Homemade Air Freshener That Smells Like Christmas

When I was young, I knew it was Christmas time because of the smell.  My mom would always make a homemade air freshener that would make our whole house smell so good!  I still remember sitting in my house doing homework loving the smell coming fromt he kitchen!

Make this homemade air freshener that smells like Christmas the whole holiday season! Made with 4 ingredients! Includes orange peels, cinnamon, cloves and water.

When we moved to Virginia, I learned where this tradition came from.  This homemade air freshener was something people would do in the colonial times, but they would often do it with fresh fruits and spices. Every winter they would fill their homes with oranges and cloves.  They would serve as decor and homemade air freshener at the same time!

It is SUPER easy to do the same thing now!  But we use the fresh stuff in a pot or a crock pot!  This is something a young child could help with too because it takes no cutting or prepping, just putting stuff in a pot and turning it on!

It only takes a couple ingredients to make your house smell heavenly, These are my favorites that always remind me of christmas, but you can use just about anything fresh you have lying around the house!

Homemade Air Freshener that smells like Christmas

Make this homemade air freshener that smells like Christmas the whole holiday season! Made with 4 ingredients! Includes orange peels, cinnamon, cloves and water.

Orange peel (enough to fill 3/4 of the pot)
water to fill pot
1/2 tsp. cinnamon or a couple cinnamon sticks
about 5-10 cloves

Fill a pot with orange peels and water
add cinnamon and cloves to the pot and put it on medium heat.
The water will start to boil and make the house smell super good and Holiday like!

Another option is to make this homemade air freshener by using a crock pot and have it on low the whole day!  Then you don’t have to think about it, except when you are thinking about it when you smell the sweet fresh goodness!!


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  1. Joanne DeHart says:

    I have used this method many times to freshen my entire home.I have done every thing from orange to apples and even combined the two.Wonderful !!! It reminds me of my mom
    She was always in the kitchen! When I came home from school – dinner would be cooking. Oh how I miss those days. We always had friends &family there. & always had little deserts. No one left hungry for sure!! Christmas was all your nose could smell,while all the cookies were baking, mom would let us all decorate ( even the neighborhood kids would be right there. So,I learned a lot. Especially since were the neighborhood hangout for all the kids.

    1. What a wonderful memory! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Love this BUNCHES!! Need ideas for year round PLEASE. I want my hone to always smell good and he memorable to those who enter. No matter what the reason they are here; family, friend, or some maintenance person.

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  4. Oh my. This sounds amazing? Does it reheat or do you have to make it everyday?

    1. It can be reheated if you keep it covered overnight. But I would recommend changing out the peels regularly.

  5. Can a long-lasting one be made from dry peals and cinnamon and cloves and bottled up to be kept in a corner or can it be made only with fresh one’s?

    1. I have never tried it with dried Items, but I am sure you could!

  6. I make this as a cleaner with white vinegar,cloves, cinnamon sticks and allspice berries. Let it sit for 3-4 weeks. Drain into sieve, use liquid 1/2 vinegar strength 1/2 water in glass bottles (vinegar destroys plastic and leaches chemicals) .

    1. This is a great idea!

  7. I love this idea. ..I can’t wait to make it

  8. Amanda Barker says:

    Can you use Clive essential oil if you don’t have actual cloves?