Don’t you love it when you walk into your home, and it smells fresh, clean and gently fragranced with a natural aroma? If the answer is yes, then there is no doubt you know that getting your home to smell this way takes more than just a can of an air freshener that you bought from your nearest store. Fortunately, with our rundown of six things to do to make your home smell better below, getting your house to smell heavenly does not have to be that hard.
1. Start with the cleaning
First things first, you need to identify the source of any odors in your home and tackle it. Failure to do so means you will be doing zero work because the bad odor will overpower any measures that you take to make your house smell better. Stinky smells often come from your kitchen, vents, fridge, carpets, furniture and even shoes. First, start with the kitchen, as this is often the primary source of bad smells in any home. Clean up your sinks and dishwasher, as they are often a source of tiny food bits and leaky trash that result to a stinky house. Then ensure you dispose of your garbage on a daily basis thereby eliminating any causes of bad odor. Next, ensure your carpet is clean and if not, use a wet-dry vacuum, baking soda or vinegar to clean it up. If possible, take it outside and clean it up because leaving it dump indoors not only increases the bad smell, but also puts you and your family at the risk of contracting respiratory ailments. Freshen up your furniture by sprinkling baking soda and letting it sit for a while and then clean it off, ensure there are no damp clothes in your laundry room and clean your washing machine as it is also a serious source of stinky smells in your house.
Handle pet odors
As much as they are cute and loving, pets are also a source of bad smells in your home. In respect to that, if you have one, whether a cat, a dog or any other, you need to walk the extra mile to ensure your home smells are in check. For instance, even well trained pets tend to have accidents in which they poop or urinate accidentally. If left too long, the smell can be hard to get rid off, therefore once you notice any accidents be sure to work on them immediately. One way to do so is sprinkling baking soda on carpets or any other surface that your pets usually love, and letting it sit for a few hours before vacuuming. Doing this helps in removing any trapped odors. Also, do not allow pet on furniture and if this is a rule too hard to follow, opt for furniture that is pet-friendly, for instance, leather seats are often more comfortable to clean than fabric.
3. Open your windows
The fastest and easiest way to get your space smelling fresh is opening the windows. This allows the sunshine and fresh air to come pouring in, thereby eliminating any stinky smells and stuffiness that was there before. Therefore, if the weather and the location you live in allow, make it a habit to open your windows.
4. Make use of scented candles
Another way to make your living space smell better is by utilizing scented candles. The good thing about these candles is that they not only have a long-lasting fragrance but also tend to enhance the ambiance of any room creating a more inviting space. For the best results, ensure you choose the right scent for you. For instance, if you want to create a tranquil atmosphere, scents like lavender, jasmine or chamomile will help you achieve that effect better but if you want to create a refreshed ambiance citrus-scented candles such as neroli and blossom will help you accomplish the trick. Ensure that you place them on a stable, heat-resistant surface and away from fabrics and curtains. Light your candles for thirty minutes to three hours if possible as this ensures that the perfume is integrated into the wax giving you the best results.
5. Reed Diffusers
If you want your space to smell nice, but you have no time to keep an eye on scented candles, then we are happy to let you know that a reed diffuser will work miracles too. The diffuser reeds often soak up the fragrance of the essential oils in the jar and disperse the scent into the air making your home smell heavenly. The good thing is that you can even make a reed diffuser yourself. All you need are a few bamboo skewers, a glass jar with a narrow opening and any sweet-smelling oil of your choice such as sweet almond and also essential oil. Add the oil into the jar and about twenty drops of essential oils such as jasmine, chamomile, lavender, vanilla or any other of your choice. Stir the contents together and then arrange the skewers and place the jar on a stable surface, out of the reach of children and wait for the magic to happen.
6. Use a plugin diffuser and essential oils
If a reed diffuser is too much work for you, then a plug-in diffuser is a much easier option. Purchasing one at your nearest store or online and adding essential oil of your choice to it and then plugging it on will help make your home smell better. As mentioned earlier, you have multiple options when it comes to essential oils; you can opt for one or mix two or three of them for a better smelling space.
Making your home smell better does not have to be that hard. Incorporating the tips above will leave you with a clean, fresh and gently fragranced living space that will be the envy of your friends and family.