So Sweet: 21 Natural Ways to Scent Your Home

Long before aromatherapy candles, potpourri beads and plug-in air fresheners, women used simple home fragrance techniques to scent their homes. I included several creative fragrance suggestions in my first household hints book:

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  • Selling your home? Before an open house, add to a pot of water any combination of allspice, cloves, orange peel, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and fresh ginger, and simmer the mixture slowly on the stove. Prospective buyers will feel instantly at home.

  • Running late with dinner? Buy a little time by sauteing an onion in a little oil. The savory aroma will serve as a signal to hungry family members that dinner is on the way.

  • Want to give your home that "what's in the oven" fragrance? Consider the idea I called "faking baking": Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar in a tin pie pan and burn it slowly on the stove top over very low temperature or very low flame.

  • No time to clean? A spritz or two of pine cleaner will give unexpected visitors the impression that you slaved all day.

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Times have changed since I wrote those first words of advice, but the simple techniques still work like a charm. Want a few more homespun fragrance tips? Here are up-to-date suggestions that will rid your home of off odors and circulate sweet scents throughout the day.

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