Speedy Christmas potpourri
This quick fix will make your home smell festive in no time. Use up leftover Christmas spices, like cinnamon sticks, orange slices, star anise, cloves, ginger and vanilla, and pine sprigs from the tree to create a DIY potpourri: You can boil them in water on the hob for up to four hours, adding more water as you go if needed. Let it cool overnight and boil again for the same effect the next day.
Christmas cheer in a flash
What could be better than welcoming your guests to the smell of fresh baking? Well there's a simple hack that means you can do just that even if you haven't got enough time to actually bake. Pop some vanilla extract in the oven in an ovenproof dish, put on a low heat and enjoy the sweet aroma of baking for the rest of the day…
Scented pine cone decorations
Scented pine cones not only make your home smell gorgeous, but they also make great seasonal decorations too. To prepare your cones, pop them in the oven at gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C for 30 minutes. This helps to open them up and prepare them for essential oils.
Once cool put them in a ziplock bag, add 20 to 30 drops (depending on how strong you want it to smell) of your chosen oils and shake. Leave for up to a week to let the pine cones absorb the fragrance, then take them out and display around your home.
Make your own reed diffuser
A homemade reed diffuser is great for bedrooms or living rooms and helps to give your whole home a festive feel. Mix the ingredients shown below to create your own version with your favourite essential oils.
Pets and messy family members can make your carpet look less than ready for Christmas entertaining. For a quick Christmas pep-up, mix a tablespoon of ground cinnamon with a tablespoon of baking soda and shake into your carpet, leave for 30 minutes to an hour. Vacuum up for an instantly fresher home.
Scented orange garland
Now is the time to make more of this fruit – especially if it’s past its best. Start by baking slices of your oranges in the oven at gas 6, 120°C, fan 100°C for around three hours, turning every hour or so.
Leave in the oven to cool overnight before threading ribbon through your dried slices and hanging from the window, wall or fireplace. You can even add bay leaves or cinnamon sticks in between the orange slices to make your new garlands extra fragrant.
Christmas in a bottle
For a quick and easy fix when you’re short on time, simply mix 90ml (3 fl oz) of vodka with 30 – 40 drops of your favourite essential oils – cedarwood, vanilla and pine are good options – top up with water, stir and transfer to an empty spray bottle. Spritz any rooms in need of Christmas cheer.
Freshen up your bathroom with this hidden hack
If friends and family are staying over this Christmas, the last thing you want to worry about is how your bathroom smells. Make sure yours stays fresh by putting a few drops of essential oil on the inside of the cardboard of your loo roll. Pop your toilet roll back on the holder and it will fill the bathroom with your favourite fragrance for days on end.
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