Frugal Ways to Freshen Up Christmas
Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Christmas is a holiday that evokes the scent of pine and freshly baked cookies. You can keep your home scented for the season without having to spend a lot of money. Here are some easy ways to freshen up Christmas.
Home Scents for Christmas
Make the Tree Last Longer
A real Christmas tree will add natural fragrance to your home. There are some things you can do to help make that scent last through Christmas. When you buy your tree, make sure to cut about an inch off the base of the trunk after you get it home. This helps the tree to absorb water (which will prevent it from drying out).
Keep your tree hydrated. Check several times a day to see if your Christmas tree needs more water. Add to it as needed. Keep the tree away from all heat sources (including heating vents and radiators). Heat will dry out your tree. If your tree is losing needles it has dried out too much. You might need to replace it with another one (to avoid the risk of fire).
Create a Pine Scent
Artificial trees can look just as lovely as the real trees do. One big difference is that the artificial trees are incapable of producing a pine scent. Those of you who opted for plastic Christmas trees, and who are longing for a pine scent, will have to do something to make that happen.
Try a pine scented candle. See if your grocery store carries Glade Plug-Ins. One of those could be in a Christmas tree scent. Or, if you want to be really efficient, you could use pine scented cleaners this month.
Add Some “Snow”
There are so many uses for baking soda! Sprinkle some baking soda onto the branches of your Christmas tree. It will give the tree the appearance of having a light dusting of snow. You can do this with real or artificial trees. Baking soda is a natural odor remover, so the “snow” will help keep everything smelling fresh.
Bake Some Cookies
The easiest way to make your home smell like freshly baked cookies is to go ahead and bake some! They make great gifts for friends and relatives. Your family will also enjoy them!
What if you are all done baking for this year? Yankee Candle has a Christmas Cookie scented jar candle. Make sure to check and see what kinds of sales they have going on when you are ready to shop. Glade has a limited edition “Ginger Bread Jingle” scent that is “available at limited retailers”. You might be able to use a coupon on it.