Scents – A Guide To a Great Smelling Home
Freshen up your home with these home-scenting ideas
April 16, 2022 - 2:18 pm
Scents – A Guide To a Great Smelling Home
A clean, fresh smelling home is heavenly. It makes for a clam and relaxing environment, is more welcoming for guests, and can even help when selling the property. Most of us don’t want to use infest our homes with tough chemicals and leave it smelling like a hospital. A beautifully scented home isn’t achieved by masking odors. Cleaning, and fresh air, are usually the best remedies, but cracking a window during a Chicago winter, or Arizona summer, might not be a practical solution. Here are some great ideas to have your home smelling fresh and clean without the need of synthetic scents or chemicals.
PlantsYou don’t need to use scented plugins when a natural approach can deliver better results, while creating a relaxing and beautiful environment. If you are looking to bring the outoors in, try these wonderful scented house plants:
- Jasmine - emits a sweet smell at night. Keep near a window for ample light.
- Gardenia’s - one of the most fragrant house plants
- Scented Geraniums - Lot’s of varieties each with their own special scent.
- Citrus - beautiful sweet smealls of orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit, but theyr require a lot of sunlight and watering.
- Lavender - a relaxing, calming smell that can help you sleep at night.
- Orchids - beautiful flowers with a wide variety of scents.
BakingWhether it’s bread or brownies, cookies or cinamon rolls, baking never fails to make your home smell spectacular. Timing some banana bread being baked just before your guests arrive will make an immediate impact on your visitors. Just like grocery stores have all the fresh produce as you walk into the store to make you think ‘everything here is fresh’, some simple baking can have the same impact on your home.
Scented HVACYou can add a few drops of high-quality essential oils on your air filter. You can also use scented diffusers by air intakes, and circulate the scent around your home. Some scents are believed to have healing qualities. They are also free from chemicals and unnatural fillers. Lemon, lavender, and clove are some of our favorites. Use high quality essential oils, adding 15-25 drops to a fresh air filter. The scent will diminish over 30 days, which will be about the time you need to change the air filters.
Deodorizing room sprayIf you’re not a fan of store-bought room sprays you can easily make your own with essential oils. This simple recipe is a snap to make and safe to use either by spritzing into the air or spraying directly on that smelly recliner. Make your own homemade deodorizing room spray:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2-3 drops essential oil – such as cinnamon, lemon, orange, or peppermint.
- 8-12 ounces of distilled water
- 8-10 ounce spray bottle
Removing OdorsAdding a fresh smell will be short-lived if you don’t tackle the underlying odors. The following tips aren’t just to add a fresh smell, but to remove the cause of the odor, to keep your home smelling fresh and clean for longer:
- Fridge - After a soapy wipe down try the following:
- Deodorize - leaving an open box of baking soda in the fridge for at least 24 hours can help remove any lingering smells.
- Fresh Smell - Leave a pot of freshly ground coffee beans, or cotton balls dipped in vanilla extract for a lovely fresh smell.
- Oven - If your oven still smells after cleaning it, try rubbing it down with Vanilla extract on a clean cloth. Your oven will have a fresh scent the next time you use it. You can also fill a baking dish with an inch of water and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (you can also use lemon juice or white vinegar) and then heath the oven to 350 F for one hour.
- Microwave - Fill a microwave safe bowl with water and add a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar and a few slices of lemon. Microwave on full power for 1 minute and then let stand for 10 minutes before removing and wiping down the inside of the microwave.
- Trash - Each time you take out the trash, add a dryer sheet to the bottom of the trash can. The sheet will help eat bad odors and even leave a pleasant smell behind.
- Carpet - Sprinkle baking soda onto your carper and let is sit on the surface that needs deodorized for 15 mins, then vacuum. Baking soda has natural deodorizing qualities.
- Shoes - Spray smelly shoes with dry shampoo. It removes bad odors and has them smelling fresh as a daisy.
- Waste Disposal - You can clean the waste disposal and freshen up the smell by filling an ice cube tray with water and then adding some orange or lemon peel to each square before freezing. Once frozen, add them to you waste disposal and turn on. The blades will be cleaned by the abrasive ice and leave a nice citrus smell behind.
- Pets - It’s easy to make your own pet deodorizer:
- 3 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- 2 cups distilled water
- 8-12 drops essential oils
- spray bottle