7 Easy Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

So your home will smell as good as it looks.

The holiday season is as much about gift-giving and spending time with family as it is about the rituals we do every year. They might include sharing hot chocolate after a brisk walk outside, baking treats for everyone to share, or decorating the tree with the whole family. That's why the scents of Christmas conjure the very best feelings—so even if it's not the big day just yet, you can still make your house smell like Christmas. Here are some easy ways to do it.

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Light a Candle


The simplest way to get your home smelling like the holidays is to light a candle in your favorite seasonal scent. It has notes of fresh woods and frosty air, reminiscent of Christmas trees and winter walks through the woods.

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Simmer a Pot


Whether your base is cider or just plain water, add it to a pot with oranges, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Simmer it on the stove to fill your home with those mulling scents. Just keep an eye on the water level and add more as it starts to evaporate.

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Use Essential Oils


Drop a blend of warm, calming essential oils—like frankincense, orange, rosemary, or pine—into your humidifier in the evenings for an infusion of holiday scents in the air.

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Bake Cookies


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Is there anything better than the smell of vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon wafting through the air? You could use a diffuser, but then you wouldn't have a treat to munch on afterwards. Instead, bake up a batch of some of the most popular Christmas cookies in America.

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Switch Out Your Hand Soap


Refill your soap pump with a liquid soap that conjures your favorite holiday scent, whether that's pine, cloves, or vanilla. It doesn't have to be fancy—even peppermint liquid hand soap will do the trick!

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Infuse Your Shower


Another way to use steam to your advantage: Hang a small bundle of dried herbs above the shower head to turn your morning ritual into a holiday event.

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Try a Sachet


It's an old-fashioned notion, but hanging a sachet of Christmas-y herbs in your closet won't just infuse your clothing with a subtle scent, but it will also waft out when you open the closet door and follow you through your home.

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