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My apartment can be amazingly drafty, especially in winter when we realise just how many gaps and cracks and lack of insulation this old lady has. That said it’s fantastic at holding every smell made in it (mostly from the kitchen, or my crafts) for days. Since I live with two vegans the smell of meat is quite unwelcome when it lingers (especially bacon) and as I’ve been gluing and painting a lot lately that chemically smell can really linger too. So my solution was to fill the house with a pleasant to all (I personally love the smell of bacon) smell that would cleanse all these other odors away. It turned out remarkably well, in fact my little homemade recipe worked so well I had to share it so you too can freshen your house (without artificial fresheners) of any lingering smells.


  • Deep pot filled 3/4 full of tap water
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 3 to 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 4-5 drops of essential oil


  • Put the pot on the stove and add sprigs of rosemary, slices of lemon and essential oil (my go to’s for oils are lavender or eucalyptus as they are unoffensive and eat other odors but it’s really up to you – for the holidays you may want to add scents like cinnamon and orange slices instead of lemon)
  • Bring pot to the boil and then turn down to a strong simmer on a back burner for as long as desired. As long as there’s a nice amount of steam coming off the pot, if you don’t have that turn the temperature up until you do.

The steam from the pot will drift throughout the room and into the rest of the apartment/home (if you have the kitchen door open) and fill your house with a lovely fresh smell. This batch of mine is working on paint fumes so I’ll leave it going for the next few hours. If it’s a really pervasive or strong odor (like fish or something that burnt) you’re trying to dispel feel free to be more liberal with the ingredients and cook it longer, just be sure to top up the water so it doesn’t burn out and spoil your pot.