Christmas Smell Or Wet Dog Smell? Which Do You Prefer?

What do you get when you cross a rainy day with a Newfoundland and three Dachshunds? A very stinky house! It’s pretty much a fact of life for multiple dog owners that your house is not going to smell of roses or “clean linen” during the rainy season and unless you are obsessive about cleaning every day you can’t seem to get around the smell of wet dog. I absolutely hate a house that smells like a dirty dog but I don’t always have the time to do a thorough cleaning so I’ve been searching Pinterest for a few homemade recipes to make our house smell more bearable. (I swear, I do clean my house, but a full time + overtime job sometimes renders me useless and not in the mood for cleaning when I get home. I see you smiling and laughing so I know you know what I’m talking about!)

 (original photo on left by Make It Do, original photo on right by One More Moore)

One way to quickly get rid of the wet dog smell if opening up your windows isn’t viable is to make your own potpourri mix that you can leave simmering on low on the stove. Within 10 minutes your house should be smelling much better and bring in a little holiday spirit at the same time. The two pictures above show my favorites which are listed below. Just be careful not to let the water get low in the pot and not to leave the house with the pot still on the stove! 

Make It Do Mix:

  • One orange quartered
  • 1/2 cup cranberries (fresh)
  • 1 Tblsp whole cloves
  • 3 sticks of cinnamon (or 1 tsp ground)
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • add to a large pot of water, bring to boil, then lower to a simmer, add more water as needed

 One More Moore Spring Mix:

  • One lemon sliced
  • A few sprigs of rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
  • add to a large pot of water, bring to a simmer, add more water as needed

Curbly Simmering Mixes:

Spicy Simmering Potpourri

  • 1 oz. can cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces 
  • 1 (1.12 oz.) can whole cloves
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) can whole allspice

Mix all ingredients in Ziploc bag or airtight container. Place 1 heaping teaspoon to 1/2 cup of water in simmer pot and heat.

Fruity-Fresh Simmering Potpourri

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 3-3 inch cinnamon sticks
  • 6 bay leaves
  • ½ cup whole cloves

Cut lemon and orange into slices or place in pot or slow cooker or saucepan. Cover with water and then top with a few bay leaves, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. Cook on low heat. You can refrigerate and reuse any leftovers.

Christmas-y Simmering Potpourri

  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons dried orange peel
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all ingredients and store in Ziploc or airtight container. I’d use 1/3 mixture at a time (making sure I get one cinnamon stick and one bay leaf). Place your potpourri–along with about a quart of water–in a medium saucepan or slow cooker. Simmer on low heat, adding water as needed.

You can find more recipes here:

Easy Homemade Recipes, Olive Juice Studio (Apple Pie!), Trader Joes Mulling Spice