This week, I finally smelled it. That delicious scent swirling in the windows and through the house that can only be described as “spring.” My whole life, the first signs of that scent have always gotten me giddy… and it only gets more intense as we move into summer.
But even though the scents of the outdoors are a beautiful refresh for the home, sometimes the stagnant nature of wintertime creates a musty scent indoors that only becomes highlighted as natural circulation wafts through. Fear not, though, because there is, of course, a natural solution for that. More than just one, actually… here are 5!
1. Coconut & lime (Yes, just like the blogger!)
I love making simmering stove top potpourri during the fall and winter, but I just realized that it’s a brilliant way to scent the house in the warm seasons, too! Lime and coconut together make a gorgeously tropical scent that will give your home that summer feeling. Just fill a small saucepan about 3/4 full with water, add a sliced lime and a tablespoon of coconut extract, bring to a boil, and then simmer. Suddenly you’ll feel like you’re laying on a beautiful hammock in the sun, swinging back and forth between two palm trees. Speaking of palm trees…
2. Palm trees
Certain houseplants — like palms — are wonderful air purifiers, working to clear toxins out of your home without you even knowing it! Simply place a palm in the room you’d like to purify, and let it do its thing. And in case you’re curious, here are 5 more houseplants that clean the air!
3. Room spray
I absolutely love using natural room sprays. They have an immediate effect on the room and your mood, and you don’t have to worry about breathing in harsh chemicals like you would when using many store-bought versions. Plus, you can customize the scent to your liking. I like to make one by filling up a metal spray bottle 3/4 with distilled water, then almost to the top with witch hazel. I then add about 30-50 drops of essential oil — I like using lavender and sage for a really fresh smell.
4. Dired flower potpourri
This, in my opinion, is the prettiest kind of air freshener that exists! Gather a bunch of flowers you love, let them dry, and add them to a beautiful vessel with some essential oil, and any other trinkets you please. Another option is to tie some potpourri up in a piece of mesh fabric and place it inside your drawers. You’ll have beautifully-scented clothes every single day. Here’s a more detailed post on DIY potpourri if you’re interested!
5. Ground coffee
Ground coffee has an incredible ability to wipe out unwanted scents from the home, without making the entire place smell like coffee. First, allow the coffee grounds to dry out in order to avoid mold. Then, transfer them to a small bowl and place it in the room of concern. Voila! Clean air. :)
How else do you refresh the air in your home? Let us know!
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