How to Make Your Home Smell Good All The Time – Simple Tips to Keep Foul Odors at Bay!
Learn how to make your home smell good all the time with these simple tips and ideas.
When you stop to think about it, many of our memories of childhood (and even adulthood) are centered around scents.
You’ve probably heard someone describe their grandmother’s home as smelling of freshly baked bread, cookies or other pleasant scents.
Or how Aunt Bess’s home always smelled like the great out of doors. Well, there are a number of ways that you can make your home smell good all the time as well.
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Pleasant scents won’t cover up for those unclean or funky scents in your home. So, start by getting rid of funky smells.
Besides regularly cleaning your home, there are some additional steps to can take to make your home smell fresher.
(You may also want to read this article on how to keep your bathroom smelling fresh).
Here are some of those extra odor eliminating hacks to keep your house smelling good.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal Regularly
You can do this by grinding up citrus rinds from oranges, lemons or limes and then rinsing them down with warm water. Or by dumping baking soda into your garbage disposal and then rinsing it down with warm water to remove any lingering smells.
Take out Your Trash Daily
No matter how tight the lid of your trash can fits, every time you throw trash away the smell of spoiled garbage will escape.
You can help to eliminate that problem simply by removing your trash daily.
To make things even fresher, you can place a couple of dryer sheets in the bottom of your trash can or sprinkle in some baking soda. This will help deodorize your trash bin and keep those bad odors at bay.
Keep Your Refrigerator Smelling Fresh
You can keep your refrigerator smelling fresh by cleaning it regularly and keeping an open box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb those unpleasant odors.
Freshen Your Carpeting with Baking Soda
Even if your carpeting looks clean, it can hold onto odors from cooking, smelly socks and other odors.
So freshen your carpeting as needed by sprinkling your carpet with baking soda and letting it sit for a few minutes before vacuuming it up.
Get the Funky Smell of Your Shoes
It is amazing how much smelly shoes can stink up your entire house.
You can rid your shoes of that funky smell by using a dry hair shampoo and sprinkling it into your shoes to absorb the odors.
Using odor eater insoles will also help prevent the inside of your shoes from smelling nasty in the first place.
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Other Ways to Keep Your House Smelling Good
Now that you have gotten rid of some of those lingering unpleasant smells in your home, here are some of the things that can make your home smell good all of the time.
Reed diffusers soak up scented oil and release the scent into the air. Reed diffusers are nice because while they do release a pleasant scent in the home, the scent is not overpowering, giving the home a light pleasant scent.
These diffusers last as long as the oil lasts.
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Essential oil comes in a variety of different scents to make your home smell amazing and also has the added benefit of providing some health benefits as well.
An essential oil diffuser works a lot like a reed diffuser with the exception that the essential oil diffuser heats up the oil in order to disperse it throughout the home.
Scented candles are a great way to make your home smell great since candles come in a number of different scents.
In fact, scented candles are one of the easy ways to freshen up your home for spring.
The only problem with using candles to keep your home smelling is good is that you have to make sure that they are placed in a safe place and you need to keep an eye on them.
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If you don’t have a reed diffuser or essential oil diffuser you can actually use your stovetop to disperse wonderful smells all through your home.
Best of all you can normally find a number of things in your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator to make your own stovetop scents.
You can add items like cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange, lemon or lime slices or extracts such as vanilla, or almond to the pot and simmer the ingredients on top of your stove adding additional water as needed.
You will want to make sure that you check the water frequently and add more as needed.
Scent jars are a great alternative to stovetop scents since you pack the jars with common foods, spices and extracts that give on pleasant scents and simply add hot water to the jars to active those scents throughout the house.
Scent jars have the added benefit of adding to your home décor. You can create attractive scent jars by using small pine branches, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves etc.
You can also use cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, lemons, limes, and extracts such as vanilla, almond or mint. Or you can even use lids with holes punched in them to help prevent the water from spilling out.
Once you put the scent producing items in the jar, you can then pour boiling water over the items in the jars. Or you can use cold water and then place the contents of the entire jar into a mini crock pot and let the entire contents heat up dispersing the scents.
Old Fashioned Spice Ropes
You can also create your own old fashioned spice rope using a piece of wide ribbon, some scraps of cloth cut into squares, rice and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, Cloves, etc.).
Simply put the rice into the center of the scrap of cloth and then add a teaspoon of spice (a different spice to each square of cloth).
You then form the cloth, rice and spice into a little bag and tie it at the top and attach it to the long ribbon. Then hang a spice robe in various rooms in the home to provide a pleasant scent.
Trying some of these ideas for keeping your home smelling good all day long will not only help you achieve your goal of having a great smelling house, but can also add to your home décor, and even help you to feel refreshed or more relaxed.