Whether it’s burnt popcorn from family movie night, an exotic recipe gone wrong, or a much-needed laundry day, sometimes scents in your home can get overwhelming. When you share a home with others, this issue can become more frequent. Sure you could go out and purchase chemicals and manufactured fragrances that just add to the symphony of smells, but at Morguard we prefer a more natural and inexpensive option that puts a personal touch on your aromatherapy! Try one of these homemade air fresheners for a pleasing scent that you can feel good about.
The quickest and easiest way to alleviate disagreeable odors is by fighting them with the power of Mother Nature. With a simple bundle of lavender, you can add a pop of color to any room while teaming up with the natural smell of Earth’s native version of Febreze. If you’re not a fan of lavender, fear not - there are plenty of options to be found in the great outdoors to bring upgrade your home’s fragrance. Try some potted Jasmine plants or even a small herb garden with plants like mint, lemon balm, and basil.
With a little bit of time and some inexpensive materials, you can have homemade candles in your favorite fragrance that you can brag about to your guests. All you need is some unscented beeswax or soy wax, some cotton and zinc wicks, essential oils, and some jars or cans to hold the melted wax.
Melt the wax in a pot over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon or chopstick. Mix in 50-100 drops of your favorite essential oil, depending on the size of the candle. The amount will also vary based on the potency of the oils. Using your stirring tool, dab a small drop of wax in the center of the bottom of a jar to anchor the wick. Making sure the wick remains straight up and down, pour the wax into the jar. Place your new candle in a cool place to harden and cool down for at least 6 hours. Then you are ready to fire it up and enjoy the natural aroma!
Potpourri has been used to freshen spaces since ancient times. All it really takes is some dried flowers and plants to add a gentle hint of nature to the air. The best part is you can add whatever you like! There’s no wrong way to make potpourri.
Start with your favorite flowers from your garden, a local farmers market, or anywhere you can find them. Roses and other naturally fragrant flowers work best. Cut at the base of the stem and lay the heads of the flowers on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. You can add in other things like oranges or lemons, strawberries, or fresh herbs. Pop the cookie sheet in the oven at 200° to dry everything for a few hours. Once the flowers are dry and brittle, place them in a bowl and voila! A beautiful and natural way to fight odors. For a more fragrant potpourri, mix some of your favorite essential oil with water in a spray bottle and spray the potpourri whenever it needs a little boost of scent.
Try one of these simple homemade air fresheners to banish any unsavory odors from your home. If you’re looking for a friendly, welcoming community to call home, check out our Morguard Apartment Search page and consider joining the Morguard Family.