Make your home smell like William-Sonoma


One of my favorite morning activities is to lurk around the website Pinterist and see what creative people are up to.  Nine times out of ten I find something really spectacular to give my life added dimension.

Today, Pinterest did not fail me. I ran across a recipe for an air freshener that can be made with things you probably have on hand. Supposedly it’s the formula William Sonoma uses in its stores and you KNOW how great they smell.

The concoction has been simmering on the stone for 45 minutes and already I feel energized and my home no longer smells like wet dog.  It smells like, well, Summer!

Here’s what you do:

Take a small pot and fill it with about two cups water. Slice up a lemon and add it to the water and bring to a boil. Add a few sprigs of rosemary (I have loads in the garden and I’m not crazy about the overpowering taste)  and about 1/2 teaspoon of good vanilla extract. Turn the heat down and simmer as long as you’re home.  You can cut if off and start it up again upon returning.


Add more water as needed.  I’m trying it tomorrow in my little crockpot so I don’t have to worry about leaving it to burn up the house. 

I think I’ll take the used liquid and bathe Rebel in it. (Uh-oh he read my mind which he often does.  He’s off to hide under the bed which he does whenever he hears the words “Bath” or “Pill.”

14 thoughts on “Make your home smell like William-Sonoma

  1. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this. I have that wet dog smell from time to time too.

  2. Just don’t forget to add water as it boils down. I let the water all boil out and now my house smells like the ruins of William Sonoma.

  3. I love this smell. The other day after mega rain , Yep you guessed it, wet dog smell filled the house. I did not have any fresh rosemary, no fresh lemon. I did how ever have Dried rosemary, Lemon Juice and the ever present Real Vanilla Extract. IT WORKS!… Now I use this every day. Just be sure to not use more than twice it will start to smell a bit old and funky.

  4. I didn’t have fresh rosemary either….I checked out one of my cookbooks and 1 small sprig of rosemary = 1/2 tsp. of dried. Just an FYI in case anyone else was in my boat. I added a full tsp. of dried rosemary and it’s just starting to simmer now…. 🙂

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  9. WILL using pure lemon extract work just as well to create this heavenly scent? The dollar store doesnt carry fresh lemons…the actual fruit…and grocery store was not an option unfortunately…

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