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How to Boil Cloves for the Smell

Nakia Jackson

The scent of cloves is warm and evocative of holiday cheer. Synthetic air fresheners try to capture this, but sometimes have an unappealing, artificial note. Boiling cloves as an air freshener is perfect for those who want to reduce the use of synthetic fragrances in the home, as these can be irritating to sensitive people. Cloves also blend well with other natural air fresheners, such as citrus peel and cinnamon. If you need to dispel cooking odors or want to fill your home with an enticing aroma without having to bake, cloves offer a soothing and inviting scent.

Your spice rack can perfume your home.

Step 1

Pour three cups of water into a saucepan. Add three tablespoons of cloves.

Step 2

Place the saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil.

Step 3

Reduce to a simmer. Turn the heat down to its lowest setting for the cloves to continue releasing their scent. Refill the saucepan whenever there is less than two inches of liquid in the pot.

Step 4

Turn off the heat when you no longer want the clove scent to be released. Allow the liquid to cool before removing the cloves.