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Making your home a positive place to be is sometimes as simple as making it smell good. We love to smell beautiful and be surrounded by nice smells – even walking into a fresh home can improve your mood! No wonder we all spend so much money on fragrances for our environment, but did you know you can make some great smelling ones at home for a fraction of the price? These simple DIY air freshening projects are not only cheap, but they’ll leave your house smelling great.


Scented wood blocks


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All you need is:

  • Wood blocks
  • Scented oil or perfume
  • Small paint brushes

Simply paint the oil on to the wood blocks and then put into a container with a few drops of the perfume or oil and shake. Let it sit overnight and done! Display in a decorative bowl.


Orange peel candles

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Oranges aren’t just for eating! For a delicious smelling (and tasting!) candle, all you need is:

  • Oranges (how ever many you like)
  • Knife
  • Oil (canola, vegetable or olive)
  • Candle lighter

Cut the orange in half and run the knife around the edges, loosening the fruit from the peel. Grab a fork and scrape the inside of the orange out without removing the inside stem (in centre of orange), Fill 3/4 of the orange halve with oil and let sit for 45 minutes. Try to light the orange (you’ll need a candle lighter so it can hold the flame for longer) by heating up the stem for 2-3 minutes until black and dry to the touch. It should relight easily after this!


Lemon-rosemary simmer pot


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All you need is:

  • A small stockpot
  • Water
  • Rosemary
  • 1 lemon
  • Vanilla extract

Fill the pot until it is about 2/3 full with water. Add 1 lemon (sliced) and a few sprigs of rosemary. Then, add the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Let this mixture simmer all day and it’ll fill your rooms with an amazing scent. Be sure to change after a couple of days as this is best used fresh.


Gel air freshener


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This is a great option if you don’t like open flames. All you need is:

  • Heat-proof jars
  • 4 packets of unflavoured gelatine
  • Food colouring
  • Salt
  • Essential oils

Add a few drops of whatever colouring (2 drops) and oil (30 drops) you like to the jars. Boil 1 cup of water on the stove and pour in your gelatine packets and whisk continuously. Once dissolved, add 1 cup of cold water and 1 tbsp of salt. Stir it all in and pour into your jars and mix it with the colouring and oil. Let it sit overnight until the gel is set!


DIY reed diffuser


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Reed oil diffusers are another awesome idea if you don’t like flames or have littlies over but still want a nice scent in your home. All you need is:

  • Tall jar
  • Baby oil
  • Essential oil
  • Bamboo skewers

Fill the jar with as much essential oil as you like and then the rest with baby oil until about half full. Place skewers in the jars and you’re done! It’ll take a few hours for the scent to work.


Bi-carb soda freshener


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All you need is:

  • A shallow jar
  • Bi-carb soda
  • Essential oil

Place the bi-carb soda in the jar so it is around 3/4 full. Add 5 or 6 drops of essential oil and leave near the door or in the bathroom. The bi-carb will suck up the bad smells (it’s great in the fridge too!)


Room spray


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For a little spritz of freshness, you can also make your own room spray.

All you need is:

  • Essential oil
  • Clean spray bottle (small)
  • Water
  • Vodka

Add 10-20 drops of oil (or a combination) to a clean spray bottle filled with 3 parts water and 1 part vodka – voila!

Natural home scent recipes..

  • Fall Wonderland: 1 sliced orange, 5 cinnamon sticks, 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  • Orange Amaretto: 1 sliced orange, 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • Sweet Mint: 2 sliced limes,  1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Gingerbread: 5 x 0.5cm slices of ginger, 1 tablespoon almond extract, 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Orange Icecream: 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 sliced orange
  • Cordon Bleu: 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract, 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • Italian Backyard: 1 lemon, 1 tsp black peppercorns, handful of basil
  • Forest: Cedar twigs, by themselves. I love cedar.
  • Regal Cream: Bergamot tea (Earl Grey), 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Blueberry Tea: Bergamot tea, 1 sliced orange, 1 tsp almond extract
  • Coconut Bay: 1 tablespoon coconut extract, 1 sliced lime


What do you use to scent your home? What is your favourite smell? Tell us below!

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  1. I grow rosemary and lavender. I crush them (not together!), add a few drops of natural oil and put them in an open dish. Sometimes put sprigs of coriander in vases. I also have as frangipani tree and put the flowers in saucers in the bathroom and toilet.

  2. In tears watching Gough’s memorial service, he was a great Australia but I had to smile when the thousand waiting outside the town hall booed at Abbott and Howard and cheered Julia and Hawkie..Gough would be chuckling at in heaven

    14 REPLY
    • Well we all have our views on political parties…. Labour party have shut down and sold up more enterprise and manufacturers than any other party . liberal party expects the remaining enterprise pay double to fund their ” fix quick” methods ….so they are just all fricking arseholes. However for those that did that at a funeral need to grow the fricking hell up

    • P.s. no Gough would not be laughing he is not laughing at this pathetic behaviour. No he did not condone Gillard or was a fan of the other twot. He was an Australian and a man.

    • Dianne.. Gough was Labor through and through.. he had no time for Abbott.. Gough gave me my education, where you even in this country when he was in Government? And Kerrie O’brianhall, there was no place for me to show my respect for this amazing Australian, if you don’t want to read it..skip by it

    • Disgraceful behaviour – it is not the place for such disgusting outbursts. It was a memorial service for God sake. People are there to pay their respects, regardless of their political party. Very un Australian and pathetic behaviour.

    • The boo’s were not scripted, they walked into Labor heartland, it was all spontaneous and it reflects the differences between Gough and the Abbott.. Gough would have laughed.. he would have said .. hey boys I told you to vote Labor. This is not an unusual event, everywhere Abbott goes he is booed. at NRL Final and the Grand Final.. he should be used to it by now

    • I agree there was no place to show respect for the greatest politician of our time. As many have said there was Australia before Gough and Australia after Gough and he dragged us kicking and screaming into the modern world. Unbeknown to many he ran budget surpluses during his entire Governance and all whilst building a modern Australia.

    • petty small minded little people..you had to scroll down to make a silly comment.. just skip the post your not obligated to read anything

    • It seems Gough isn’t welcome although he caused such a change for Australians and most here owe much to him.

  3. I am going to try them Cathie. ! Funny I just saw this post and I have put one on about the Rosemary bush. great minds!

  4. I put Lavender and eucalyptus oil around the house directly onto pillows when I change the cases and the house always smell fresh and good! It is very inexpensive lasts ages !

  5. I’ve just made a couple of Gel fresheners with the beautiful Lavender oil I brought back from Tasmania last week. Great idea!

  6. This thread came at the right time! I bought a diffuser recently and couldn’t find where to buy a refill. I saw some for sale but the cheapest ones were $20 which I thought was a bit much. These suggestions are great both from the article and peoples posts, thank you 🙂

  7. We had beautiful carmelia shrubs growing up and Mum used to put the flowers in a saucer on the tables at home

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