Many years ago, I read about this simple idea in the Good Things column of Martha Stewart's Living Magazine, and I have found a link for you here. Of all the inspiration I have taken from magazines, I find that this is the one I use most often.
It's simple, it's inexpensive and it works!
Chop up a couple of lemons, they don't have to be the freshest, ones that have been at the bottom of the fruit bowl will do. Put them in a saucepan half filled with water and add a good handful of cloves. I sometimes add a cinnamon stick as well.
Pop the pan on the stove top, once boiling turn to a simmer and leave for about 20 minutes. You will find the scent permeates throughout the house, and it is delightful, clean and fresh.
It's especially good if you have been doing a lot of stove top cooking, and there are any lingering kitchen smells. I also find it perfect on those very wet and very cold winter days, when I can't face chilling the house by opening the windows to allow a through breeze!
Nina's suggestions inspired me to try the Yankee Candle range. I found them in my local department store in Kingston, and bought a few mini candles. I stuck the labels on the base of the candle holders, so I knew which candle I was burning. I have lit them several times and they certainly add a lovely mellow scent to the rooms. With the bonus, that there is still a faint pleasant smell in the morning. So Thank you Nina, for inspiring me, I will certainly be buying more.
|It smells wonderful, and is pretty too!|
|Ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen|
|Old or new, both are fine|
|Chop and pop in the pot|
|I always add lots of cloves|
|And sometimes a cinnamon stick|
|My super new candles|
|Ready to be tested!|