February, 2004 Contest: What is your favorite way to make your home smell good?

Congratulations to our contest winner!
Ana Schulze of Lake Forest, IL

In the summer I use lemons that I’ve cut part of the bottoms off of so that they stand upright. I also take off the tops and scoop out the insides. Then I put inexpensive white candles inside the “cups” and put several on a tray with either more cut lemons or a base of a several long green leaves that I take from the back of a house plant. The heat from the candles heats the oil in the lemons and they add a fresh citrus smell to the house.
In the fall/winter I use mulling spices, but put them in my oven at 200 degrees in a disposable tinfoil tray instead of on my stove top. Since it is in the stove, I don’t have to keep watching it and there is no dirty pot to clean.
I reuse the spices over and over and each time I need a pleasant fragrance, I add more water and turn the oven on. I just keep the pan in the oven in between uses, OR put the spices in a ziploc bag in the fridge until next use.