Citrus oil dabbed on cotton wool and hidden behind the radiator is the genius Christmas hack that keeps your home smelling fresh over the festive period, a royal butler reveals

Citrus oil dabbed on cotton wool and hidden behind the radiator is the genius Christmas hack that keeps your home smelling fresh over the festive period, a royal butler reveals

December 7, 2018 0 By Today news

HAVING the family over on Christmas Day is lovely – but there is one teeny downside.

The combination of cooking, damp coats and shoes can lead to a slightly unpleasant smell in your home.

The smell of a Christmas dinner can linger
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Luckily, former royal butler Grant Harrold has a genius hack to combat the issue.

On his website, he explains: “Cooking smells and damp coats aren’t always the most pleasant, so keep some citrus oil and cotton wool balls handy.

“Just apply a few drops onto the cotton wool and place behind the radiator.

“This is an excellent aroma for the home at Christmas, and there are plenty of other lovely essential oils available.”

Former royal butler Grant Harrold has revealed his trick for keeping your home smelling fresh over Christmas
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Grant recommends dabbing cotton wool with citrus oil
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Grant worked as a butler for Prince Charles from 2004 to 2011, so we have a sneaky suspicion this may be a trick that the royals have used in the past.

And if it’s good enough for Buckingham Palace, it’s good enough for us.

Citrus oil may have contributed to the Queen’s smile in this photo
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We revealed earlier this week that the Royal Family have put their Christmas decorations up – and as expected, they’ve done so in style.

Over on Instagram, they gave us a glimpse of the ornate display in Buckingham Palace’s Marble Hall.

There are three large Christmas trees – which were grown in Windsor – as well as a garland fixed along the grand staircase.

Earlier this week, we showed you Buckingham Palace’s Christmas decorations
Crown ornaments have been placed on the trees
The garland along the grand staircase is adorned with baubles

The trees have been decorated with some very fitting ornaments, which come in the shape of crowns, crests and carriages.

The garland is just as glamorous, with velvet bows and colourful baubles lining the golden banister.

Sparkling white lights finish off the festive arrangement.

If you look closely, you may just spot a carefully placed piece of cotton wool…


In more royal news, Kate Middleton has revealed that Prince Louis is already perfecting his royal wave.

Meghan secretly attended Michelle Obama’s London talk – and ‘held a power meeting backstage’.

And the Queen ‘told Prince William to put royal duties on the back burner’ when Kate was expecting Prince George.