I’m not too proud to admit that sometimes I have trouble making our house smell good. Between the kids who play sports, the dog and the smells from the kitchen, our house doesn’t always smell as clean or fresh as I would like it to. I hate the artificial, pungent smell of plug-in air fresheners, so I’m always looking for different options. Fortunately, there are many quick and easy tips to make your house smell good without having to use harsh chemicals!
1. Baking Soda
Before filling your home with more pleasant fragrances, it is important to deodorize. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on your furniture, carpets, curtains, etc. Leave the baking soda for a few hours and then vacuum. The baking soda will trap unpleasant odors and neutralize what you dust.
2. Air-Purifying Plants
There are many houseplants that will purify the air in your home, leaving it cleaner and fresher. English ivy, spider ivy, aloe vera and weeping fig are plants that purify the air in an impressive way.
I remember that my grandmother used a potpourri, and I still use it today! Before you have company, add water, cinnamon sticks and dried apple slices to a pot of water and let it simmer. The smell will spread throughout the house and make it smell wonderful. There are many variations of potpourri, choose the one you prefer!
Hang some eucalyptus branches in your shower. The steam from the hot shower will activate the eucalyptus, leaving your bathroom (and beyond) with a clean, fresh spa scent!
5. Garbage Disposal Deodorizers
Over time, the garbage can begin to smell horrible. In an ice cube tray, fill each compartment with distilled vinegar and a piece of lemon peel. Put the tray in the freezer. You can put a bucket in the garbage disposal as soon as it starts to smell.
6. DIY Lavender Spray
I love having a bottle of laundry spray on hand. You can make one yourself using lavender essential oil, purified water and baking soda. Spray the solution on your sheets for a nice soothing scent in your room.
Stations seem to be in fashion right now. Just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in it with a little water and the fresh scent will spread throughout the house. Remember that many essential oils can be harmful to pets, and you probably don’t want to use a diffuser if you have furry friends in the house.
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