Nothing smells quite as good as the holidays. Mulling spices, freshly baked cookies, hot cocoa and pine wreaths all meld to bring the holidays to life and give your house a fresh, festive scent. But thankfully you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to make your home smell like it’s straight out of a Christmas movie. With just a few ingredients you already have lying around, you can make these easy citrus rind diffusers.
Not only do they cleanse the air and eliminate bad odors, but they also release the scent of whichever oils, spices, and herbs you choose to put in them. So just reach for a few common kitchen staples like cloves, cinnamon and thyme and you’ll be singing Winter Wonderland in no time.
To make your diffusers, simply hollow out some citrus rinds, add coarse sea salt and a mix of your choice of warm scents like clove, ginger and thyme. The sea salt does double duty, absorbing bad odors from the environment while also diffusing the fresh citrus and herb scents. Place your diffusers in different rooms throughout your house and replace every few days to keep your home smelling merry and bright.
Here are three different citrus-y scents to make your home smell like the holidays.
- 1 whole orange
- 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- ¾ cup coarse sea salt
Slice the orange in half and hollow out both sides using a paring knife and spoon, being sure to remove as much of the fruit flesh as you can. In a small bowl, mix the sea salt, cinnamon essential oil and cloves. Spoon into the orange rind and place one half in different rooms of the house. Replace every 3-4 days.
Grapefruit with Cedarwood and Sage
- 1 whole grapefruit
- 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 3 fresh sage leaves
- 1 cup coarse sea salt
Slice the grapefruit in half and hollow out both sides using a paring knife and spoon. In a small bowl, mix the sea salt, cedarwood essential oil and sage leaves. Spoon into the grapefruit rind and place one half in different rooms of the house. Replace every 3-4 days.
Lemon with Rosemary and Vanilla
- 2 whole lemons
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops vanilla extract
- ¾ cup coarse sea salt
Hollow out the lemons using a paring knife and spoon. In a small bowl, mix the sea salt, rosemary essential oil and vanilla extract. Spoon into the lemon rinds and place in different rooms of the house. Replace every 3-4 days.