Friday, December 23, 2011

A Festive Smelling Home

Having a nice smelling home is something I always strive for, especially since we have two cats. For some reason people who do not own cats think that your house always smells of cat urine which is as far from the truth as it gets. If you properly take care of your litter boxes, scooping every other day and changing the litter every two weeks, will leave your house smelling fine. Adding baking soda to the litter also helps. There is absolutely no reason a cat owners house should smell of cats. Maintaining a nice smelling home is actually pretty easy, but if you are like me, you realize the smells you wish to smell change throughout the year. December brings gingerbread, peppermint, cinnamon, and other baking smells.

Growing up, my mother always boiled a mixture around the holidays that left our house smelling festive and divine. Today, I would like to share this recipe with you.


1 orange or lemon, thinly sliced (1/2 orange if using smaller pot)
1 stick or 2 tbsp cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
1 tbsp whole cloves


Fill a large pot with water until it is two inches from the top. Add your orange and spices and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes before reducing to a simmer. Add more water and spices when needed. You can also push the cloves into the orange slices and boil, but this is not necessary.

Simple right? Of course! This will keep your house smelling wonderful all season long. You can also boil pine needles to produce a pine smell if you like and peppermint extract for a pepperminty smell.

Have a wonderful holiday!
<3The Mortician's Wife

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