Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DIY Project: Making Your Own Natural Room Freshners and Scented Oils

Fall is in the air and our homes are taking on the brisk, cool change of the autumn weather pattern.  Now, when we get up in the morning, the house has a cool temperature, letting us know that, it's also more than likely, a little chilly outdoors!  It's that time of the year when the mornings are cool but later in the day, the temperature rises and it gets to that comfortable range that I call "perfect".  It's not cold or hot, but just right!

Time to simmer some pots on the stove and that doesn't mean simply your food recipes!  I'm talking about simmering some apples, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, lemons, limes, oranges, fresh mint, tangerines and grapefruits, to create your natural fall room freshners.  The aromas from fresh fruits, is a sure thing that fall is in the air.  It's so easy to create this DIY craft project.  I provide a few fall room freshner ideas, you can try.  You can create oils too.  I share a recipe for how to make fruited scented oil also, courtesy of Wiki How. 

Give it a try and look for more room freshner ideas I will be sharing, as we move closer to the winter holiday season. Please be careful, watch the pot on the stove because these aromas can put you in a relaxed state of mind and you don't want to cause a fire hazard of any kind that could endanger you or your family. You may want to consider investing in a warming pot that is electrical, for added safety. 



*Important Note: Children should not experiment with making these fresheners or the use of fire, without adult supervision.  Always use the very lowest heat when working with the variety of ingredients. Also, rather than stovetop heat, you may want to consider using an electrical warmer, which is safer and will accomplish the same results.  LOFT101.net does not assume any responsibility for your activity of this project.  You are at your own free will to try them.  Again, please be careful.

  • Apple Cider, Cinnamon & a Slice of Apple - Take a small pot and pour about 2 cups of apple cider in the pot.  Add 1 cinnamon stick and one slice of apple.  Let simmer on the lowest heat available.  The aromas will begin to fill the room as the liquid heats.  The best part about this room freshner is that it can also be served as a hot beverage.  The longer it brews, the better it taste!

  • Fresh Apples & Cinnamon - Slice one red delicious apple.  Add to 1 cup of water.  Add two sticks of cinnamon and let it simmer on lowest heat available.  The mixture will fill the room of an apple and cinnamon aroma.  Just like apple pie!

  • Citrus Mint - Slice 1/2 of each:  lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit and orange.  Set aside one piece of fresh mint leaf.  Add all ingredients to 3 cups of water.   Let simmer on lowest heat and the smell from this combination of fruits, is amazing!  The hint of mint leaf takes this aroma to another level.  *Don't throw out the rinds when done because remember, from my natural cleaning post, you can dispose of the rinds in your garbage disposal unit, to release a citrus scent in your kitchen and sink.  Two in one treat!

  • Courtesy of Wiki How:  Fruited Scented Oil - This is a great scented oil not only as a room freshner but also for scenting the "A Favor Full of Fluff" DIY craft project,  posted this past weekend.  Add a little of this oil to the Spanish Moss and it will give your favor a lovely scent.  I mention to you how I added a scent to this same craft project I made for someone's dinner party.  Everyone loved it and could not figure out where the scented smell was coming from!
1 orange
2 strawberries
Vanilla extract
A small dash of cinnamon
One apple
1/2 of a teaspoon of confectioner's sugar

Gather the needed materials.  Peel the orange.  Put the peels to the side.  Put the pot of water on the stove.  Then light it.  Let the pot sit for about a minute for the water to warm up.  Pour 10 drops of the vanilla extract into the pot.  Stir with the spoon for about 10 seconds.  Add the dash of cinnamon into the water.  Stir with the spoon for about 15 seconds.  While this is happening, cut the apple.  The slices should be of equal small size.  Put 3 slices of the apple into the pot.

While these are soaking, take the orange peels and lightly rub them together.  Squeeze them, and then put them into the pot.  Take the two strawberries and cut the leaves off.  Then put them into the pot.  Stir for about 2 minutes, pouring and dropping the water from the spoon to the pot.  You should stop when the strawberries look half white.  Add the confectioner's sugar.  This gives a sugary add-on, but is not necessary. 

Pour the mixture into the sifter over the bowl.  Then put the mixture in the bowl into the bottle.  If there is extra, either store it in another bottle or throw it away.  Put the bottle in the refrigerator for about fifteen minutes.  This will keep the smell inside.  Put the bottle in an area that does not smell very nice to you.  If you have chosen to use a spritzer cap, screw it onto the bottle and spray the scent onto your chosen area.

Enjoy your aroma filled room!