How to Make Your Home Smell Good
Have you ever walked into someone's home and been able to tell right away that they smoke or have pets because of those distinctive smells? Unfortunately, sometimes the homeowner's noses are so accustomed to those yucky scents that they can no longer detect them. But you can, and those stinky smells might keep you from visiting your friend.
They can also make you a little paranoid about bad odors in your own home. Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to remove bad odors and you can even be proactive and beat them before they can take root.
One of the biggest tips for making your home smell great is to throw open those windows! Fresh air can brighten up the scents in any room, and leaving the doors and windows closed can allow smells to linger. If it's too cold to open them wide, just allowing a tiny crack for small amounts of time is an option.
Speaking of options, you have tons of others that will help you keep your home smelling fresh.
Easy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good
There are several fantastic choices for using scents in your home as well and most of these solutions are easily customizable, allowing you to use your favorite scents.
- Scented incense is usually fairly inexpensive and can be purchased in many different scents. Make sure to use incense in a large room, or have a window open for ventilation if you use it. Some people prefer lighter scents in the spring and summer, and heavier ones in the fall and winter.
- Candles are great, but can be pricey as well as dangerous if left unattended. Use a coffee cup or candle warmer for a safer and more long lasting way to use your candles. They can usually be purchased for less than 10 dollars. You can re-use the little glass jars by putting potpourri in them and stashing them around your home. Another great way to recycle is to re-use the candle wax itself—the longer you "warm" your candle, the more the scent will dissipate until you just have a lump of unscented wax left. Use a few drops of your favorite scent oils. These are available relatively inexpensively on websites like eBay.
- Reed diffusers are fairly economical and can be reused. You can also buy your favorite kind of essential oil to use with your diffuser, and you can dilute it with water to make it last longer. If you alternate scents, you will see better results.
- Save your used dryer sheets, and put them in your drawers to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Do not put new ones in there, as they have oil in them that could stain your clothes. Dryer sheets are also good for stuffing inside your shoes when you're not wearing them to keep them smelling fresh.
- If you smoke, do it outside. Almost nothing will stink up your home faster than cigarette smoke. Once it gets in your carpet, your drapes and your furniture, it is tough to get out. Try not to smoke near open windows as the smoke will drift inside.
- When cleaning, use great smelling products like Pine Sol or Murphy's Oil Soap. The smell can linger for a long time. Also try to make a habit of washing down your walls every month or so. Paint can absorb smells. If you have carpeting, you can use baking soda or baby powder when vacuuming in place of expensive carpet powders.
My all-time favorite accessory for making my home smell amazing is a lampe berger. These things, however, are not cheap. I prefer to think of them as investments. They can be found in almost any style to compliment your décor and, much like incense or reed diffusers, these things can make your whole house smell amazing. If you have a ew extra bucks to spare, I'd definitely suggest looking into them.
If you notice reoccurring musty or moldy smells, you should probably find the source and eliminate the problem. Mold and rotting wood needs to be removed or replaced as soon as possible. Make sure you check infrequently visited areas of your home like crawl spaces and attics when investigating the source of the smell.
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How to Have A Kitchen That Smells Great
- Keep all surfaces in your kitchen clean, especially cutting boards and other areas where you prepare your food. Food smells are often left behind on the surfaces in your kitchen as well as bacteria that can cause even more unpleasant odors.
- Garbage disposals are notorious for creating bad smells. A little bit of vinegar or lemon juice poured down the drain once in a while will kill the bacteria that create the smells. Toss in a handful of ice cubes, too. They'll bounce any food or grease particles loose and wash them on down the drain.
- If you're cooking something with an odor, like fish for example, it can stink up your entire house. A small bowl or jar of vinegar on the counter will help get rid of the smell. Also, slicing lemons or other citrus fruit will help, as will making a pot of coffee or cooking something else with a wonderful smell.
- A small pan at the back of your stove filled with water and a drop of essential oil or even cinnamon or vanilla will not only make your kitchen smell great, but also the rest of your home. Boil it for a few minutes to release the aroma then let it simmer for a while until you no longer need it.
- The old tried and true practice of leaving a box of baking soda open in your fridge does work, and is relatively inexpensive. Make sure to replace it at least every three months, or sooner if you start to notice food smells in your fridge. You can also place one in the freezer. Putting a piece or two of charcoal in a bowl in your fridge will also absorb smells.
- Keep all food in the fridge sealed tightly, and keep your produce in the crisper. This will keep the smells down, and your cheese won't smell like onions. Also, check for spoiled foods every day and dispose of them promptly. Some people write a 'use by' date on foods and leftovers to know when they need to go in the trash. If something is freezer burned, throw it out.
- A bowl of vinegar and water cooked in the microwave for a couple of minutes will get rid of that burned popcorn smell or anything else that may be hanging around. It will also loosen food particles and make your microwave much easier to clean.
- Don't throw away those orange, lemon or lime peels! Put them in the oven on 350 degrees for a few minutes, then open the oven door. They will make your kitchen smell wonderful.
- Sprinkle some baking soda or Borax into your trash can to keep smells from growing. Make sure your trash bags do not have holes in them and are properly stored in the can. If you have food that needs to be thrown out, try putting it in an empty bread or grocery bag and trying a knot in it.
- If your clothes washer has odors, add a cup of white vinegar to a wash cycle, or run the washer empty with a cup of bleach to get rid of the smell.
- Dishwashers can stink, too. To get rid of those odors, try running an empty cycle with baking soda or white vinegar in the soap dispenser. You may also need to clean out your filter.
- Periodically check your plumbing for any leaks and repair them right away. Leaking pipes can not only cause damage to the wood in your home, but they encourage mold.
How to Make Your Bathroom Smell Good
The bathroom is one of the first places in the house to manage a funky smell. There are quite a few things you can do to prevent them, however.
- As with the kitchen, always make sure that your plumbing is in good repair.
- Keep smells in your bathroom down by making sure that all grout or caulk is in good condition.
- If you notice bad smells coming out of your shower drain, it could be sludge caused by shampoo, soap and other things that we use every day. Try putting a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain. Let it sit for at least fifteen minutes, then follow it with at least a gallon of boiling hot water. If you have PVC piping instead of metal, however, just use the hottest tap water you can get.
- Keep a candle on a warmer in your bathroom and leave it on often. Try using a light scent for this small room. A bowl full of potpourri can also be placed on a counter or shelf, replace it often, as does lose its scent fairly quickly.
- Make a habit of washing all towels and bathroom rugs often.
- When you clean your bathroom, use cleaners that are anti-bacterial such as bleach, Lysol, or even vinegar. These solutions will kill bacteria and keep your smells down.
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