Things You'll Need
- Dryer fabric softener sheet
- Transparent office tape (optional)
- Baking soda
- Nonreactive bowl
- Essential oils
- Muslin, 3-inch by 6 1/4-inch rectangle
- Sewing machine
- Dried flowers
- Dried fruit peel
- Orris root pieces
Your bureau drawers probably aren’t at the top of your weekly cleaning list, so they may get a bit musty from time to time. Scented drawer liners are expensive, and you still have to remember to change them regularly -- which also means emptying the drawers first and replacing all the contents. With some homemade drawer fresheners, you can drop sweet-smelling sachets into the corner and lose the fusty smell with no fuss.
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Keeping It Simple
Unfold a fabric softener sheet made for use in a clothes dryer.
Cut the sheet into strips slightly smaller than the depth of the drawer.
Place the sheet along the sides, back and front of the drawer. Tape them in place if you would like to.
Raiding the Kitchen
Measure about 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a glass or plastic bowl.
Drip about three drops of essential oil into the baking soda. Mix it well.
Add one drop of oil at a time for a stronger scent.
Pour the powder into the envelope.
Seal the envelope and place it in your drawer.
Bagging the Potpourri Blend
Fold the 3-inch by 6 1/4-inch rectangle of muslin in half to make a 3-inch by 3 1/8-inch block.
Stitch the long sides, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Trim the seams to 1/4 inch.
Fold 1/8 inch on the open end toward the center. Fold it again the same amount.
Stitch around the top of the bag, down the center of the folded fabric.
Turn the bag right side out. Set it aside.
Mix the dried flowers and fruit peels in a nonreactive glass or plastic bowl. You will need about 1/4 cup of combined petals and peels.
Add four drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of orris root pieces. Mix it thoroughly.
Pour the scented orris root fixative into the flower blend and mix well.
Spoon the potpourri into the muslin bag.
Stitch the bag closed.
For a more decorative envelope freshener, use a dressmaker’s pin to punch a pattern of holes in the envelope before filling it.
Instead of flower petals, make your potpourri with cinnamon chips, cloves and other whole spices.
To reuse the muslin bag, use a rubber band to close the top instead of stitching it.
Drop one or two drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball and tuck it into your drawer for a quick fix.
Do not use metal bowls for anything involving essential oils.