WFMW: Making Your House Smell Good

I love for my house to smell of baked bread, pumpkin pie and cinnamon rolls. It's so much better than the aroma of dog, Eggo waffles and sweaty children.

But I would have to actually cook that stuff.

I found a much easier way and it's a lot less fattening. I like to keep simmering potpourri on my back burner.

Here's how to make it:

1 jar of cinnamon sticks-broken 
2 or 3 slices of orange peel (if you have it)
1 jar of cloves
1 jar of allspice 

Mix into airtight container. Add two Tablespoons of mixture to every 1/2 cup of water.

(Make sure the water doesn't simmer away. I just throw more water on if it does until the fragrance is gone and then I start over.)

What works for you?

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Colored With Memories said...

that is great...especially after my recent comfort food making binge (with a non functioning ventahood)...our house reeks of grease! i'm trying this tomorrow!

Hoosier Homemade said...

Sometimes when I bake with apples, I use the peels and cores and mix in some spices and simmer it. Smells divine!
Thanks for hosting!

Kara said...

I love to make my house smell yummy too! I do this or burn some delicious smelling soy candles....which reminds me, I need to get a couple new candles and some fresh spices for this season (not that it's fall weather around our part of Texas yet...but I wanna pretend it's fall anyway!).

Kristin said...

Hey mama! Love the blog! :) Great idea for the smells! Also, had a quick question.. any tips on ways to increase my following? Thanks again!

Jessie Geroux said...

woman what are you doing giving away this secret so freely on the net where very nosy neighbors that stop by unannounced and husbands that have been gone all day and are oblivious to the fact that we have sat online blogging for hours can see how easy it is for us to make our home smell domestically loved?? Sheesh ;-) I have done this for years...sometimes I add some vanilla..sometimes I add pumpkin pie spice..I even had some artificial butter flavor from when I made a wedding cake years ago that I would add to give it an even more fresh baked smell...;-) Great WFMW

e-Mom said...

Potpourri! Of course... love them. Great reminder for creating atmostphere, thanks. :~D

momstheword said...

Oh I can almost smell it now! Isn't is just a lovely fall smell? Thank you for hosting WFMW!

Diann said...

I love doing this. and with all the herbs we grow, I will often just simmer herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary and garlic and it smells like an Italian eatery in our house! Of course, the downside is then you start craving lasagna! LOL

gjalston said...

I am totally going to try this!!!

Kristi said...

Ooh - great tip! Will be trying that! :)

Jean Stockdale said...

I have done this before and it is fabulous. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this event. Blessings.

bridget {bake at 350} said...

This sounds like a great mix! My mom always used mulling spices and I did try to follow in her footsteps when I was newly married. And yes, left them on until both the spices and the pot were burned and had to be tossed.

Maybe I'll try yours...and set the timer!!! ;)

melaniet42 said...

What a fantastic idea! I'm going to have to make some of that up while I'm house-cleaning this weekend!!

se7en said...

Hmmm - That smells yummy and I am not even there!!!

Mindy Skains Barefoot Book Ambassador said...

here is my tip for a little sumin sumin I do.

Get a really nice smelling votive and leave it in your car.

NO MORE PINE TREES to make the care smell good.

just a 99 cent votive and place it some place in your car. If you get hot weather leave it in a votive holder so the wax does not get in the car.

Lisa Anne said...

I usually just do the cinnamon sticks and every now and then I pull it off the stove and walk around with the pot throughout the rooms.

The BF doesn't like this because he thinks leavine the stove on is wasteful. Whatever.

I did though recently at walmart find these cinnamon Glade plug in freshners and I put htem throughout the upstairs to mask the kitty litter smell (which by the way there is NONE, suprise) anyway the whole upstairs smells so good like cinnamon. I was shocked at how well they worked. So this year I think I'll just stock up on those since the BF doesn't like the stove left on.

Rebecca said...

Love this idea - so perfect for Fall. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

That sounds yummy!

Just say Julie said...

I would love for my house to smell like that, but unfortunately it smells like sweety boy shoes and burnt pork chops. I'll have to try this out before I lose my mind.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

ooooh I love that smell too!

Charlotte said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! I have a beautiful black Lab who stays in the house in the winter, and stinky boys like the gal above...I think that explains it. I need all the sweet smells I can get! There is truth to the motto, "If you can't get rid of the bad smell, cover it up!"

Tara said...

Oh Great Tip! I will have to try this.. My husband would love it! Thanks for sharing!

AJ said...

I had a friend who used to do this! I always forget about this habit! I like it better than candles, tho... I could still forget and burn it!

shopannies said...

yes I love this sort of mix and how it makes the house smell so great

Suz said...

Love the wonderful scents of fall! We have a woodstove & over the winter I put a pan with water, apples & cinnamon to simmer on the top of the stove. It not only lets of a great fragrance, but humidifies the air too! Love it!! :)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Wow, thanks so much for sharing this!

I love finding out new things from my fellow bloggers especially when it can save me some money.


Stop by and see me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime.

Krista said...

If you don't want to leave the stove on all day - use a crockpot - works great & doesn't run out of water as quickly. Just leave the top halfway on or off.