07 June 2012

Freshen Up That Stale Winter Odour

Winter seems to have well and truly arrived, and with it the closure of windows and doors. The fresh scent of spring and summer has gone, leaving the closed, stale scent of a warm winter home.

You can buy fresh air scents in a can or you can make your own herbal air fresheners, for just a few cents, and change them with your mood.

To make your own herbal air fresheners you will need:

1 spray bottle
250ml of water that has been allowed to sit for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate
5 - 7 drops of your favourite essential oil (or a combination of your favourites)

Fill the bottle with the water, add the oil and shake well to combine. Spray throughout your home to lightly scent and freshen the air, floorcoverings and furnishings.

You can use any type of spray bottle, but plastic is safest if you have small children or boisterous pets in your home. Coloured glass bottle look very pretty sitting on a kitchen window sill or a coffee table if you are going to have your air freshener on display and can be bought from $2 shops, discount department stores and even some garden centres quite cheaply. Even plant misters will do the job nicely.

Here are some suggestions for blends you might like to try:

Country Spice (a warming and homey scent): cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and bay
Spring Fresh (ideal for sunny winter days): lavender, rose, geranium, rosemary and sweet orange
Calming (soothing and relaxing, perfect for stressful days): bergamot, geranium, clary sage, chamomile and yarrow
Gardener's Delight (light, fresh and invigorating): lemon, orange, basil, thyme

When choosing essential oils look for the pure oils. They will cost a little more but you will get more scent for your money. Remember to use only 5 -7 drops in total or the scent will be over-powering and unpleasant (the result of using pure essential oils).

1 comment:

  1. If you also add a drop or two of either dishwashing liquid or liquid soap it is even better as it helps mix the oil with the water properly. A eucalyptus or lavender mix is also good to spray on washing that takes time to dry (or has a musty odour to it).


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