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Get the scents of the season without turning on the oven

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Want to make your house smell festive without actually baking a pie?

Steal a tip from real estate agents, and do a little staging of your own.

Simmer some apple slices and a few cinnamon sticks on your stove. Feeling more adventurous? Try adding cloves or even some orange zest. Make sure to keep the heat on low, and don't let the pot evaporate dry. Some folks will do this with a crock pot (and an automatic timer.)

If you already have a humidifier to help with the dry nights, try placing a few drops of cinnamon, clove or ginger essential oils on a cotton ball and sticking it in the medicine well. Most oils are safe to add to the humidifier directly, if diluted properly, but using cotton balls makes for easier cleanup with you are done with the scent. Remember, just a few drops go a long way.

— Tara A. Trower