Introduction: OrangeClove Pomander (airfreshner)

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My better half showed me this one, seemingly 'everyone knows this', I must have been off sick that day. Produces a fantastic autumnal citrus aroma.

Step 1: Ingredients

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Orange and about 20g of cloves

Step 2: Insert Cloves

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Using a sharp point, pierce the orange peel and stick the cloves in. I found that trying to push the cloves directly in to the orange caused the head to disintegrate.. and thats where all the clovey goodness is.

Step 3: Place Near a Warm Object

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You can turbo charge the airfreshner by placing it somewhere that will accelerate the drying process. We have placed it over a bedside lamp, holder is made from a wire coat hanger


TheCrafter101 (author)2015-12-16

My pomander ball keeps growing mold no matter what. Any tips?

Interesting. I'm wondering if it's the type of oranges you're using. I could see a juicy thin skinned orange getting moldy. Try finding a variety with thick skin. Also, this is over a heat source that causes it to dry out quickly, that will avoid mold.

If it's still a problem. Spraying a 50:50 mix of vinegar on any fruit is a great way to stop mold.

mr. hankey (author)2006-05-16

I always like to keep airfresheners around.


Mandalore_Stier (author)2012-03-18

ROFL oh that is epic, I almost died laughing

bwilliams-1 (author)2011-12-13

You can buy cloves much cheaper in large bags at middle eastern or asian markets. I bought a pound for under $5.

maxyano (author)2006-02-21

I made one 4 years ago - it still works!! it works better if you cover it more completely - I covered it totally

mattsochist (author)maxyano2011-08-21

doesnt it eventually begin to mold and get rotten?!

hot-fresh-rider (author)2009-12-23

awesome, just made one! I like being methodical (read OCD) about clove placement, it's not perfect but it does follow the number 6, vs say a regular 4 or 8.

motke (author)2006-03-09

Nice One but i can use only orange ????

Oscelot (author)motke2008-12-12

I've heard of people using apples, but your mileage may vary.

shortone (author)Oscelot2009-12-20

i think any kind of smallish citrus works well-i've used limes with good success!

porcupinemamma (author)2009-12-07

I like to completley cover the orange in cloves, and instead of poking individual holes, I use a fork-4 holes in one jab tee hee hee

kirnex (author)2007-09-20

Off the subject, I have this same lamp. It's a three-way touch-lamp from Target, right? I swear to God that it has an ETERNA-bulb in it or something. For three years, we've used this every night as a night-light in our hall for the kids. Sometimes, it accidentally gets left on all day. At least, it stays on 12 hours each night. I guess it's the low-setting, but three years later, it's still working on the same damned bulb we put in it when we bought it. Maybe someone's changing it secretly, I dunno. I want to bronze that bulb when it finally kicks out.

Oscelot (author)kirnex2008-12-12

There's a really old bulb from around the turn of the century in a California firefighter department that's been burning for just over 100 years, iirc. It's spiffy. :) They covered it in an episode of Mythbusters.

creative zen (author)2008-05-11

thanks, i made this for my mom.

Angadgsingh (author)creative zen2008-05-11

me 2 just like a minute ago she loves it

the fat hobbit (author)2007-04-08

i didn't know about this either but tell her i said thanks because my room really smells

pluish (author)2006-07-30

in the summer, they keep wasps away from food at bbq`s and food!

Taper (author)2006-07-22

Even if the climate isn't dry enough, if you notice the orange is starting to go bad, you can microwave the pomander for about 1 minute on high once a week, and it will slowly dry out. The deterioration process stops. I've got a couple for about 3 years now, and they still smell great!

jennybean42 (author)2006-07-21

actually, if you make them in a dry enough climate, they will dry out and not rot. i've had a couple for more than ten years in a bowl in an old china cabinet.

antonc81 (author)2006-07-20

the citrus aroma comes from the peel of the orange not the flesh, so perhaps a mod would be to cut an orange in half and scoop the flesh out (and eat it ofcourse) then poke the cloves through the hollow hemispherical orange-skin. That way you do't have to worry about the fruit going off, the skin will simply dry up.

shelleibean (author)2006-06-28

they DO NOT last forever, even if completely covered w/ cloves. they will eventually go soft and rotten and gross.

nak (author)2006-03-23

Mentos fails compared to this Freshmaker

radiorental (author)2006-03-09

Certainly use other stuff. There are plenty of recipies on the internet. I would imagine any fruit with a thick skin (e.g. a lemon but not an apple) would world. Also anything with a strong smell, e.g. Lime but not a banana. So maybe its just citrus fruit (a banana could get super messy) but this is would be a great way to mix and match scents and avoid polluting the air in your house with chemical airfreshners. Good luck - pauric

susie (author)2006-02-22

I used to totally cover the orange or apple with cloves so you couldn't see the fruit at all. I think then it lasts forever and you can put it in a drawer as a potpourri.

goldkear (author)2006-02-18

Another use for these is to drop them into appple cider for flavor.

poulw (author)2006-01-18

Also carried and held in fron of the nose by the wealthy in tudor england as a way to mask the stench of the streets

kevinsummers (author)2005-12-09

We used to make these every Christmas. They are called pomanders.

psylux (author)2005-12-09

Whatever you may think this WILL NOT WORK if you sub in a lychee for the orange.

zeno63 (author)2005-12-08

I remember spending a Christmas, making these as presents, for sticking in decorated cloth bags to freshen drawers and stuff. I'm sure there's a word for it. My wife tells me that that they smell even better if they've been rolled in cinnimon.

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