We’ve all purchased things to make the rooms in our homes smell pleasant. Scented candles, room sprays, potpourri, warmers, gel beads, oils, and diffusers are among the products that are available in retail and online stores. Unfortunately, the scents from these products do not have a lasting effect. In most cases, consumers have to replace or refill these products to get a continued effect. Consumers also tend to buy multiples of a product because they need one for each room in their houses. There is a way, however, to help you make the scent of these products last longer, and also have the scent permeate the air in different rooms from just one source-your kitchen stove.
- an old pot or pan
- one or two cups of water, depending on the size of pot
- scented item(s) to boil
Examples of Item(s) to Boil
- herbs from your garden (i.e. lavender, rosemary, mint)
- fruit (citrus slices and apples work well)
- spices and extracts (i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract)
- gel beads (use just enough to cover the bottom of the pot)
- essential oils (usually no more than 20 drops)
- laundry scent booster, such as Downy Unstoppables and Gain Scent Booster (use enough just to cover the bottom of your pot)
- slivers of solid air fresheners (Glade and Renuzit are popular)
- Place water and scented item(s) in the pot.
- Turn stove on high heat to bring ingredients to a boil.
- Turn stove on lowest setting, or turn stove off. Scented steam will continue to rise as the water cools. If turning stove on lowest setting, do not let items in your pot burn.
Tips, Tricks, Warnings, and Advice
- You can leave the pot on the stove and re-heat it at a later time as long as you safely maintain the water level.
- Many items can be reheated many times over a few days, and some even for a week or two.
- Some items are strongly scented, so adjust amounts to your liking.
- Mix and match your scents. Sliced apples and cinnamon go well together, as do citrus and mint.
- Boiling citronella essential oil could help in warding off mosquitos.
- Leaving your windows open as you do this can further help the air in your home feel less stagnant.
- Open the doors of the rooms you want the scent to enter. Close the doors of rooms that you want to keep scent-free.
- Be aware of the chemicals in certain products. Try boiling these products at your own risk, as they are not all meant for this use. If you have respiratory health issues, you may want to stick to all-natural items.