How to make your house smell good…all the time! These are the things you need to make your house smell good, so you can start getting compliments on how fresh your house smells and change the smell of your house.
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 simple ways to have a fresh smelling home naturally.
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How to Make Your House Smell Really Good
The first step in any fresh smelling home is to get rid of bad smells. We don’t just want to mask existing unpleasant odors with air fresheners.
Trash cans, or your garbage disposal may be the source of bad smells in your house.
So a little ‘house deodorizing’ is a good idea to start with.
Here are 4 of the easiest ways to rid your house of any bad odors first.
(Feel free to skip to #5 if you already know these tricks!)
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.
You can try these trash bags that 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. An easy way to freshen your fridge is to put an open box of baking soda inside to absorb odors.
Or keep one of these hilarious Chilly Mama deodorizers in your refrigerator to keep bad smells at bay.
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3. Sprinkle baking soda before vacuuming
To deodorize and make your carpet smell nice, 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, the best way to freshen the air in your home is to open the windows. Even just for an hour or two!
That fresh air can get rid of cooking smells, or any other stale or lingering odor this way.
How can I make my house smell good all the time?
5. Use your Crock-Pot
Did you know that you can use your slow cooker to eliminate odors in your home?
Here’s a great way to deodorize unwanted smells:
- 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!
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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.
Or check out these easy tricks to make all your laundry smell amazing!
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 or place dryer sheets 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 bedroom smell nice, just spritz the air – or your furniture or linens – with a room spray.
One of the best smelling rooms sprays is the 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
Essential oils are one of the best products to make your house smell good – and put them on your air filter is such a genius trick!
Sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil right onto your furnace filter to keep the fresh scent pumped throughout your home.
Consider it your frugal whole house fragrance system!
Essential oils that make your house smell good include:
14. Use good smelling cleaning products
To help motivate you to clean and keep your house smelling fresh, use cleaning products with your favorite scent.
Some of the best cleaning products to make your house smell good are:
- Caldrea Countertop Spray
- Better Life Tub & Tile Spray
- Method All-Purpose Cleaner
- Better Life Floor Cleaner
- Rain Shower Pledge
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15. Burn candles
Candles make any room smell better!
Scented candles are one of my FAVORITE ways to make our house smell good.
There’s something so warm and cozy about the flicker of a real candle.
They range in scent from sweet baked goods, to flowery rose or lavender, to spicy cinnamon. There’s something for everyone!
16. Use wax melts
If you want to make your house smell good without candles (because 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 for a natural way to add a sweet smell in your home.
Some spices to make your house smell good are:
- Star Anise
- 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
I absolutely love my essential oil diffuser.
Just add some water and drops of your favorite essential oils, and enjoy the scent all day. This fall essential oil collection is amazing!
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, let them out of your laundry room for once.
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
Fresh flowers and plants are like a natural home deodorizer or freshener.
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 with natural scents.
Live plants also offer the added benefit of freshening the air in your home.
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Ready to make your house smell better?
When it comes to making your house or apartment smell good, these smart home scent strategies make a really big difference.
I really hope these great ideas and fresh smelling home tips and tricks gave you some inspiration for new ways to keep your entire house smelling good all the time.
If you can eliminate stinky smells and add a clean scent on a regular basis, it’ll be a game changer.
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