How to Use Potpourri Refresher Oil

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Everyone loves a sweet-smelling home, but just keeping it sparkling clean isn't always enough. Scented candles are nice, but they may not be the best choice for every home. Potpourri has been used as a natural way to freshen homes for centuries. Eventually the scent fades from an open dish of potpourri, and it can be expensive to replace. Not to worry. Potpourri refresher oils are readily available, and you can use them in a variety of ways to add fragrance to your home.

How to Use Potpourri Refresher Oil
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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic bags, snack size
  • Plastic bags, freezer size
  • Jelly jar with lid
Step 1

Put your scent-faded potpourri into a freezer-sized plastic bag. Fill the bag only halfway, and use more than one bag if you have a lot of potpourri.

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Step 2

Sprinkle 6 to 10 drops of potpourri refresher oil--you can buy the oil at a home goods store--into each bag. Shake the bags gently, turning the bags to make sure that the oil is evenly distributed throughout the potpourri.

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Step 3

Seal the bag tightly and let the potpourri soak up the refresher oil overnight. Place the potpourri in pretty bowls or pots and set them out around your home.

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Step 1

Soak a cotton ball in potpourri refresher oil and place it in a plastic snack bag. Put the open bag in your lingerie or sock drawer to freshen the clothing.

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Step 2

Place a cotton ball soaked with potpourri refresher oil inside your vacuum cleaner bag to scent the house as you vacuum.

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Step 3

Dribble a few drops of oil onto a used dryer sheets. Let them dry and then slip them inside the covers of your couch cushions.

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Step 4

Put a few drops of potpourri refresher oil on a clean, worn-out washcloth and tuck it under the seat of your car.

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Step 5

Soak half a dozen cotton balls in potpourri oil and put them in a jelly jar. Poke holes in the lid, place it on the jar and set the whole thing in a corner of your closet.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Tailor the scent to the task. Use citrus aromas to neutralize kitchen and bathroom smells, and floral scents for a relaxing bedroom atmosphere.
  • To refresh a larger batch of potpourri, place the faded potpourri in a large bowl, add a few drops of oil and toss the potpourri until it's evenly coated.
  • Never get potpourri refresher oil on your finished wood furnishings.
  • Keep potpourri away from children and pets. Potpourri is a choking hazard, and some oils may be toxic.

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