Category Archive


Aromatherapize your house with your rice cooker!

I love my 6-cup rice cooker (it also comes with a steaming tray). I love lavender. And I loooooove the idea of using my 6-cup rice cooker to make my apartment smell like lavender! Lo and behold, there’s a way to make that happen, and I’m going to tell you all about it.

An English cottage dream house, camping on the rocks, and a chinchilla spa in this week’s reader photos

Happy Monday, Homies! Good to see you back. In this week’s photos we have a lot of fantasy, and in this week’s Clicky Links there’s a lot of helpful hints.

Share your photos by posting to our Flickr group, and share your inspirations with us on Pinterest.

ZOMG Smells: the only place you can buy the scent of a Triceratops

ZOMG Smells is ZOMG amazing. They’re our new sponsor. They make fine, nerdy scents with very specific names. And the amount of perfect they are for the Offbeat Empire readers is nuts.

Background information: all the Empire staff got a little Squees in our welcome bags. We each pulled out our Squees and compared: Megan took a whiff of one: “Ew, this smells like a wet hippie.” Ariel snatched away the vial, inhaled, and cried: “OMG IT TOTALLY SMELLS LIKE A WET HIPPIE. I love it!”

I think that’s a pretty good introduction to ZOMG Smells.

Reduce the STANK in your house: solving common stinky problems

Not all my apartments were shitty, but they all had their own stank issues, as small spaces are wont to do. But every cloud has a silver lining: since two of our three apartments were less than 650 square feet — and the third was half-underground and always moist — I had to learn how to keep common stinky problems from overwhelming us.

Horrific discoveries: oh, so THAT’S what’s in air freshener

Alternate title: “Your Home Can Smell Acceptable without Glade products?!

Make your bathroom smell less like poop

Bathrooms: you poop in them, and so sometimes they smell like poop. There are a few common sense ways to make your bathroom stink less after its gotten a fecal workout. Stop snickering for a couple seconds, and let’s talk about it.

How to make a natural air freshener, and assemble your own laboratory for concocting teas, salves, and syrups

Herbs. They taste good, they smell nice, and have well-documented medicinal properties. You can put inexpensive ingredients to good use after you put together your apothecary kit. Though I’m even more interested in Dale’s illustrated herb chart on salvaged wood.