“Christmas smell” without chemicals

Kristen’s on a jolly roll. Here’s her second holiday hack (the first being “assemble then wrap“): nice, spicy house scent without chemical air fresheners or cloying scented candles:

Here’s a great (and fairly cheap) way to make your kitchen (and adjoining rooms depending on your house size) smell great without the artificial candle scents, sprays, etc. that a lot of people are allergic to or just plain give me a headache.

Just fill a medium pot 3/4 way full with water and add the following:

1-2 cinnamon sticks
A pinch of whole cloves
a few orange slices
bay leaf (optional)
and some cranberries for show

Stick it on LOW on your stove and it will make your kitchen smell great. It should last a good full day — then just dump drain and dump when you’re done.

[Or, substitute apple juice for the water and you’ve got lovely spiced cider which smells good AND tastes delicious! — Ed.]



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    This is also a great trick if you’re trying to sell your house. Boil a mixture like this for an hour or so before your house showings. It doesn’t guarantee a sale, but it helps with the ambiance.