This file is a clever way to use what you have on hand to scent your home .  Herbs and fruit such as lemon or oranges, and spices such as vanilla or cinnamon can make for an amazing fragrance without using chemicals and artificial ingredients.

Here is a few ideas for simmering or slow cooking.


Stove Top
Add 2-3 cups of water to a small sauce pan and desired ingredients.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Do not let water evaporate (you can add more if needed).
Slow Cooker
Many readers have suggested using a small slow cooker for this! Just place the same ingredients into your slow cooker and let it sit on low all day


Mint and Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a wonderfully crisp citrus fragrance. I paired mine with mint and a few slices of peeled ginger, but I think grapefruit and rosemary would also smell incredible together!

Rosemary and Lemon

Sliced lemon and sprigs of rosemary create a classic combination with a bright, crisp scent.

Lime, Mint and Ginger

Fresh lime and mint make a perfect pair (who else loves a mojito?). The addition of freshly peeled ginger is a nice twist.


1 Orange, Sliced
1 Lemon, Sliced



Cranberry Bliss

1 orange
½ lemon
1 cup cranberries
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon cloves



Minted Lime

2 Limes, Sliced
2 Sprigs Fresh Mint
½ teaspoon Peppermint extract (optional)




Apple Pie

2 Apples, sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
1 lemon slice
dash of vanilla extract
Vanilla Spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
4 cloves

Rich Spice

2 Cinnamon Sticks
½ tablespoon Whole Cloves
1 Whole Nutmeg
Lemon Rosemary
1 Lemon Sliced
3 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
1 Cinnamon Stick