Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks: Spice Sachet Blend

Natural homemade air fresheners can leave your house smelling sweet and clean.

| February/March 2003

Makes about 2 1/2 quarts
Sandalwood and ginger would be nice additions to this recipe. Sometimes I add essential oils of the spices used in this blend to intensify the fragrance.

• 6 cups oakmoss
• 1 cup each black peppercorns, allspice berries, and cinnamon chips
• 1/4 cup aniseed
• 2 tablespoons cloves

1. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the oakmoss with the peppercorns, allspice berries, and cinnamon chips. Add the aniseed and cloves. Stir well.

2. Make sachets from fabric scraps, adding lace or ribbon if desired, and fill with the spice blend.


Louise Gruenberg gardens as much as possible and cleans house as little as possible in her Oak Park, Illinois, home. She also writes and teaches about herbs. Due to popular demand for reprints of this article, it has been reprinted from our February/March 1997 issue with the author’s permission. 

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