How to Create Home Fragrances Using Household Ingredients

Using Spices to Create Home Fragrances

Some people think of creating a spicy scent during the holidays, but it's really something that can be done year-round to add a pleasant, fresh odor to the house.

Depending on your personal olfactory favorites, you can use any of the following spices alone or mixed together to freshen the scent of a room:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Mint

You'll also need water or apple cider, and you can optionally add some vanilla or almond extract if you want to sweeten things up. Two of the main methods for using these spices to produce a lasting scent involve the pot method and the saucepan method. Using the pot method, fill your pot halfway with water. Use your stove to bring the water to a boil, the turn the heat down so the water is still receiving heat, but no longer boiling. Drop in the spices.

With the saucepan method, again fill your pan with water, halfway. Heat the water to a simmer and then add you spices.

With both of these methods, the warming of the spices will help them to release their scents. If you don't cook very often but still want to simmer spices, you can buy prepackaged spice packets at various retail shops and online.

For scents that will last longer than an afternoon, you can also make sachets using dried spices [source: Gruenberg]. These can be placed in decorative bowls in the living room, hung on doorknobs in the bathroom or tucked into drawers.

If spices turn you off, you can always use citrus. Read on to learn about creating home fragrances using fruit.