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DIY Air Fresheners: 3 Brilliant Ideas On Making One's Home And Car Smell Better

Date November 30, 2017

When we hear the word “home,” one of the first things that come to mind is a certain smell. A poll performed by the retailer Habitat back in 2009 shows that for most people, the smell of home consists of several flavors, including washing powder, toast, flowers, and perfume, The Telegraph reports.

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Not smelling the whole picture

But the true fragrance palette of any house is far richer: it includes the unique scents of every person who lives there as well as all the pets and even the meals that are cooked there on a regular basis. People just seem to ignore most of these flavors as if they were “switching off” their noses in certain circumstances.

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The idea of people “ignoring” certain flavors was confirmed by a researcher, professor Tim Jacob from Cardiff University. In an interview with The Telegraph, the scientists explained how particular smells affect our brains and mood:

Your home is filled with the things you love – your children, partner, perfume, pets – so when you smell them, you instantly feel better and at ease. Scents which are alien make us feel on edge until we’ve identified the source and assessed that it’s not harmful.

That is why you usually cannot recognize the smell of your home if you have been away for a week or two. And the chances are high that what you smell at the moment is, in fact, the true fragrance of your place.

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So, what can you do to improve the scent of your home and make it smell better? We suggest you using the three following ideas for DIY natural air fresheners.

Baking soda air freshener

Baking soda is a widely-known odor absorber, so you can use it to create a simple air freshener that will make your home smell better.

And in order to make it, you will need just a few items:

  • baking soda;
  • a wide-mouthed container;
  • essential oils.

For further instructions, watch the video below.

Simmering Potpourri for special occasions

This Simmering Potpourri is the perfect solution for those who want to make their home smell deliciously and don't have enough time for crafting. All you need is water, a bit of condiment, a couple of citruses, and a pot.

The idea is pretty simple: mix all the ingredients and boil them as if you were making an exotic tea. Just make sure to keep the heat low and add water when needed.

Easy handmade air freshener for your car

And if you want to get rid of unpleasant odors in your car, try making an easy yet very beautiful (an effective) air freshener. In contrast to its store-bought analogs, this one can be reused for a long time. In order to craft it, you will need the following tools and materials:

  • a needle;
  • a thread;
  • scissors;
  • pen;
  • felt;
  • elastic cord, 2 mm;
  • essential oils.

Follow the instructions from the video below to create your own version of an adorable car freshener.

Experiment with different scents and set the right mood for any occasion with these easy recipes. Try them all and choose which one works better for you or share your ideas on making natural air fresheners by leaving a comment below.

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