Little makes the house more welcoming than the scent of dinner on the stove. After eating, though, you may find your want the fragrance of your kitchen and living room to smell less like seared steak and more like fresh flowers. Your favorite scented candle will help (it’s one of our recommendations), but there are options beyond beeswax!

Here are a few:

1. Make the house smell like the holidays

Or pine tress. Or your favorite citrus. Or gingerbread. Cupcakes and Cashmere lists her favorite wintry candles here.

2. Bake something

Chocolate, sugar, and butter will replace the scent of stew, much to your delight. We recommend one of our five-ingredient sweets like molten chocolate cakes, pear crumble, or pumpkin custards.

3. Brew a spiced drink

A vat of mulled wine or homemade hot toddies will fill the air with the aroma of cinnamon and cloves. These are not just for smelling: be sure to ladle yourself a cup for dessert!

4. Create a natural air freshener

If you place a couple of well-chosen ingredients like citrus, herbs, or spices in a pot of water on the stove and bring the water to a boil, the steam that drifts out of the pan will be deliciously fragrant, like a DIY, all-natural air freshener. A few flavor combinations here.

5. Rig your fan

If you don’t let smells build up, you’ll have less work to do. Depending on the set-up of your kitchen and your oven fan, you can try setting a fan to blow air out of the window while you cook. Leave the breeze blowing a few minutes after you eat, then turn the fan around and blow fresh air back in.