Making a home, office or apartment a nice and positive place will take good effort, but sometimes all you really need to do to improve upon it is to make it smell nice. This is a task that goes beyond simple house cleaning, carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning tasks. Think about how nice it would be to walk into your home after a long day at work and to smell some baking cookies or fresh cinnamon.
A good scent around our rooms can mean a great difference between feeling grumpy and down and improving our mood right away. There is a proven connection between the olfactory functions of the body and their connection to moods as aromatherapy fans know. A nice and fresh smelling area will be something that could make or break the look and feel of a home, so make sure you work on it with the following tips:
Making a simmer pot of rosemary and lemons
You can make this fairly simply by combining the following ingredients: a small pot, water, rosemary, one lemon and some vanilla extract. You can fill the pot to about 2/3 full with water, then add the sliced up lemon and a few sprigs of rosemary as a combination. Once that is done you can add half a tablespoon worth of vanilla. Let this mixture simmer all day and it will help fill your rooms with a pleasant scent. You can use this mixture for the household cleaning routine about two days before it loses its potency.
Making candles out of orange peels
There are many ways you can make use of oranges apart from a dietary choice. You can make candles out of them and all without having to waste the food in the process. All you really need to make it happen is a knife, an orange and some oil such as vegetable, olive or canola as well as a candle lighter.
The steps to make it happen are as follows:
Cut the orange in half
Take a knife and run it on the edges of the orange. This should help loosen up the fruit from the peel itself.
Using a fork try to scrape out the inside of the orange carefully. Do not remove the inside stem if you can, even though it may be pretty hard to do so. Keep on scraping the fruit around it and work on that.
Once you’re done making the inside of your orange nice and clean, then you can fill it up to about ¾ with oil. Any oil of your choosing will do as long as the orange is not leaking due to mishandling the previous step.
Let the oil sit inside the orange for about 45 minutes or so. It is important to ensure you let the oil sit out and the stem of the orange should absorb it. This will help it burn well later down the line. If you failed to keep the stem intact, then you can make use of a wick instead, but the result won’t be exactly the same.
After that is done you will need to try lighting the orange. A candle lighter would be ideal in this case, as it will allow you to keep it lit for longer. Hold the lighter to the stem and allow it to heat it up. This will probably take some time, such as a couple of minutes. You should let it rest for a bit, then once it feels dry to the touch you should try relighting it once again, allowing the flame to burn.
Make sure you deal with cleaning up after yourself and watch for oil spills or you will have to deal with floor and upholstery cleaning.