Hi, everyone! Chrissy here! I was hoping Hubby would get around to posting today. Since he hasn't, you're stuck with me!
I have to admit that I am guilty of using air fresheners sometimes. We've got two kittens and a doggy that don't always smell that great! Okay, they can sometimes be a little stinky! Oh, and sometimes...just sometimes the bathroom can use some nice citrus fresh fragrance after it has been occupied. I'm trying to be polite here, people!
Since I don't really like using those sprays from the stores, I try the natural and earth friendly route. Since I eat a lot of oranges (especially Clementines), instead of tossing out the peels with the rest of our compost, I make a little aromatherapy concoction. Orange and other citrus fruits are known to have therapeutic qualities if you have headaches. I'm the type of person who gets migraines from very strong fragrances and perfumes. I have tried the scented candles, but many of them give me a headache. I have found that this all-natural citrus infusion seems to work well for me.
You can make your entire house smell nice by infusing the orange scent. To do this, you will need:
-Orange peels. The amount depends on you. Just break them up into pieces.
-a small cooking pot filled halfway with water.
-cloves or cinnamon, if you wish. Again, the amount depends on you.
Bring the above ingredients to a light boil. The fragrance permeates the air and makes your house smell warm, inviting, and fresh for hours.
If you prefer not to infuse the orange fragrance, you can make little sachets of the above ingredients (minus the water, obviously). Just dry the orange peels on a dry, flat surface. When dry, take some breathable material (like gauze or organza) and put some dried orange peel, cinnamon and cloves (if you wish), close it up and tie it with a ribbon.
A friend of mine has really bad headaches and she keeps one of these sachets under her pillow. She claims it really helps her. Another friend keeps a sachet in her underwear drawer. She says it just makes her clothing smell fresh.
Though citrus and orange scents appeal to many people, it has the opposite effect on some people. If you are someone who doesn't like the smell of citrus fruits, do not try this at home.