Winter Holiday Mulled Cider Air Freshener

My local supermarket sells an air freshener with a label that reads: “This product is banned in California because it causes cancer.”

It contains dichlorobenzene, a chemical that is a central nervous system depressant, a powerful kidney and liver poison, and one of the chlorinated hydrocarbons that is long-lasting in the environment and is stored in body fat.

Whoa. Who needs that?

Instead, try this spicy seasonal air freshener. It not only works, it provides you and your family and friends with a great hot drink while it wafts a welcoming holiday scent into the air. It smells absolutely divine and tastes great, too!

2 sticks cinnamon
5 or 6 whole cloves
8 cups apple cider, or as needed (you can substitute water for the cider)

Just place the ingredients in a pan and simmer over low heat for a number of hours on a back burner of your stove (checking frequently to replace evaporated liquid–about 1 cup every hour). The simmering releases the spices aromatic oils. Strain out the spices before drinking.


Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago


Nb B.
Nancy B5 years ago

Can't beat that, because you also can have nice drink

Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Interesting. Thanks for the post.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Loretta K.
Loretta K8 years ago

Thank you for the tip.

Dorothy Valone
Dorothy Valone8 years ago

Instead of using the stove or a candle, try using an electric potpourri pot. They look like small crockpots.

Barbara Reilley
Barbara Reilley9 years ago

Wait - wanting to be 'green,' should we be simmering on a gas stove (releasing gas into the air for hours?) Should we use some kind of candle-type heated simmering pot? Or does that add soot to the air? What to do...? Thank you, Barbara