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How to Make Potpourri Sachets

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Potpourri sachets are perfect for freshening up confined spaces, especially car interiors. Making your own potpourri is as easy as blending dried herbs and flowers and adding essential oils or fragrance oils for extra scent. While waiting for the oils to absorb into your potpourri mix, clean and vacuum your car to eliminate any less-desirable odors from other sources.

How to Make Potpourri Sachets

  1. Collect the Ingredients

    Purchase your favorite dried flowers and herbs from a craft store to make a pleasing potpourri blend for the car. Lavender and rosebuds add both beauty and fragrance. Vanilla beans add a hint of fragrance and act as a powder-free fixative to help the essential oil's fragrance last.

    TIP: If you prefer to dry flowers from your own garden or bouquet, hang them upside down from white thread or dental floss in a dark area with low humidity. Small flowers may dry in as few as three days, while larger flowers may take two or three weeks.

  2. Mix the Ingredients

    Pour the dried lavender, rosebuds and other dried flowers into a large glass jar. The lavender should comprise 1/4 of the total dry mix. Break a vanilla bean pod into several pieces and add it to the mix. Place the lid on the jar and shake it gently to mix the dry ingredients.

    TIP: You can also mix a larger batch large batch of potpourri and make extra sachets for the trunk and other vehicles. A handful or two of dried flowers fills one sachet bag.

  3. Add the Oil

    Remove the jar lid and add five to 10 drops of an essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice to the dry potpourri blend. Place the lid back on and shake the jar gently. Then let the potpourri sit for at least two hours with the lid on, allowing the fragrance to permeate the mixture.

    TIP: Essential oils are completely natural, while fragrance oils tend to have longer-lasting fragrance. We chose to use lavender oil for a relaxing scent. A blend of lavender, bergamot, geranium and cedarwood oil inspires concentration.


  4. Vacuum the Seats

    Remove any items that do not belong in the car. Using an auto vacuum, clean out the inside of the car. Choose the correct auto vacuum depending on your cleaning needs. 

    If you need to clean easy-to-reach areas inside the vehicle, plug the BLACK+DECKER Automotive Hand Vacuum into the 12-volt DC power outlet (cigarette lighter socket). For harder to reach areas, use the vacuum's hose attachment and brush to reach beneath the seats and to brush loose debris out of the upholstery.

    To clean between seats or in the car’s crevices, use the BLACK+DECKER Automotive Pivot Hand Vacuum. Its pivoting nose pivots to reach into narrow and awkward spaces.

  5. Vacuum the Floor and Mats

    If your floor mats or car floor is dirty, use the BLACK+DECKER Auto Flex Vac with the wide nozzle tool to vacuum the car floor. The flexible hose makes it easy to reach under pedals and other tight spots. Shake the floor mats outdoors, and then vacuum them with the Auto Flex Vac. 

    TIP: If the car has lingering odors, sprinkle baking soda on the seats and floor to absorb the smells. Wait at least 15 minutes, and then vacuum up the baking soda.

  6. Place the Potpourri in the Car

    Open the jar containing the potpourri. Pour enough potpourri into the sachet bag to nearly fill it. Tug the strings to close the bag. Place the sachet in the car, tying it to an air-vent handle or placing it under a seat. You can also use it to freshen the trunk.

    TIP: If your potpourri loses fragrance over time, freshen it up with a few drops of fragrance or essential oil.

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