home scent

Previously, I shared a DIY recipe for simmering potpourri to make your home smell like Williams-Sonoma stores (click here). As we prepare for the holidays, today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite natural recipes to make your home smell like the season.

Get three easy ingredient combinations below, and get ready to enjoy your newly-scented home!


For a clean, seasonal scent, combine the following items in a small pot, and allow to simmer for as long as you desire:

  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Fresh mint
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh if possible

For a Christmas-like scent, combine the following in a pot of simmering water:

  • 1/2 orange, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • Pine needles
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon cloves, whole or ground
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


For an all-natural – and super inexpensive – diffuser:

  • Add scented All Purpose Cleaner (I like to use one with a fresh lemon scent) to a small jar or glass (fill halfway)
  • Take about 10 bamboo skewers and trim to fit, if necessary.
  • Set diffuser wherever you want a fresh, clean scent in your home

Tell Me: What is one of your favorite natural recipes for a better-smelling home?