Last Updated on December 28, 2020
Our home is our safe space, and when we go back home after work we like to find our little sanctuary clean and cozy. Well, the way our homes smell matters, and sometimes, because we work long hours, we leave our house closed down and come back to a weird smell. Over time, we may get used to it or choose to ignore it, but people who come to our homes for the first time will notice this unpleasant smell. So, because we don’t want you to be embarrassed about how your house smells, here are 15 ideas to always keep it fresh, besides the typical air freshener.
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1. Add essential oils to your air filter
Essential oils are amazing for many purposes, but do you know how to use essential oils to scent a room? Adding a few drops of nice essential oils to your air filter will do wonders for how your home smells and will work as a DIY air freshener spray. The HVAC systems will do the hard work of pushing the scent around the house, and everything will smell amazing. Plus, oils like lavender oil or lemon oil have natural healing properties, so it’s a win-win situation.
2. Simmer potpourri on the stove
Putting potpourri around the house in little bowls is kind of a thing of the past, but the truth is that the mixtures can smell really amazing, so simmering it on the stove can be a wonderful alternative that will leave your home smelling amazing. There are plenty of home scents you can try, depending on the mood you want to set, but vanilla and rosemary will leave behind a clean scent, and coffee scent, which you can achieve with coffee beans, will make your house smell like winter.
3. Clean your trash can
If sometimes you feel a nasty smell in your kitchen, be aware that it might be coming from your trash can. Here is how to make your trash can smell good:
Well, we will fight trash with trash. Instead of throwing out lemon peels, put them on an ice cube tray with water. Freeze it all together before placing it in the trash can – the natural abrasive nature of the ice will help clean the can and the lemon peels will work as a deodorant.
4. Use baking soda on your carpets
The smell of carpets is one of those room scents we can’t really avoid, and sometimes the smell can get a little too strong. Well, baking soda, which is amazing for too many things already, can literally save your life. Just sprinkle your carpets with it and let it sit for 15 minutes; then, vacuum as you usually do and enjoy your odor-free carpet.
5. DIY air freshener spray
Buying a freshener spray from the store will cost you more money than necessary. So why do that when you can make your own air freshener at home?
Spray your home with natural room scents instead of chemical ones. Water, essential oil, and alcohol is the mix that you need to make an air freshener that will not only be less harmful to your health but also cheaper.
6. Put a bit of vanilla or coffee beans in your oven
This can also be done with a microwave, and it is the most basic thing in the world – all you need to do is add a couple of capfuls of vanilla extract to an oven and let it sit for about an hour. You can do the same with coffee beans. Both will help you get rid of bad odors.
7. Use your car air freshener
Yes, you read that correctly – the same air fresheners that you use in your car can also be a prop to make your house smell fresh. Clip a car air freshener to your floor registers, one to each if you have more than one, and the fresh scent will disperse naturally.
8. Make a DIY cleaning spray
It’s quite easy and it will save you time and money – all you need to do is add a bit of white wine vinegar, citrus peels for freshness, and herbs of your choice. You won’t be polluting the air, and you will have a spray that you can use to clean almost every surface. You are so very welcome!
9. Add dryer sheets to your trash can
The trash must be the culprit that is stinking up your kitchen, as we have mentioned, and another thing that you can do is putting a dryer sheet in the bottom of your trash can in order to absorb some of the odors.
10. Mix candles and coffee beans
We have already seen that coffee beans have a pleasant smell which can do wonders when it comes to making your house smell good, so here is another way. If you have votive candles in your house, all you need to do is light some of them and put them inside a container filled with coffee beans. It’s natural, easy, and amazing.
11. Use eucalyptus leaves
Eucalyptus leaves are the new fresh flowers – they are not only pretty, as they will also leave behind a pleasant and fresh smell that will fill up your entire house. Keeping a vase of eucalyptus leaves in your bathroom will work as an effective deodorizing in that place where it’s needed the most.
12. Tape dryer sheets to your box fan
This is an easy way to make a cheap diffuser that will work as well as the ones you buy from the store. Tape dryer sheets to your box fan and proceed to simply turn it on to high – your house will be refreshed in no time.
13. Bake some cookies
Well, this one takes a little extra work, but what smells better than a bakery?! Pick your favorite cookie recipe and bake a couple of batches. The house will smell delicious and will feel super cozy. And, of course, as a reward for your hard work, you can eat the cookies!
14. Use dry shampoo to pray smelly shoes
How to get rid of smelly shoes without spending money on special sprays for that simple purpose? Easy, spray a bit of dry shampoo into the insides of your shoes. Then, maybe put them outside of your window and let them get some fresh air. This can completely change the way your room smells.
15. Diffuse essential oils
Well, this one is pretty basic but we don’t see a reason we should keep it off the list. Again, essential oils have many benefits, they can work as a way to relieve stress and they can leave your house smelling amazing. Invest in a diffuser and give yourself the joy of having a home that smells amazing and that is safe for you, your children and pets.