You know we love simmering potpourri recipes (read our posts about Simmer Scents for Autumn and Summer). They’re a simple, cost-conscious way to make your house smell warm and comforting for the holidays using fruits and spices and WITHOUT the use of harmful chemicals! They’re especially useful for anyone planning to put their home on the market soon — research shows that potential buyers can find overly complex fragrances too distracting. These natural fragrance recipes are super light and clean, a great way to make your house smell welcoming to anyone who visits this holiday season!
How to Do It:
Add ingredients to a small sauce pan or pot. Add water until ingredients float. Bring to a gentle boil, then immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer and enjoy! Add more water as needed, typically about every 30 minutes (otherwise, you’ll end up with the smell of scorched food wafting through the house–YUCK).
Try these aromatic combinations (measurements don’t have to be exact so adjust according to your taste):
- Coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, cardamom pods, allspice berries
- Orange peel, cloves, star anise, lemon peel, nutmeg
- Rosemary sprigs, vanilla, orange peel
- Apple slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves
- Juniper berries, lemon peel, orange peel
Once again it should probably go without saying, but being the conscientious home stager that I am, I’m going to say it anyway: don’t leaving anything burning on the stove unattended. Another (safer?) alternative is to simmer the entire mixture in a small crockpot, uncovered on the “Low” setting. Save the mixture in a glass jar in the fridge when you’re done (can last several days). Just reheat the next day to re-scent your home.
If you’re selling your home this winter and need more tips on how to freshen up, Three Bears Home Staging can help! Call us at (832) 377-0785 to set up a Walk & Talk Consultation. Clients outside the Houston area can schedule an Online Home Staging Consultation with us — click here for more information.
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