Make Your Home Smell Awesome With This All Natural Air Freshener

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Everyone loves a good smelling house, that’s fact. Most of us light scented candles in order to get our homes smelling awesome, but sometimes we just don’t have a candle handy — so what now? Well, you can try this genius little all natural hack that will have your home smelling absolutely incredible!

Kimmi Charlton from Manitoba, Canada, has been putting cloves into orange for about a decade, and she’s not stopping any time soon.

I saw someone do this on TV about 10 years ago and I thought that I would try it,” she said.

The aromatic effects of this simple craft were instantaneous and she recommends other people try it. “It really makes a room smell so pretty and natural smelling!”

These “cloves in oranges” scented balls are actually called pomanders, and they’ve been used for thousands of years. They were also worn as jewelry in the Middle Ages to ward away bad smells. They were also believed to prevent infections.

“Medieval herbalists used pomanders — mixtures of fragrant, dried herbs in cloth bags or perforated boxes — to ward off illness or bring strength and good fortune,” says the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

These pieces were often decorated with gems. In the 16th century, the orange was divided into segments to be combined with other spices. People also shaped them into skulls, dice, and books, as more personalized decorations.

Charlton posted a picture of two pomanders on the Facebook page, The Arctic Kitchen: Recipes of the North, with the caption: Something different!  I make one every year.  This year I made 2.  Twice as Nice. Cloves poked into Mandarin Oranges!  House smells so good 😍

Kimmi Charlton | Facebook

How to Make a Orange and Clove Pomander

“Pomander” comes from the French phrase pomme d’ambre, which translates as “apple of amber”.  This refers to the round shape of the fruits as well as the added smell. Here’s how to make your own:

Step 1: Select a firm orange and stick whole dried cloves into it.

Step 2: That’s it!