Everyone likes walking into a nice clean, fresh smelling home. How a home smells is one of the first things a person notices coming from outside so it is nice to know some extra things that help keep a home smelling nice and fresh. Here are some hints below.
1. Air out your house – as weather permits open windows to let in fresh air. In general, try to leave windows open a little so that you are always letting in some fresh air.
2. Use scented cleaning products – when you are house cleaning, use cleaning products that have a nice smell to them; then, not only will a thorough cleaning remove residues, etc. that contain odor, but the cleaning will leave a nice smell.
3. Flowers – fresh flowers are a nice way to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. In addition to keeping your home smelling fresh and clean, flowers can be a nice way to decorate your home.
4. Use air fresheners – experiment until you find one that works good for you. Try natural fresheners made from real citrus fruits that come in recyclable spray cans. Also, the Febreeze product line claims to eliminate odors and not just cover them.
5. Try candles – scented candles are a good way to add nice aromas to your home. Beeswax candles burn cleaner than ordinary candles and release a gentle honey aroma.
6. Potpourri – it doesn’t have to be a holiday season to enjoy the smell of potpourri. Potpourri is a natural perfume that is a mixture of dry flowers, leaves, essential oils and spices. It is one of the best ways to make a home smell good. Place them next to places where bad odors can originate.
7. Scented pine cones – a basketful of pine cones can make your house smell like the country. If you have pine trees in your yard, use fallen pine cones to bring the smell of the mountain into your home.
8. Grind the peel of citrus fruit (lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit) in your garbage disposal to release a sweet citrus scent.
9. Stick whole cloves into orange or lemon peels or wedges for a crisp clean scent.
10. Simmer cinnamon sticks or a sprinkle of cinnamon powder, apple slices, orange peels or a few drops of vanilla extract in water on your stove to produce an appealing aroma throughout your house.
11. Place a dab of lavender, rose, or jasmine essential oil on a cotton ball and place on a small plate or unneeded glass jar lid out of sight in a room to produce a nice scent in a room for days.
12. Use a Q-Tip to dab a drop of essential oil (peppermint, lavender, rose, or jasmine) on a cool light bulb. When the light fixture is turned on and the bulb warmed up, a pleasant scent will be released. You can also try a favorite perfume.
13. Place a couple of drops of your favorite body oil on a light bulb to produce a warm light scent.
13. Where there are stronger odors, place a bowl of white vinegar in the area of the room where the odor is strongest. After approximately 24 hours the odor will be almost unnoticeable and within another 24 hours it should be entirely gone.
14. Use your exhaust fan when you cook, especially when frying food.
15. Keep your oven clean. If you think something might spill during cooking, use a pan to catch the drippings or wipe clean as soon as you are finished cooking.
16. Downsize your kitchen garbage can so that things don’t have time to produce bad odor. Most things can otherwise go into the garburator or go into your recycling bin.
17. Keep pets clean – make sure to keep pets well bathed and clean. Make sure that you have an adequate schedule to clean out litter. Clean up pet accidents as soon as possible.
18. Vacuuming – vacuum regularly; sprinkle carpet deodorizer or baby powder lightly on carpet or area rugs before vacuuming.
19. Keep basement dry and properly vented to prevent moisture and poor ventilation from producing a bad smell.