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3 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

3 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays


Nothing evokes the spirit of the holiday season quite like the smells of the holiday season. Get in a festive mood with these easy, DIY, air fresheners — no weird candles or baking required!


Method 1: Simmer Spices on the Stove.

One of the easiest ways to get your home smelling like the holidays is to place a bunch of Christmas-friendly spices in a saucepan, cover about halfway with water and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Whole spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves, along with lemon and orange peels and vanilla beans, work really well here. You can also try fresh cranberries and fresh rosemary.

Money-Saving Tip: You’ll find whole and ground spices in the Hispanic foods section of your grocery store or a ethnic grocery store for a fraction of the price. I’ve found that they tend to be fresher and of better quality, too.



Method 2: Spray the room.

Make your very own peppermint room spray! Fill a bowl with 1 cup water and 1/4 cup white vinegar; stir to combine. Add 10 drops peppermint oil, and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.

Method 3: Make a Pomander.

Pierce an orange with a nail or some other sharp object and fill the holes with cloves. If you’d like an even line of cloves, use tape or a rubber band to guide you. Remove the tape/rubber band and store in a cool, dry and dark place for 3-4 days. Check periodically for any signs of mold.


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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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9:11PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

I simmer cinnamon, orange, lemon peels and several herbs together. I will try adding the cranberries as well.

4:12PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Good ideas

2:24PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Add the spices you would use for a Pumpkin pie together in a bowl. Leave it uncovered, or put some in satchels to add the aroma to your home.

Smells awesome!

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

3:52AM PST on Dec 24, 2013


3:36PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

or bake cookies :D

4:54AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

We used to make pomanders as kids back in the 60s using cloves and an orange. Great memories of a loving Christmas not based on parents blackmailed by adverts to spend, spend, spend!

Happy Christmas, everyone. xx

9:48AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

Ohhh, I lve this ideas!

11:56PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Thanks for sharing Ideas

2:02AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Thank you :)

6:26PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Some good ideas! Thanks.

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