If you’ve ever grumpily thought ‘my house never smells fresh,’ or wondered how to keep your house smelling good all the time, check out these tips! Here are 23 ways to have a fresh smelling home naturally. Start getting compliments on how good your house smells!
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How to Make Your House Smell Good
The first step in any fresh smelling home is to get rid of bad smells. We don’t just want to mask existing odors! Sometimes a little ‘house deodorizing’ is in order.
How do you deodorize a house?
1. Empty garbage cans regularly
When it comes to removing household smells, you have to find the source. Some of your bad odors might be coming from your trash. And it can quickly go from fine to nasty. Be sure to change your kitchen and bathroom can liners every couple days, or more often if you detect an odor.
Related: These trash bags offer antimicrobial protection to neutralize odors!
2. Clean out your refrigerator
Your fridge is another bad-scent culprit. Go through it once a week and toss items that are past their prime. A little hack is to put an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors.
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3. Sprinkle baking soda before vacuuming
To deodorize your carpet, mix baking soda and some essential oil drops in a bowl, then sprinkle on your carpet or rug. Let it sit as long as overnight to really absorb odors!
4. Open the windows
Weather permitting, a great way to freshen the air in your home is to open the windows. Even just for an hour or two! You can get rid of cooking smells, or any other stale or lingering odor this way.
5. Use your Crock-Pot
Did you know that you can use your slow cooker to eliminate odors in your home?
- Put some water in your slow cooker (a small one works great for this, but any size will do the trick)
- Add in 3 or more tablespoons of baking soda
- Turn your slow cooker on to Low
- Keep the lid off, and just let this concoction work its magic!
6. Get an air purifier
To help keep your home smelling fresh all the time, run an air purifier regularly. In addition to eliminating household odors, it also reduces dust and pollen. (Looking at you, fellow allergy sufferers!)
7. Make your own pet deodorizer
If you have pets, you know that they just come with their own set of odors. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep your house smelling good with pets, try making this natural pet deodorizer.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 cups of distilled water and 8-12 drops of pet-safe essential oil in a spray bottle.
You can spray it right on your pet, or in their bed, to help neutralize odors.
Note: Many essential oils are toxic to pets so be sure to check with your vet or reference this comprehensive guide for pet-safe oils.
Also be sure to brush your pet regularly, in addition to vacuuming the carpet and furniture. And of course, if they have an accident, use a pet stain and odor eliminator as quickly as possible.
8. Get rid of those musty towel smells
One of the lingering odor that could be jeoperdizing your home’s freshness, is the moldy towel smell. Here’s an easy trick to rid your towels of that gross mildewy scent.
Soak your towels overnight in hot water and a cup or two of vinegar. You can lay them in the bathtub or put them in the washing machine (but don’t run the load). Then the next day, wash them like usual, and ta-da! No more musty smell.
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9. Freshen up your shoes
You may not even realize that your shoes are contributing to the odor in your home. Spray the insides of your shoes with Shoe-Pourri to eliminate any bad scents. Another hack is to spray some dry shampoo inside your shoes to soak up any funkiness.
10. Use drain cleaner
Your sink drains can be another contributing factor to the way your house smells. Glisten foaming cleaner is my favorite way to freshen up our kitchen drain.
11. Use a daily shower cleaner spray
The benefit of daily shower spray is two-fold. Your shower will stay cleaner longer, and it will prevent a mildewy smell.
This natural daily shower spray smells so good!
Now that we’ve looked at ways to deodorize your home naturally, let’s look at some of the best home fragrance products. It’s how to keep your house smelling good all the time!
What can I use to make my home smell good?
12. Use a linen or room spray
When wanting to make your room smell good, just spritz the air, or your furniture or linens with Caldrea Linen and Room Spray. Or try this Natural Essential Oil Room Freshener. It is one of the best room deodorizers.
13. Put essential oil drops on your furnace filter
Sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oils right onto your furnace filter to keep the scent pumped throughout your home.
14. Use good smelling cleaning products
To help motivate you to clean and keep your house smelling fresh, use cleaning products with scents you love.
15. Burn candles
Scented candles are one of my favorite ways to make our house smell good. There’s something for everyone!
16. Use wax melts
If having a lit candle in your home kind of freaks you out, let me introduce you to the wax melt warmer. I use mine daily. It creates scent by melting wax cubes with a lightbulb, so there’s no need for a flame.
17. Stovetop potpourri
Simmer some potpourri right on your stovetop by adding potpourri to some water in a pan. You can also make your own mixture with things like citrus peels, cinnamon sticks, and your favorite herbs.
18. Clip Febreze vent clips to your home vents
Typically designed for the car, try using the Febreze vent clips on the vents in your home. Your furnace or air conditioner will push the scent out into your home.
19. Use coffee beans
Fill a small jar with coffee beans. Then place a tealight in the center. When lit, it’ll warm the coffee beans and make your house smell delicious.
20. Try an essential oil diffuser
Don’t forget to pick up the Seasonal Essential Oil Recipe Book to go along with it!
21. Hack some scent boosters
If you know the beauty of Downy Unstopables, I’m about to drop some knowledge. You can use them for more than just fresh-smelling laundry!
Put some scent boosters in little mesh bags, and place around your home or in your drawers! Your clothes will smell so good, and keep your drawers from getting that stale odor.
If you have a wax melt warmer, you can also use scent boosters instead of traditional wax melts.
22. Put essential oil in your toilet paper roll
Yep, just sprinkle a few drops of essential oil right on the cardboard part of your toilet paper roll. It’s make your bathroom smell good, and the lovely scent will waft out every time someone grabs some toilet paper.
23. Get some fresh plants
You could treat yourself to a bouquet at the grocery store, or buy some flowering plants to keep in your home. Growing your own herbs is another idea to make your kitchen smell good.
Live plants also offer the added benefit of freshening the air in your home.
When it comes to making your house or apartment smell good, these strategies make a really big difference.
I really hope these fresh smelling home tips and tricks gave you some inspiration for new ways to keep your house smelling good all the time.
Try implements a few of these ideas, and enjoy your new amazing smelling home!
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