Make Your House Smell Like Fall

Fall to me is not only about the cool weather and the comfort foods, but the smells. The smell of pumpkin, hot apple cider, and cinnamon — it all puts me in a fall mood.

You know when you walk into a home and it smells cozy, have you ever wondered how they do it? Well I recently turned my house into a cozy, fall oasis. I used some ingredients I had on hand to infuse citrus with a light earthy scent. It smells so good that I wanted to share it with you.

Some of the ingredients you may have in your pantry, but if you don’t they aren’t that expensive. There are lots of recipes available online, but I chose to use orange and lemon, cinnamon and whole cloves and bay leaves as my key ingredients.

Just a few ingredients from my pantry created this wonderful fall smell in my house. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Just a few ingredients from my pantry — cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, bay leaves as well as orange and lemon peels created this wonderful fall smell in my house.
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This is truly what you make of it. I mean instead of using lemon and orange peels you could substitute a gala apple and you could take out the bay leaves and use fresh rosemary. Or if you want your home to smell like pumpkin use pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

I took my ingredients and filled a large pot with water and let it boil. Once it struck a good boil then I let it simmer on low. Make sure you watch your pot because the water will eventually boil out, but all you have to do is fill it back up.

Cinnamon brings this simmer pot together along with orange and lemon peels, whole cloves and bay leaves. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Cinnamon brings this simmer pot together along with orange and lemon peels, whole cloves and bay leaves.
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You can reuse your simmer pot concoction, just store it in your fridge in a closed container for up to one week.

Blogger Bonus: For apple juice, cranberry juice, herbs and spices that are outdated, don’t throw them out just add to them to your simmering pot.

If you try my fall simmer pot recipe let me know how it turns out or if you have your own that you would like me to try share with me via instagram, twitter or just comment below.

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Tip Tuesday: Mean Green Lemon Clean

Well first off, it’s been a while since I last wrote a post. What can I say, but life has gotten hectic with baby Walker on the way (7 weeks to go). I know, wait until she gets here then the crazy can begin. At any rate I thought I should start September off with a fresh start and what says fresh better than lemons.

I’ve been cleaning in preparation for baby and thinking about ways to clean without using so many toxic chemicals. I’m not planning to go completely green, but the fewer number of chemicals we use, the better. I started in the kitchen and then it hit me as I was washing my hands with my Bath & Body Works lemon scented soap. Why don’t I clean with lemons?

Years ago I read a book by Heloise about cleaning using lemons and it all came flooding back to me. I could use lemons to clean my microwave.

Now let me warn you my microwave had gotten pretty grimy. Tell me I’m not the only one whose microwave looks like pizza, spaghetti sauce and toast had a baby. There were crumbs and so many other bits that I am sad to say I let it get that way.

Before lemons saved my grimy microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Before lemons saved my grimy microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

So I planned to get lemons while at the produce market and as I glanced at the reduced bin of vegetables and fruit that were just about to get the axe I see two lemons sitting on top for 15 cents each. Bingo. I mean why not save some money in the process?

Before I got to slicing away at my lemons I decided to give them a roll on the counter to get more juice out of them. If you didn’t know now you do. Rolling lemons or placing them in the microwave for a few seconds yields more juice. But since I was going to slice them and microwave them I just went straight for the roll method.

Rolling lemons on the counter yields more juice. Bonus if you're using reduced lemons and they are nearly dried up. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Rolling lemons on the counter yields more juice. Bonus if you’re using reduced lemons, like I did and they are nearly dried up. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I sliced those babies up, filled a recycled egg drop soup container with water and hit 2 minutes on the microwave. When 2 minutes didn’t quite do it, I added another 2 minutes. When I opened the microwave it smelled great and the steam from the lemon water loosened the gunk.

Sliced lemons that are about to get a "sauna" treatment in the microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Sliced lemons that are about to get a “sauna” treatment in the microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

After carefully removing my lemon water, I was able to take a sponge and wipe the ceiling of the microwave and the walls. Some areas needed a little extra scrubbing. A couple of times I dipped my sponge into the water and used a few toothpicks to sort of unearth some stuck on food from the cracks. While the glass turntable soaked in some vinegar and water in the sink I scrubbed away.

Lemons in a bit of water and 2 minutes (or longer) in the microwave makes for a clean surface. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Lemons in a bit of water for 2 minutes (or longer) in the microwave makes for a clean surface. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I think I did a great job and the microwave actually looked brand new.

Here's half the microwave cleaned with lemons and water after about 4 minutes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here’s half the microwave cleaned with lemons and water after about 4 minutes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

 

Here's the after of the microwave using lemons and water to steam clean the grime. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here’s the after of the microwave using lemons and water to steam clean the grime. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/


Tip: If four minutes just didn’t cut it, simply add two more minutes.

Tip: Let the water sit for a few seconds so it doesn’t erupt when you remove the container and continue scrubbing if the gunk doesn’t come clean the first time.

Tip: I plan to use a tad bit of the leftover lemon water, mixed with some vinegar to clean my kitchen sink and the baseboards in my bathroom.

Now this is a heckuva Tip Tuesday (tips all over the place). Hope you like the idea of Tip Tuesday where I’ll be featuring cleaning hacks, beauty tips, Pinterest finds, etc. every Tuesday (hopefully, cross your fingers).

As always if you try any or all of these tips, let me know via instagram, twitter or facebook by tagging me and using #TipTuesday.