create Home Fragrances Using Household Ingredients

Spices, fruit and flowers can have your entire home smelling sweet in no time.
Spices, fruit and flowers can have your entire home smelling sweet in no time.
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You've decided to have a small get-together for your closest friends. It will be a simple evening --some cocktails, maybe a game and some good old-fashioned conversation. You've bought all the groceries, cleaned the house and scooped out the kitty litter. But then it dawns on you to wonder, "Does my house smell?"

According to a 2008 study by Dutch Boy, chances are it actually does. But the problem is, you can't smell it. Dutch Boy's study found that 96 percent of people claim they've noticed an untoward odor at someone else's house, but only 36 percent acknowledged an odor in their own homes [source: Dutch Boy]. It's all too easy not to whiff any odors in your own home -- you're used to it. But people seem to be aware that there is a chance something stinky is lurking in their homes, because Americans spent $5.1 billion on home fragrances in 2007 [source: Reuters].

In this economy, it's hard to justify spending $5 on a tiny jar of air fragrance and even harder to justify spending almost $20 on a large jar candle. Luckily, there are many ways to create your own home fragrances using all-natural ingredients you have around the house. You don't need to make an extra trip to the store at the last minute to get an air-freshener, you just need to head to the kitchen and use what you have.

In this article, we'll tell you how to create home fragrances using spices, fruits, plants and flowers. The projects are quick and easy, and you won't have to wander around trying to figure out what your house smells like. Let's get started by digging into the spice rack.