Room deodorizers can be quite expensive. Why pay upwards of $5.00 a bag for scented colored wood chips or other store-bought room deodorizers? There are a variety of homemade room deodorizers you can make, and fragrance options are endless.
Homemade room deodorizers are easy to make, and they can be developed to match any fragrance.
Consider the following homemade room deodorizers to add a fresh clean scent to your home.
Homemade Spicy Rose Simmering Potpourri
If you love the scent of roses and have access to rose petals, this liquid room deodorizer is a wonderful choice. The scent of roses in this homemade room deodorizer mingles with the scent of fresh rosemary, mint, and cinnamon, as well as other piquant fragrances. If you love flowery, zesty scents, this mixture is a fantastic choice.
To make this fragrant room deodorizer you’ll need two cups of fresh rosemary, two cups of freshly picked rose petals, two cups of mint leaves, three large cinnamon sticks, one-half cup of allspice, two dried cloves, two cups of white vinegar, and a large heat-resistant container with a lid.
Alternately you can add or remove ingredients to develop your own simmering potpourri scent. If you love the scent of rich vanilla, consider replacing the cinnamon sticks with vanilla beans. If you scent of citrus excites your senses, add fresh lemon, lime, or orange peels to the mixture. Use your sense of smell along with your imagination to develop a simmering potpourri that suits your individual preference.
Heat the white vinegar on the stove, and while the vinegar is heating, mix the dry ingredients in a large heat-resistant container.
Pour the hot vinegar over the dry ingredients, and after the mixture has cooled, put the lid on the container. After about a week, pour your spicy rose-scented potpourri into a simmering pot, or heat it using one of the following methods.
Ways to Use Homemade Simmering Potpour
Don’t Buy It, Make It!
A one-cup electric warmer is good for more than heating hot water or other consumable liquids. Consider making a batch of simmering potpourri, and heat it in a mug on a one-cup electric warmer. Your home will smell delightfully fragrant for hours.
If you don’t have an electric potpourri simmering pot or an electric cup warmer, simply pour simmering potpourri into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat it in your microwave. Set it on a hot pad on the kitchen counter or on your stove top, and enjoy the scent of simmering potpourri until the steam dissipates.
Reheat the mixture to once again to enjoy the scent of potpourri wafting through your home.
Alternately you can simmer homemade potpourri on the stove over very low heat, but don’t forget about it as the mixture evaporates. Although it will weaken the scent, you can add hot water to make the simmering mixture last a little longer.
Quick and Easy Room Deodorizer
If you’re in a hurry to deodorize a room, simply put a few drops of essential oil, peppermint oil, or any other scented oil, on several cotton balls. Place the oiled cotton balls in a decorative jar with a lid, and remove the lid whenever you want to deodorize the room.
If you want to add to the realism of artificial flowers, purchase essential oil that smells like specific faux flowers. Put several drops of oil on cotton balls, and drop them out of sight into a vase of matching flowers.
The efflorescence will add to the decor while delightfully deodorizing your home, says a friend of mine who is a Houston Heights listing agent.
Homemade Carpet Room Deodorizer
Carpeting absorbs all kinds of household odors, and unpleasant odors often ascend from carpets. Carpet deodorizers can be rather expensive, but you can make store-bought deodorizers last twice as long. Simply mix equal parts of baking soda with store-bought carpet room deodorizer, and apply it to the carpeting with a flour sifter. This homemade room deodorizer will add a fresh clean scent to your home that will linger for days.