MAKE YOUR HOUSE SMELL AMAZING WITH THESE EASY HACKS
We all love our homes to be warm and smelling fresh and fragrant. If your new year resolution is to make your home smell amazing but not spend tons of money doing it, here are some tips and DIY solutions that are quick and easy.
Make Your Own Candles
Contrary to what you might think, making your own scented candles is super easy! Plus, they look great in anything so you can use different glasses, jars and vases.
Try and experiment with different aromatic and essential oils to find which scent makes your home smell the best. IKEA experts recommend vanilla and coffee beans!
You will need soy wax flakes, candle dye to make it look nice, fragrance or essential oils, a candle mould or jar and an eco-wick to stick in the middle. And voila! Home-made scented candles!
Not only are these simple to make but they will keep your home warm and toasty in the winter. The materials that you can use are endless but here are some we are sure you would want to try out:
- Egg carton and dryer lint (yes, really!) Just add some beeswax to keep it burning longer.
- Orange peels – Don’t throw these out! They smell great while you dry them and even better when you light them.
- Herbal Fire starters – Wrap cinnamon sticks and herbs in some newspaper and tie it up with twine, and you have yourself a quick and easy Firestarter!
It’s as easy as a stovetop simmer: add some moisture to the air in your home with this simple trick. All you have to do is add a stick of cinnamon, some peels of grapefruit and a sprinkle of nutmeg to a large saucepan of water.
Keep the heat on low and make sure to keep adding some water when you the level drops. Let it simmer all day long, the boiling water releases moisture in the form of scented steam into the air, just like a humidifier!
Your Own Potpourri
Dried materials, aromatic spices and scented essential oils are all you need to make your own potpourri at home.
Place the natural materials in a bowl and then add a few drops of essential oil on top. The great thing with making your own scents is that you can try any mix.
IKEA recommends you try a whole spice or a citrusy mixture to start off.