DIY scents to make your home smell sensational

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When’s the last time you really paid attention to the scent of your home? Sometimes life can get in the way of the simplest of senses, and making the effort to get your living space smelling sensational often falls on the backburner. But not to fear, because FourWalls have a thrifty tip to get your house smelling great in no time.

All-natural room scents
If you’re tired of artificial odours, the chemicals in air fresheners and the fumes from incense sticks, this quick, simple and 100% organic scent will be right up your street.

 

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What you’ll need
There’s literally no limits. From pines and extracts to herbs and fruits, there’s a whole load of fragrant items to pick from. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, some naturally potent suggestions include: lemons, oranges, limes, rosemary, thyme, pine, cedar, vanilla beans, star anise and cinnamon sticks. If your creative cogs aren’t already turning, here’s five fabulous combinations to get you started:

Scent 1: Oranges, cinnamon and star anise.
Scent 2: Lemon, rosemary and vanilla.
Scent 3: Lime, thyme, mint and vanilla extract.
Scent 4: Orange, ginger and almond extract.
Scent 5: Cedar twigs, bay leaves and nutmeg.

How-to
Gather the ingredients for your chosen combination and pool them together in a pan. You should slice larger items such as lemons and limes into smaller segments, cover them in water and bring them to boil on the stove. Once your mixture has begun to boil, lower the heat and leave it to simmer. It’s as simple as that!
The smell will instantly disseminate throughout your home. How far the aroma travels will depend on the size and layout of your living space. Caution: Make sure you keep an eye on the water level. If you let it get too low, you’ll get a whiff of burning instead!
Recycle – Each mixture can be re-heated and used 2-3 times. To keep your blend as fresh as possible, store it in a tightly concealed container in either the fridge or freezer. In the fridge, it will be preserved for up to two weeks, and in the freezer it should keep indefinitely.

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