How to Make Your Own Drawer Scenters

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How to Make Your Own Drawer Scenters
Mix your favourite scents inside a fabric pouch to keep your clothes smelling fresh. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Scented drawer sachets make all of your clothes smell fresh, no matter how long they've been in storage. You can add these aromatic packets to seasonal clothing drawers to deter pests or slip them next to your everyday wear so you can skip the perfume. You may also change the scents seasonally, switching summer lemon lavender sachets for spicy cinnamon versions in the fall. Homemade drawer scenters feature recycled household items, keeping the cost low for a big impact on your wardrobe.

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Things you need

  • Small bowl
  • Whole, dried herbs
  • Essential oils: optional
  • Small spoon
  • Linen handkerchiefs
  • Close-woven lace squares
  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon
  • Scissors

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    Combine your favourite, whole dried herbs with just a few drops of essential oil in a small bowl. Combinations may include broken cinnamon sticks with roughly crushed nutmegs and a little clove oil. Dried lavender with citrus peel and a little eucalyptus works well, as would some dried peppermint, evergreen and a little vanilla essential oil.

  2. 2

    Mix the oils with the herbs, using no more than 10 drops of essential oil. Stir with a spoon until everything is thoroughly combined and coated.

  3. 3

    Spoon a little of the mixture into the centre of a linen handkerchief. Place the handkerchief on top of a lace square. The lace adds stability to the delicate linen as well as a little decoration.

  4. 4

    Bring the corners of the lace and linen up and bundle them together. Snip a 6-inch piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow around the bundle.

Tips and warnings

  • Create reusable sachets out of anything from checked gingham to lacy bras. Your fabric choices must simply be loosely-woven enough to emit scents but tight-woven enough to contain the sachet contents.

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