Natural Lemon Vanilla Home Air Freshener


My sense of smell has always been top notch. Since having kids, it’s heightened and probably doubled in sensitivity. It’s a blessing and a curse. I can smell a dirty diaper from a mile away and I’m thankful sometimes to have a stuffy nose to get a break from that every now and then. Our house is fairly small and it doesn’t take much to make it stink.

I know the old saying, but I’ve made up a new one today. When life hands you lemons, you make air freshener. That’s got a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Lemons truly are a miracle fruit. With their sourness they conquer flavor in a host of different dishes. You can also use them to clean or turn around and throw them in a cocktail. But did you know they make a fantastic air freshener?

I had a few lemons sitting around that were going to go bad soon so I was looking for ways to use them up. I came across this home scent idea at Our Everyday Dinners and decided to give it a whirl. I didn’t have any rosemary at the time so I left that out. You would not believe how amazing this made our home smell!

There are only 2 ingredients needed and you’re set. Lemons and vanilla extract. And of course, you can add the rosemary too!

You start by filling a medium sauce pot up with water. Cut 3 lemons in half and place in the water. Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Bring to boil and then simmer until all the water is gone.

Simple as pie!

Within around an hour, your pot will look something like this. The moisture has all been sucked out, but your home smells lovely!

When I first put this on to simmer, my husband walked into the kitchen (following his nose) and asked where that smell was a couple of times. He overlooked the saucepan and I eventually told him that it was on the stove.

It’s such a fresh and tangy, yet sweet and creamy smell that the vanilla and lemon combine to make. It’s a great way to use up lemons that are going bad.

Let me know if you try it!

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  1. I really want to try this. How long does your house smell nummy for after you do this?

  2. I may have a sensitive smeller, but I could smell it for the rest of that day. 🙂

  3. This was great! My small apartment smelled so good in just minutes and stuck around all day.

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  5. Awesome 🙂 I absolutely enjoyed this smell

  6. I bought organic onions and they are the strongest onions I have ever smelled. EVERYTHING smelled* of onions. I tried this and it worked wonders. God Bless You! Thank you!

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