Your apartment could be as clean and organized as possible, but if the space doesn’t smell great, your guests will only be focused on the unpleasant scent. I always stock up on candles, but those seem to disappear after only a few weeks.

Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers can cost up to $40, but there’s no need to shell out that kind of cash. With only four items, you can make your own reed diffuser right at home.

First, fill a vase of your choosing with approximately 20 to 25 drops of essential oil. The essential oil you decide on is completely up to you, but I like to use scents like peppermint, cinnamon or spruce during the holiday season. Next, pour in 1/4 cup baby oil to fill up the remainder of the vase. Place four to five bamboo skewers or rattan diffuser sticks into the solution.

You can flip the sticks every few days to freshen the scent. Place a different diffuser in each room of your apartment so they all smell wonderful.

Simmer Pot

A few hours before your guests arrive, put together this simple concoction in your kitchen. After smelling how divine this simmer pot is, you may never go back to candles. Fill a stock pot with 2/3 cup water, one sliced lemon, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and a few sprigs of rosemary.

Spray Air Freshener

If you prefer to use a spray air freshener, this option is easy to make as well. This particular spray is best for the bathroom, as it can rid a space of odors quickly.


This is another air freshener option that typically works best in smaller spaces like a bathroom or a closet. Fill a wide-mouthed mason jar with eight to 12 drops of your favorite essential oil (bigger rooms require more oil) and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Yep, it’s that easy!


Potpourri doesn’t just smell lovely, it adds a touch of color and beauty to your apartment too. If you don’t know how to make potpourri, it’s easy. It requires the use of some dried flowers and essential oil.



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