It’s no secret that a happy, inviting home is one that smells great. After all, why else would real estate agents make all those houses for sale smell like freshly baked cookies?
Of course, churning out baked goods on a daily basis would be a little crazy. And traditional air fresheners, aside from smelling fake, are usually loaded with hormone-disrupting phthalates. Natural options aren’t always better: The whole business of essential oils and diffusers can get messy. And incense—in addition to sometimes being overpowering—might not be so great for your health.
Your space doesn’t have to be doomed to scentless existence, though. Just head for your pantry! By simmering fragrant ingredients like fruit, herbs, and spices on your stovetop, you can make your home smell warm, cozy, and all around awesome for hours. Yup, it’s that easy.
Just about any ingredient combo that tastes good would probably smell good, too. But if you’re looking for some scentspiration, we’ve got you covered. Here are four combos to try.
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