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Whole House Smell Good

Cooking certain foods can make your house reek.  Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bacon, and fish all make my house odoriferous.  The cabbage and Brussels sprouts let off an odor when being cooked, and also about six hours after being consumed…

This is a tip that is a cinch to implement and has cleared out any smell that I’ve wanted to banish from my home.

Whole House Smell Good
2 cups of water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1-3 star anise (if you have them.  They’re absolutely not necessary though)

Put everything in a pot and and simmer on the back of the stove until you can’t smell whatever you’re trying to get rid of.

If the scent isn’t within wafting distance of your kitchen, you can put this all in the crockpot on low in your room of choice.  If using a crockpot, increase the amount of water.

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7 comments on “Whole House Smell Good”

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one that loves the smell of bacon!

    I love the idea of something making the house smell nice AND adding moisture to the air, so thanks for sharing this!

  2. I love the smell of bacon, so not sure what y’all are talking about…

    On a serious note, I’ve also heard about boiling down used lemons, limes or oranges (peel and all). The crockpot trick is genious, though.

  3. I love this idea! I used to put a little pan of water with vanilla and cinnamon on the stove top to make the house smell nice, but I haven’t done it in forever 🙂 Now we have a wood stove heating our house all day and this would be perfect.

    I’d love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop!

  4. I cooked bacon last night and the nasty smell was still there this AM. If it’s still there when I get home, I’m doing this. Thanks, B.

  5. Love this!

    I do this all winter to increase the humidity in the house. We’re a snuffly nosed bunch in the colder months.

  6. I bought a Bath & Body Works Wallflower plug in thing, emptied out the (probably toxic) scented oil, and replaced with with store-bought vanilla. I opted for the cheap artificial stuff since we’re not eating it. I have one in the dog’s room in the basement and one in the kitchen. The vanilla is subtle enough for me – I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like the smell – but seems to be strong enough to fight my stinky dog’s stench.