Try this non-toxic, stove top air freshener recipe to make your home smell gloriously festive on a budget without all the chemicals!
Lately I have been passionate about making my home a welcoming environment. When people come over, I want them to feel like they are in a joyful and loving place. I want my children to grow up one day and to think of home fondly. I want my husband to be happy to come home at the end of each work day.
One of the ways I try to accomplish this is through smell. When people walk through that front door I want them find pleasure in the way our house smells. I laugh as I type this because we have a cat (litter box) and we cloth diaper (diaper pail) and there are always seems to be a funky smell coming from the garbage can or sink drain.
I have tried everything from diffusing expensive essential oils to trying to create my own reed diffusers, to trying to create my own plug-ins with non-toxic ingredients. All of these options produced a nice smell, but it didn’t linger. And I hated using my essential oils just to make things smell well because of the price.
Finally I decided to go old-school and just simmer some spices on the stove in some water and I fell in love. The whole house filled up with the scent of spiced apple cider and as long as the pot was simmering, the smell hung in the air. I was able to get all the spices in the bulk herb section of my local health food stores for mere cents.
The only downside to simmering your own stove top air freshener is that people may get their hopes up that there is something delicious about to be served. I may or may not have gotten a bunch of my husband’s high school boys small group excited for apple cider that was really just a pot of simmering spices. So simmer at your own risk my friends.
Apple-Spiced Stove Top Air Freshener
- 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon)
- 1 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp allspice
- 2 whole nutmegs (I like to crush mine before adding it to the pot)
- 1 apple quartered
Add all of the ingredients into a small sauce pan and fill half-way with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Simmer for as long as desired refilling the water as needed.