Don’t you just love it when you visit a home, and it just smells nice as soon as you walk in? It’s like the homeowner is continually cleaning their house, day in and day out. Most of us don’t have the time to do that, but there are some simple ways to make your home smell amazing. If you really want to make your house smell clean (and even purify the air at the same time) just lighting a good smelling candle to mask the odors won’t work. Here are some tips for keeping your home smelling clean and fresh. *This post contains affilate links.
One of the leading causes of home odors is moisture that comes from high humidity. If you live in a high humidity area, you might want to consider investing in a dehumidifier. It’s best to avoid placing wall-to-wall carpeting as it can trap moisture.
Other ways to combat humidity would be to make sure towels are dry before folding them, replace sponges regularly, and hang bath mats to let them dry. It is also a good idea to check if the moisture is due to any water leaks. If there are any, fix them up as soon as possible — leaks can cause mold and mildew, which causes a bad smell.
Clear Out Garbage
Anything that has trash in it, take it outside your home. Clear litter boxes, pet beds, garbage cans, and diaper bins. When you are regularly exposed to these smells, you are less likely to smell them because of sensory adaptation. You are likely to develop nose blindness because the scent is always there. Once you’ve taken out the trash, make sure that you also clean your garbage can monthly. It’s much better if you can use smaller garbage bins, so you’ll be forced to take out the trash regularly. You can also keep your trash can smelling fresh with DIY trash can tablets.
Place Indoor Plants
Several indoor plants can clean the air. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, the following plants have air-purifying qualities:
- Aloe Vera
- Bamboo Palm
- Chinese Evergreen
- English Ivy
- Green Spider Plant
- Heartleaf Philodendron
- Peace Lily
- Weeping Fig
Use Essential Oil Diffusers
One way of keeping your home smelling nice is by diffusing essential oils. You can use essential oils around your house to match the theme or the season that you are in. If you’re doing a little organizing this fall, drop in Birch, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Frankincense, and Cypress. If you want to feel a little Christmas spirit, you may want to use drops of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils.
Aside from giving that nostalgic feel, these oils also have other uses. They can be used to help treat and heal chronic wounds and they can also protect trees and plants from ants. However, if you have a severe infestation on your trees, you might want to hire a professional to protect tree from ants and other pests. You wouldn’t want to waste precious essential oils for those pesky ants.
Choose Cleaning Products Wisely
Your choice of cleaning products can also be a factor in how your home smells. If you have time, you can make your own cleaning products. One of my favorites is a vinegar-based cleaner, where I used Dawn and a vinegar mixture for cleaning the bathtub and tiles and all around our kitchen. You might want to try making a scented cleaning solution to get rid of any unpleasant smells in your home. To create one, follow this recipe:
What You’ll Need:
- White vinegar
- Jar with a lid
- Citrus fruit peels (oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits)
Squeeze your citrus fruits. If you have an electric citrus juicer, use it, but any juice press will do. Freeze the fruit juice for later use. Then, gather the peels and cut them into small pieces to fit in the jar and fill it halfway. You can also add herbs if you want. Heat up the vinegar then pour it in the jar with the citrus peels. Put the lid on the jar and let it sit for 24 hours before using the cleaning solution.
Another one of my favorite way to keep our home smelling clean and fresh is to use homemade simmers with everyday kitchen ingredients. I recently shared the Fresh and Fragrant Fall Simmer Pot Recipe that I am absolutely loving right now. The simmer includes rosemary, sage, lemon, vanilla and cinnamon. For a lighter year-round fragrance simply omit the cinnamon. Check out my post for the recipe and all the details.
Keeping a home smelling nice all day might seem like daunting task, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be easy. Make sure your family members are in on the mission as well! For more ideas check out these great posts:
What are some of your favorite ways to keep your home smelling clean and fresh? I love hearing from you, dear readers!
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