9 Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh
When your home smells good, you can feel relaxed and happy. You’ll be confident in inviting people over, plus you’ll know there is nothing wrong internally (or externally) with your property because there are no strange smells around. The sense of smell is one of the most powerful of all the senses, leading us to associate those different smells with different aspects of our lives, and our memories. Therefore, having a good smelling home will enable us to think back fondly on it as well as enjoying the present. Here are some great ways to keep your home smelling fresh.
Open The Windows
If at all possible, open your windows for as much of the time as you can, at all times of the year. Letting in fresh air will take away any lingering stale smells that might be there, and it also smells wonderful – it smells clean and natural. Of course, when it’s too hot or too cold, or if you aren’t going to be at home very much, then this is not a good idea, but doing it when you can will certainly help.
Using an essential oil diffuser in your home is a wonderful way to ensure that it always smells as fresh as possible. These items are so easy to use that you don’t need to worry about them; simply fill the diffuser with water, add just a small amount of your chosen essential oil, and press the on switch. A fine mist will be created that takes the scent of your oil throughout your home. You can choose from hundreds of different scents, so no matter what your mood you will always find something to suit.
Cleaning your home regularly will help to maintain a good, fresh smell, but cleaning with vinegar will help even more. You can make your own freshly scented vinegar cleaning products easily and cheaply – it will cost you a lot less than buying a standard off the shelf products, plus there will be no harsh chemicals and the homemade cleaning fluid is much better for the environment too.
As well as cleaning your home with a nicely scented spray, you can buy fabric spray to add to the fabulous scents around the home. Fill a clean spray bottle with water, baking soda, and some of your chosen essential oil, and use this to spray on drapes, cushions, couches, and anything else that needs a freshen up. As a bonus, the oils you pick can have a positive effect on your mood too. For example, lavender is a calming scent, and orange and lemon have energy boosting properties.
Don’t Smoke Tobacco
Smoking inside your home is a sure and certain way to make it smell stale and off-putting. Any non-smoker who enters the home will immediately be aware of the unpleasant stench of tobacco smoke, plus this habit (as well as being unhealthy) will leave everything in your home stained a dirty yellow color. To prevent this, you can vape using e-juice instead. Because there is no tobacco involved in the process, your home won’t smell so bad, and it won’t look smoked in either.
One of the places that can make your home smell stale or unpleasant is the carpet, but this is often overlooked. We take the flooring in our home so much for granted that we are always looking up and around to find the source of strange smells, but if you think about how much a carpet is used, how many feet and perhaps shoes tramp across it and, if you have pets, how many paws as well, it should come as no surprise that it gets extremely dirty and, in some cases, extremely smelly.
You can make a great deodorizing carpet powder using baking soda, essential oils, and cinnamon or cloves. All you need to do is sprinkle this across the carpets, wait for it to sink in, and then use the vacuum cleaner to pick it all up again. It leaves behind a lovely fresh scent that lasts for hours, or even longer.
Houseplants will give your property a more comfortable, homely atmosphere, and they often look beautiful, but to make them even more essential around the home, they are also nature’s air purifiers. Most useful of all are peace lilies, palms, and orchids, but any houseplant will purify the air to some degree.
Potpourri was everywhere in the 70s and 80s, and then it seems to fall a little out of fashion, which is a shame as it’s delightful and really does make the house smell great. You can still easily buy it in many homeware stores, but if you would rather know exactly what goes into it, you can make your own. Just simmer some water on the stove, add some slices of lemon and a handful of delicious smelling herbs or spices, and then drain. Leave to dry and you have potpourri which you can then leave in your hallway or living area to make the house smell great.
Throw It Out
There is a lot you can do to ensure that your home smells fresh as much of the time as possible, but if you don’t eliminate the problems that are causing the smells, it will just come back time after time. Therefore, it is important to search around your home to work out where the smell (or smells) are coming from. It could be your pet’s bedding, a garbage disposal that needs servicing, the upholstery in your home, drying laundry, leftovers, mold or mildew, the oven or microwave (places that can be missed when cleaning), the trashcan, your own bedding, and even dust can have its own smell if left unattended to.
Find the source of the smell and throw it out if necessary, or otherwise make sure it is cleaned so that it no longer bothers you. This doesn’t have to be done on a weekly basis – twice a year should be enough (unless there is a really persistent stink) to rid your home of nasty smells.