How to Make Your House Smell Good


I’m a huge candle fanatic.  Between candles and kitchen supplies I’m pretty sure I could make us go broke.  There is just something about coming home to a house that smells wonderful.

Ever since I can remember my mom would boil a pot of water and throw fruit peels into it and let it simmer.  Our house would be filled with this wonderful aroma.  Not sure why I am just now doing this to my home.  We are always eating fruit and throwing away the peels.  NEVER AGAIN!  Well, never say never but I will try to keep them around to make my house smell good.  It gets even better when you thrown the peels into the garbage disposal to help with that rotten smell.

Now go eat some fruit and make your house smell good.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Print Recipe

How to Make Your House Smell Good


2 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cinnamon sticks
peels from 1 orange
peels from 1 lemon


Bring a small pot with water to a boil.
Add the rest of the ingredients and keep at a boil for 20 minutes.
Bring down the heat to a simmer for one hour, stir occasionally.
(Remove the cinnamon sticks and place the rest of the ingredients in garbage disposal.)


12 Responses to “Tip Tuesday: How to Make Your House Smell Good”

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    Anne @The Cooking Campaign — March 12, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I love this idea! No more wasted peels!


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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I have always wanted to do this!! My house doesn’t know what’s coming!

    Also, three cheers you are going to BloghHer Food!! I’m going too!!


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — March 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm



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    Sues — March 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    My husband always makes fun of me for spending so much money on “wax.” This is a great idea! :)


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    Kate@Diethood — March 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    My mom used to do this, too!! I only do it during the holidays… now I’m asking myself why only during the holidays?!? Beautiful idea, Meagan! I am about to peel an orange and throw the peel in a saucepan!


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    Kate — March 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    My grandma would always have coinnamon and a pinch of cloves in a pot of boiling water around the holidays. Smells delicious! I’ve never tried citrus, but it sounds divine. Oooh! Maybe lavendar would work too. Great idea!


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    Natalie — March 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Lovely tip and lovely scent!


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 14, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I saw this on Pinterest and have been wanting to try it! It sounds wonderful!!


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I love candles too but Jason can’t stand them so I don’t light them around the house. I’m sure he wouldn’t oppose to this though!


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    Kelly — March 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I do something like this in the Fall with apple cider, cinnamon and other fruit….makes my house smell amazing! Can’t wait to try yours, I LOVE the addition of vanilla! :)


    • azestybite replied: — March 15th, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

      It’s funny how you can read something so descriptive and you start to smell the flavors.


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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I love the garbage disposal tip! I’d love to try it out but it seems like garbage disposals exist *only* in the US. All the other countries seem to think we’re crazy for having them.

    Anyway, I came home yesterday from work and “yelled” at my husband because it smelled like garbage. Now I know how to temporarily fix that. :)


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