The smell is one of our most powerful senses, and each home has its unique scent. What does your home smell like?
We all want our homes to smell fresh and clean, after all, it’s those scents that are inviting, relaxing and that put us at ease.
But unfortunately, some homes smell bad. And some, they smell amazing!
So we’ve put together a list of tips to make your home smell amazing.
Out With the Bad, in With the Good!
Before we delve into the tricks and strategies for improving your home’s scent, there are two basic rules to keep in mind.
Remove Bad Odors
While your pet’s blunders can’t be so easily corrected, you have control over other potentially stinky areas of your home.
Those places are your fridge, trash can and shoe cabinet. Keeping them in check (aka clean) will remove a heap of unpleasant smells from your house.
Scent Your Home Subtly
You want your home to smell fresh and clean, not sweet and overpowering. Plus, sweet fragrances on top of bad odours will make your space smell much much worse.
The idea is not to cover the bad smell, it’s to enhance the quality of your air and scent.
7 Tips to Make Your Home Smell Amazing
1. Dried Potpourri
Dried potpourri is a clever way to have your house smell nice from the moment you walk in the door. Some might think it’s passé, but it’s a very (cost-)effective way to do this.
Plus, it’s easy to make it yourself and have it release the kind of fragrance you like most.
Using a diffuser is a good way to release the scent of essential oils effectively.
Essential oils have a lot of antimicrobial and healing properties, with lavender, lemon and frankincense some of the most popular fragrances.
A reed diffuser is a more natural, efficient way of reaping the health and fragrance benefits of natural essential oils as you don’t have to worry about breaking and stopping working.
“Reed diffusers are longer-lasting and scent your home more subtly,” says Helen Armstrong, Founder of Apsley.
High-quality scented candles, besides creating a nice atmosphere in your home, also help with subtle scenting.
Candles are also an effective way to temporarily mask cooking smells. For example, you can use a basil-scented candle to get rid of the strongest cooking odours.
Place candles all throughout your house and watch your place transform.
4. Fruit and Spices
For a temporary pick-me-up, a good idea is to simmer fruit and spices on the stove. Just like with making dried potpourri, you create your own smell and enjoy a beautiful aroma that travels throughout your house.
And while you’re at it, you might be inspired to bake some cookies or make mulled wine. It’s a lovely smelling recipe for cold weather!
5. Baking Soda
The humble baking soda is the indispensable ingredient to a nice smelling home.
Not just for cooking and scrubbing grime, baking soda soaks in any odour it comes in contact with. Sprinkle it on carpets, put a cup of it in your fridge – baking soda will work its magic.
Another natural way to improve the quality of your air – and beautify your home – is by using indoor plants.
While you do have to care for them, they are a healthy, air-purifying addition to your home.
Devil’s ivy, spider plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, and aloe vera will all purify your air – with the added benefit that they are easy to maintain.
7. Room Mists
The last addition to our list is room mists. The high-quality ones have subtle fragrances and will uplift your space in no time.
Their scent can be long-lasting, but it is a temporary solution for improving the smell of your home.
So here you go. Now that you’ve tackled odour at the source and found out all the easy, subtle, and natural ways to improve the scent of your home, you’re ready for guests – and for a more enjoyable time at home.
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