Grapefruit + Cinnamon DIY Home Humidifier

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s suddenly 2013. We welcomed the new year with a wet, cold and rather dreary day. Which means my heat is running almost nonstop. I found a DIY home humidifier trick from Good Housekeeping that adds some much needed moisture to the air. Bonus: it makes my house smell amazing!

DIY Home humidifier

DIY Home Humidifier Ingredients

Add a stick of cinnamon, a peel of grapefruit, and maybe a shake or two of allspice or nutmeg to a large saucepan of water. Keep it on low and make sure to add water when needed. That’s it! Just let it simmer all day. The moisture in the air is great for the house – and my skin. It gets so dry in winter!

The boiling water releases moisture into the air in the form of steam; the same way as a humidifier. To circulate the moist air, add a fan next to the stove to blow the air around a bit.

Home Humidifier Ingredients

My hubby said it started to look like a “witch’s brew” but the concoction still smelled amazing on the 2nd and even 3rd day. Plus the smell is so homey. It makes me want to bake.

What do you do to make your house smell great?


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  1. gloria says

    I like to put this in a crockpot and leave the lid off. Always worries me to keep a burner going on the stove even though it’s electric, too.

  2. Ann says

    I also like to use some special teas for the same affect. I thought of this years ago when trying to sell my home! It worked, I sold my house in three months from posting it.

    • helen Kin says

      One thing, though – steam with color ( I often add cinnamon sticks)
      in it can leave your walls with visible streaks, especially if you steam often. I learned my lesson.

      • debbie says

        This happened to me also. I would put a tin with water and an essential oil on my wood burning stove. My ceiling had to be repainted because the steam and the oil left a brown film on the ceiling and the top of my walls.

  3. H says

    We always used to keep a cast iron kettle on top of the wood stove in the living room. We’d put mulled cider spice mix in it. Its made up of orange peels, allspice berries, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  4. says

    this is fantastic! i love home sprucer-uppers that use all-natural ingredients and are easy to make. i have a stick of cinnamon to use too! thanks for sharing :)

  5. says

    This is fantastic!! I love this kind of thing and I have a grapefruit downstairs — I’m tempted to go get it right now.

    Happy new year!! :)

  6. says

    I never thought about just keeping something on the stove all the time, but when I think back I am pretty sure my great-grandmother did this.
    I am going to give it a try for sure
    As of now, Bath and Bodyworks candles are all over my house.

    • gerbermom says

      I need to get some candles! But I’m always so worried the kids will burn the house down – Henry enjoyed Hanukkah a little too much… :)

  7. Cindy says

    I use oranges, lemons, cinnamon and whole cloves. My daughter loves to come to my house as she says it reminds her of her childhood. I have been doing this for about 20 years.

    • gerbermom says

      I know, everything is so dry! And I was surprised how much the grapefruit smelled – even just peeling it was amazing.

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