Natural Orange and Clove Air Freshener

Don't miss out on this.

This DIY, all-natural air freshener, made with oranges and cloves, is easy and uses only three ingredients (which you probably already have in your kitchen pantry!). It is also chemical-free (which makes it allergy-friendly, child-friendly, and pet-friendly too). You won’t want to miss making this…

What makes this DIY all natural air freshener oranges and cloves handy? It's great if you have a burnt dinner smell (it happens), stale odours, pet smells, kid smells, or colds n’ flus in the house. (Note: this won’t make the cold or flu any better or help anyone get over a cold or flu faster…it simply smells nice…which makes being sick a litter less yuck).



Peel of two oranges (eat the oranges themselves… see?… bet that vitamin C makes you feel better too)
4-5 cloves
3 cups of water
That’s it!


  • Pour water into saucepan
  • Add in orange peel
  • Add in cloves
  • Set water/orange/clove mixture to boil (I prefer to use element at back of stove for child safety…you don’t want any little hands trying to grab the pot handle).
  • Once boiling, turn it down to LOW and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

NOTE: do not leave a pot with hot things unattended - again, child safety (and pet safety too) - plus you don’t want to forget about it and have it boil down and start burning. I set a timer (seriously, it smells so good, you might forget it in plain bliss). Also, I don’t leave it unattended.

If you are worried about forgetting it… or having to step away while caregiving… you could simmer this orange clove air freshener in a crockpot uncovered.

The story behind how I came up with this all natural air freshener DIY idea: I was baking and had some orange peel left over. So I decided to boil some water, add the orange peel with some cloves – and just simmer it on my stove top for a half an hour. AMAZING results. I highly recommend!

And what was I baking you wonder? This.

Previously published at Parent Club.

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Caroline Fernandez shares family friendly activities and tips on her site Parent Club. She is the author of Boredom Busters (Silver Birch Honor Book Award) and More Boredom Busters available in bookstores everywhere. Read her at and follow her on twitter @ParentClub

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