5+ natural ways to freshen any room

Keeping your home smelling fresh is an ongoing battle. We are all constantly dealing with musty basements and bathrooms, living rooms overrun with kids and dogs, and kitchens that seemingly feed armies.
Often, cleaning up these spaces is the main focus. But even after a good cleanup job, there are smells that linger. Of course, you can reach for the branded air sprays, but those really aren't good for your home. They're packed with chemicals that stick to your rugs, furniture, and clothes. Yuck!
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There are actually some really effective home remedies out there to keep just about any room in your house smelling airy and fresh. And the best part is that you already have most of the necessities lying around in your cupboard. There's really no excuse! Check out the list and get started on your next simple do-it-yourself project.
1. DIY Febreze
If you already use your favorite scent of Downy Unstopables for your clothing, this is an awesome DIY for you. Here is the recipe:
1. Combine 1/4 cup of Downy Unstopables with 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 cup hot water.
2. Let it all dissolve for about 30 minutes.
3. Pour in an old spray bottle and squirt around the house!
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2. Simmer pot
This is an awesome solution to freshen up your kitchen after cooking a big meal or to make the whole house smell good if you have a wide-open floor plan. You simply need to bring a pot of water to a boil, and add some of your favorite essential oils, fruits or herbs.
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Here are a couple favorite combinations to try:
1. Orange and cinnamon
2. Lemon and rosemary
3. Lavender and grapefruit
3. Gel jars
Don't pay for those expensive (but great-smelling) gel jars any longer. You can make your own at home quickly and easily with some unscented gelatin.
First, grab a clean jar and fill it up with about 30 drops of your favorite essential oil and some food coloring. Follow the instructions for the gelatin — which is usually just combining hot water and the powder — and once that's ready, pour it into your jar. It has to sit overnight to thicken, but the next day it'll be ready to make any room smell fresh.
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4. DIY oil diffusers
Ever looked at one of those scent diffusers and said, "I could make that," but didn't know how? Grab some bamboo skewers, a small vase, and your favorite essential oil. Fill up the jar with oil (to your preference), and then fill the rest with baby oil. The bamboo will absorb the mixture and leave your room smelling wonderfully fresh.
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5. Baking soda air freshener
This is an awesome — and totally simple — DIY for rooms that need a little extra help staying fresh. Think bathroom, mudroom or basement. Simply fill a mason jar with 1/2 cup baking soda and a few drops of your essential oil of choice. Then, top the jar with a piece of paper or cardboard that has holes cut out. The baking soda will absorb any nasty smells, and the oils will diffuse into the room.
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