Not every fruit will work when making a home fragrance. For example, you wouldn't want to leave a banana peel out on display during your dinner party. One look at the cleaning products aisle in your local grocery store will confirm that citrus scents are appealing to just about anyone. There is something incredibly fresh and clean about the smell of citrus. And with just a few fruits, you can fill the whole house with that crisp scent.
Household fruit, such as oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruit, can be mixed or used alone to create home fragrance.
If you are in a hurry, the quickest way to get the fruity, fresh scent into the air is simply to peel the fruit. Try the following:
- Fill a large bowl halfway with water.
- Remove the peel by tearing it into small bits that are roughly 1 inch x 1 inch (2.54cm x 2.54 cm).
- Drop all of the peel into the bowl of water.
- Turn the peel pieces so that the color side is facing up.
- Squeeze a little juice from the fruit into the bowl.
- Place the bowl as a centerpiece on your table.
If you have a little more time, you can zest the fruit. This process involves either using an actual zester kitchen tool or a basic vegetable peeler. Be sure to avoid the white stuff that is closest to the fruit, which is technically called pith. Citrus zest can be added to simmering spice pots for additional aromas. You can also liven up your dinner table by placing a small plate under your table's centerpiece and sprinkling the zest around the rim.
For sneak-attack scents that will surprise and delight you on a regular basis, read on. Next, we'll discuss creating home fragrance using plants and flowers.