Deodorizing the Home with Herbs & Spices
I love my furry babies, but the pet odors they can leave behind are awful at times. We have nine pets in this little old red house. Those pets are three Holland lops, which act like cats and are liter trained, four cats, a crazy old dog who thinks he is human and a pet squirrel. I am always moping the floors, keeping the liter pans clean, deodorizing the carpets with baking soda and wiping down surfaces. However, doing these things alone never seems to rid the pet odors from the house completely.
So, I just started to place a large pot of water on top of the stove with fresh herbs and spices in it. Let me tell you all, the large pot of water on top of the stove burner on medium heat with a fragrant steam coming from it does the trick when it comes to getting rid of those nasty airborne pet odors. It’s amazing.
One of my favorite deodorizing combinations is a large pot of water with cinnamon sticks, ground nutmeg and some allspice. Sometimes when I have some oranges and apples on hand I will slice them up and toss them into the pot of ingredients as well. Then, I place the pot onto my stove burner, turn the burner on low to medium heat and allow the fragrant steam to cleanse and hydrate the air, which it does well. In fact, even after I was done with the pot of herbs and spices on the stop my home stays fresh for up to 12 hours, which is a lot longer than I would get if I were to use a grocery store brand air freshener.
Best of all, the pot of herbs and water on the stove is all natural and does not hurt my environment, our health or the animals health like chemical air fresheners tend to do. The steam coming from the pot also helps take dust particles out of the air, which is a bonus because I have severe allergies that I can usually maintain as long as I keep the dust down in the house.
Anyways, I hope those of you who use this natural deodorizing remedy I just share enjoy it as much as I am. Don’t be afraid to use different combinations of herbs and spices either. For example, basil and lemon are excellent for clean scents and lavender and rosemary make for a calming deodorizing scent. I prefer sweet country scents that are warm and inviting so I tend to stick with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, apples and oranges. You do what pleases you and makes your home smell good again.