Saturday, December 17, 2011

Poor man's holiday room fragrance

Now that citrus fruits are in season, we've been going through boxes of clementines like there's no tomorrow. Here's a little room freshener idea that makes good use of all those peels sitting around.
  • orange peels from 2-3 clementines
  • cinnamon stick
  • whole cloves (maybe a teaspoonful?)
  • a sprinkling of grated nutmeg
  • (optional) a few drops of sweet orange essential oil (I have it on hand, so I add it)
Place everything in a small saucepan and add some water (not necessarily to cover, but enough that it won't boil down right away). Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Your kitchen will begin to smell wonderfully fragrant. Top off the water as needed. You can reuse the same mixture for several days -- just toss it when it starts to look like a nauseous mess. ;-)

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