Simmering Orange-Cinnamon Air Freshener Recipe

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Scent and memory

Smell is one of the most important senses and is closely linked to our memories. We all want our homes to smell wonderful and create beautiful memories for our families.

Not all air fresheners are natural

Commercial air fresheners often contain volatile organic compounds such as benzene and formaldehyde which can lead to asthma, headaches and cancer.  They also contain pthalates, which contribute to reproductive issues including birth defects.  Some of the “fresheners” with these ingredients are even marked “natural”! 

Scent your home the healthy way with this air freshener recipe

This recipe is an all-natural alternative to artificial air fresheners and room sprays.  It’s also less expensive and creates a nice little bit of humidity if you are using a heater or the weather is dry.

Scent your home with real natural ingredients!


Simmering Orange Cinnamon Air Freshener
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  1. 2 Oranges, Sliced (you could also use leftover orange or lemon peels)
  2. 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  3. 1 Tablespoon Ground Cloves
  4. 2 Cinnamon Sticks or 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  1. Fill a saucepan with two quarts water and two tablespoons white vinegar
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Bring mixture to a boil and boil until it becomes aromatic
  4. Turn down heat until mixture is simmering
  5. Check back often, your water will evaporate and you will need to add more from time to time
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About Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.


  1. Is there any reason you couldn’t put this in a potpourri pot?

    • I think a potpourri pot could work, but I don’t have one so I couldn’t say for certain! Try it and let me know!

  2. I just put this on the stove and the house smells wonderful!

    • That’s great! There’s nothing better than having your house smell good ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am wondering if this could be refrigerated and reused again a few days later?

    • Hmmm, interesting question! I find the smell starts to dissapate after a few hours on the stove, but I think if you haven’t simmered it long then refrigerating is worth a try!

  4. Hi would it work with gelatin added and put in a glass jar ?

  5. This question even sounds silly to me, but do you just continue to replenish the water until the fragrance is gone?
    I am thinking of using a small slow cooker set on low after it boils. I would still need to check on it, but probably not as often. This would also give the option of using it in the back part of the house far away from the kitchen stove. We shall see how that works.

  6. Yes, just keep adding water. I’ve heard good things about using a slow cooker! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. And not silly at all!