Get the scent of the season

Whether burned popcorn has your home smelling frightful or you’d just like to make the whole house smell more appealing before company comes over, these are some simple fixes that will quickly get the place smelling sweet! Leave these recipes simmering on the stove, and continually add more water if you’d like to keep it going. You don’t need to be exact with the ingredients; they’ll all combine into a deliciously-spiced scent that floats all the way around your home.

Each recipe only needs one quart of water. Add all ingredients to a saucepan, then set each pan over medium-low heat until simmering. Turn down to low heat and let simmer until most of the water has evaporated. Add more water to pot if you’d like to keep the scent going, and be careful not to let all the water burn away! The ingredients could burn and you’d end up with a much less pleasant scent. Try putting together a pot right before you start cleaning up after dinner, then turn off the heat when the last dish is put away. By then, the house should smell amazing!

Home for the Holidays Mix
You can certainly substitute lemons instead of oranges for this mix, or use both! The citrus acts as a natural air purifier, so it’s particularly useful after a smelly night of cooking.
  A few inches of orange peel
  A few whole cloves
  2-3 cinnamon sticks
  1 tsp nutmeg
  1 tsp ground ginger (or 2 tsp fresh ginger)
  1 bay leaf
  1 quart of water

Cozy Tea Party Mix
You can use any of your favorite teas, but apple cinnamon and chai tea are the perfect mixes for this warm simmering scent:
  The contents of 1 tea bag—something like apple, chai, ginger, or earl grey
  1 tbsp vanilla extract
  1 tsp nutmeg
  1 tsp cardamom (or 4-5 cardamom pods)
  1 quart of water

Snowman Mix
Simple, simple, simple! Easier than making hot chocolate (though you may crave some after smelling this!).
  1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (the real stuff—not hot chocolate mix!)
  2 tsp peppermint extract
  1 tsp cinnamon
  1 quart of water

Vanilla Citrus Mix
Simple, mellow, and comforting, this is the perfect scent to follow up a messy night of cooking when you’re ready to take it easy.
  3 tsp vanilla extract
  The torn-up peel of one orange
  1 quart of water

Not only do these scents make your home smell delightful, but the steam released turns your stovetop into a humidifier—which homes can always use in the dry heat of the indoors during winter.

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