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  1. Kim

    Mmmmm, love me some incense! Anything that reminds me of leafy/woodsy/rainy-grassi-ness!

    • Crunchy Betty

      There’s this one stuff … I can’t ever remember the name of it. I don’t know why I’m even mentioning it. But it comes in this flattish, roundish paper packaging, and it’s from India (big surprise). But it’s, like, Goddess something, and the packaging is a beautiful yellow. And it’s my favorite of any incense ever.

      I am no help at all.

  2. I am definitely going to try the sea salt lemon rind trick, it sounds cool! On your pomander, try pre-poking the holes with a thumb tack or toothpick. The cloves will be easier to push in then. Can you tell I’ve made those before? For general air-freshening, we just open windows and turn on fans (or do the match thing)…:P

    • Crunchy Betty

      See. I knew – I KNEW – there would be a reason why I ran out of cloves so early on. I have little patience, and it was bugging me, breaking cloves and whatnot. This is the reason I ran out. Because you were supposed to tell me before I finished it and went completely crazy.

      Thank you. Thank you. My sanity thanks you, too.

  3. Such good stuff as always! I like to boil things on the stove (no, not rabbits, although I’m still stalking you). Like apples and cinnamon sticks, or lavendar. Smells yummy. I’m definitely doing the salt thing.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Seriously, I had to sit on my hands not to include a simmer pot. But I wanted to wait and do a post about simmer pots when it started to get chillier.

      Mmm. I’ve never tried apples and cinnamon sticks, though. Writing it down. Remembering it for autumn days and posts to come.

  4. oh yes…matches in the bathroom….a necessity!! :-)

    great tips!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Haha. Isn’t it silly how something so simple can work so well? The only thing about matches is, now that smell is associated with bathrooms for me. And it’s weird.

  5. Mimi

    These ideas sound great! Can’t wait to try the Sea Salt one in the camper bathroom. Also, think the herb one sounds like a winner. Wonder what herbs would smell best in a Nissan Pathfinder?

    • Crunchy Betty

      I think that depends on whether or not your dog is in there. Ha.

      Definitely try the lemons in the camper. You should have asked me about that sooner!

      Hope my kid isn’t, you know, running around and screaming too much for you tonight. Because that’s what he does. Runs around and screams. Yeah.

  6. I love you! Love the grandmother tribute with their wrinkled kleenexes!
    I am a fan of the pomander. I once did a bunch of them for Christmas decorations and our house smelled amazing. Like illegitmate season children! I also read that a bowl of cloves in the pantry can help with those pesky moths I was battling. Don’t know if it works, but my pantry smells good now!
    I’m a fan of your pillow case method as well!
    I do a little distilled water and vodka with some lavender EO and use it for a linen spray. Smells so good!
    Thank you for your great ideas! You rock!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Haha! Your comments are always so freakin’ uplifting.

      Come live with me and be my personal commenter forever.

      I’m going to try the distilled water/vodka/EO thing, only I’m using ylang-ylang. I’m back on my ylang-ylang kick right now. I think it’s the rainy weather.


  7. I love the pompador! If you have any suggestions to keep an office smelling nice, I’m all ears (or eyes). We have an office cat and just no matter what it smells a little like cat… We love her, but would like it to smell “Fresh Cotton Clean” :)

    • Crunchy Betty

      Well, this may not be all that much of a “homemade” tip (although there’s a little thrown in there). If you’re hinting at litterboxishness, we use SwheatScoop litter – and it’s so amazing. I throw a little bit of baking soda in with it and occasionally a little sprinkle of lemon juice or lemon essential oil. Fiance is REALLY good about cleaning the litter every day (it was my only requirement for getting a cat – I don’t do litter), and I’m sure that helps. But he only changes it once every two weeks, and it’s only at the VERY end that it starts smelling a little off.

      Kitties. It’s weird that they can be so stinky sometimes.

  8. Wow, love this post! I am always seeking out natural alternatives to nasty toxic smelly air fresheners. I use Citrus freshener but I love all these techniques much better! I especially like the incense in the air vents one! I am always burning incense in the house and my favorite scent is Gonesh sticks Vanilla. I can’t wait to try these out.

  9. Okay THAT was amazing! Definitely going to try a few of those! :)

  10. I love all of these tips. I’ve actually done the incense in the air vents before…much more pleasant smelling than burning them.

  11. first time visitor via HCHW… random knowledge: is it Egyptian Goddess incense? My friend told me she looooved the smell of this perfume and of course that’s all I call her now ;)

    Great post btw! thanks for the info.

    • Crunchy Betty

      You know what’s weird? I think it IS Egyptian Goddess incense. It’s something goddess, anyway.

      That’s so weird.

      I have got to get back to that Tibetan store soon and find it (I threw away the box and just have the little bag it came in) again. This is going to drive me nuts now!

      Come back soon!

  12. I have the match on my list too. You have some great ideas here. I need to do the essential oil on fabric in the diaper pail. I’ve just been too lazy too. Love the herbs drying in the car and I’m going to try the salt in a citrus rind too, b/c we are all about citrus around here.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Love your blog! It’s adorable.

      Let me know what you think about the rindy thing. It took a few days to really get comfortable with the fact that the rind wasn’t going to mold or start being decomposing in smelliness. I have heard TONS of people say that just a tiny strip of fabric with tea tree oil in the diaper pail (or clothes hamper) works wonders. Good luck!

      And come back soon!

  13. After the clove’s dry out remove them out of the organe and grind them up. Sprinkle on you’r carpet wait for awhile then vacuum right off you’r carpet or sprinkle on the carpet’s in you’r car.. Peeling’s from orange’s lemon’s or lime’s wash real good then peel and put some in a zip back in freezer and some in a jelly jar with alittle water and vinegar store in a dark place for 2 week’s and you got you’r self a very awsome cleaner.. Enjoy i know i have…..

    • Crunchy Betty

      LOVE it!

      I’ve saved this tip in my little “tip folder.” I hope you don’t mind if I use it sometime (with credit to you, of course)!

      I’m so glad you’re here! Come back and comment more often!

  14. kira

    I just saw a recipe for “DIY Febreze” which consisted of fabric softener and baking soda. I know fabric softener isn’t very crunchy, so would essential oil work instead?


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