Many herbs and spices help you capture the essence of Christmas and one can use them in place of chemical room fresheners to evoke the Holiday spirit. The season of cheer may be more than a month away but why not start using these natural remedies so you can bring home the celebrations early on? Let us discuss some DIY homemade Christmas smells to make your home smell fresh, inviting and cozy like Christmas!
1. Bake Christmas dishes
Anything in the oven is sure to make your home smell heavenly and reminiscent of Christmas. So go ahead and bake those family recipes you make around Christmas time. Think gingerbread, cookies, bakes spiced apples, pumpkin recipes, Christmas cakes, meat with herbs and spices like rosemary thyme and cinnamon etc.
2. Use herbs and spices to make your home aromatic
There are many herbs that can kindle the Holiday spirit. Cinnamon is one of the most important ones known to capture the true essence of Christmas. Other mention worthy spices and herbs in this list are ginger, star anise, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla etc. You can use these in many different ways to make your home smell like the Holidays.
- Make a stovetop potpourri by boiling cinnamon sticks, cloves and vanilla beans in a pot of water.
- Use the essential oils of these spices. Cinnamon essential oil is one of the best Christmas scents essential oils. You can it with some water and spray it all around the house.
- Bake recipes with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and soon your house will smell heavenly.
- Hang cinnamon ornaments around the house- yum!
3. Use candles and incense sticks
Light those Christmas candles often and place them all around the house. Soon your home will not only smell great, it will look fantastic too. You can invest in DIY Candle making kits and use your favorite essential oils that evoke the holiday feel. Here is a list of best Christmas smells candles.
4. Use cotton balls soaked in essential oils
Place cotton balls soaked with any of your favorite Christmas scents essential oils like Frankincense, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ginger etc. Vanilla is another popular Holiday scent. You may place them on warm radiators.
5. Make a potpourri
A Christmas potpourri can make your home smell heavenly. Fill up a bowl or a jar with dried branches and pine cones from certain trees (fir, spruce, pine etc). You can also add chestnuts, dried rose petals and apple skins, walnut shells and so on. Spray some essential oils on the potpourri and place them inside jute bags or in open glass bowls all around the house.
6. DIY homemade room freshener tablets
Here is an easy Christmas room freshener recipe:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- ¼ cup water
- 10 drops of any of your favorite Christmas scents essential oils (pine, fir, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, myrrh etc)
- 5 drops of peppermint oil
- Ice cubes tray
- In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients
- Slowly add the water and stir to combine.
- Once combined, add the oils.
- Press the mixtures into ice cubes.
- Dry the tablets for a few days. They should fall out of the trays without breaking or twisting.
- Place these tablets in garbage cans or all around the home, near the fireplace and on the room heater radiator. Replace when you can no longer smell the oils. You can store these tablets in an airtight container for several months.
7. Clean with essential oils
Use homemade cleaners containing Christmas scents essential oils like Myrrh, Peppermint, Frankincense, Pine etc. A great recipe is a mixture of water, vinegar, lemon peels and Christmas essential oils above. Use the recipe to scrub all surfaces and soon your home will smell like Christmas. These natural cleaners also repel bugs.
8. Use pine branches
Pine branches are easy to find and they smell heavenly. Place them around the mantelpiece or make a potpourri with them. Here is an easy recipe for Christmassy smelling home:
- 1-2 sprigs of freshly cut pine branches
- 2-4 cinnamon sticks
- Orange slices
- 2-3 tsp cloves
Place everything in a pot, fill it up completely with water and simmer for 20 minutes. Keep adding water to prevent burning. You can do this in a slow cooker as well.
9. Add some greenery
Greenery in the form of pine, holly, cedar, Christmas tree and ivy can also add fresh Christmassy scents to the home. Stick the sprigs to glass or make a wreath out of them.