What does your house's scent say about you?

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You could get any number of scents in a candle to suit your tastes.
You could get any number of scents in a candle to suit your tastes.

Once you've decided on what kind of scent you'd like for your home, you have a variety of ways you can go about delivering the smell goods. If you're into heavy-duty fresh and floral, there are a variety of strong air fresheners you can buy. Some are gelatinous discs hidden inside decorative plastic while others plug in to a wall outlet to heat up scented oils. You can also use candles scented with fragrance oils, sprays, oil diffusers or more pricey home air purifiers.

If you're into a more natural way to scent your home, there are all kinds of ways to go about this. The Earth mother in you may like to experiment with incense. It's a great way to fill a house with a specific scent, but some people prefer not to have any smoke in the house. All-natural essential oils are extracted from plants, and can get your home smelling great without using synthetic ingredients. Soy candles burn cleaner than petroleum-based paraffin wax and are often scented with essential oils. You can also mix any essential oil with water for an all-natural home spray.

The best way to let Mother Nature do her thing is to use flowers to bring scent into your home. You can buy floral arrangements or cut flowers from your local flower shop, or grow your own and incorporate your landscape's smells inside your house. Tying the scents that your property yields to your home's interior is not only harmonious -- it's also very Martha. Just clipping some magnolia or honeysuckle blooms for your kitchen or dining table is a great way to add natural scent. For an earthier ambiance, fresh pine needles, rosemary and cedar are all good choices. And if you like citrus in your kitchen, there's no better way to get it than to peel and eat a large orange or simply leave out some cut lemon or throw some citrus rinds in the garbage disposal to run it to get the scent circulating.

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