Making your house smell great in the middle of a long winter can start to be a tall order. Closed windows and stagnant air means that our homes are starting to smell like musty woolen hats and last night's dinner, rather than anything we'd call pleasing. It's time to turn things around. Take a deep breath and enjoy these 8 easy ways to make your house smell amazing:
Nope this idea is the real deal! And it couldn't be simpler. Just place a few tablespoons of your favorite cooking extract into an oven safe bowl. Place in a 350-degree oven for about an hour. Your kitchen will fill with the aroma of your choice scent and it will last several hours. Vanilla, orange, lemon, almond, and peppermint are some extracts that work best.
Fight Oil With Oil
Linens and blankets can smell unpleasant due to body oils accumulated over time. Add a few drops of lavender oil into the rinse cycle of your next load of wash to eliminate odors and infuse the load with the soothing scent of one of nature's most calming plants. Don't forget to include those throw blankets that have been out all winter - and even the curtains!
Over many years mint has become synonymous with clean and fresh, that's why mint gets two thumbs up from us for its effectiveness in making bathrooms smell great. The peppermint scent has a way of cutting through unpleasant odors without being too pungent or mixing with other odors to cause a noxious potpourri for the nose. Try a peppermint oil infuser, peppermint room spray, or mint fabric spray for towels. Or add a few drops of peppermint oil to the cardboard tube of a new toilet paper roll to infuse the air with ever twirl!
Does your garbage disposal stink?? Quarter up a few lemons, squeeze the juice into your ice-water, tea, onto your fish, or whatever, then throw the quarters, peels and all, into the disposal. Run cold water and grind away. The smell is great and, again, the citric acid kills smells and maybe even a few germs. If things are really bad, pour about a half cup of baking soda into the drain and add one cup or so of vinegar. Put the stopper(s) in all sink drain openings and give it a few minutes. Expect to hear some fizzing and popping. When the time is up, pour some boiling water down the drain to rinse. Then do the lemon quarters step to freshen any remaining smells.
The Sheet Smell of Success
Are your closets smelling musty or stagnant? Place a few dryer sheets on a top shelf and a couple more in a coat pocket or two to make the entire closet smell like a fresh load of laundry. Did you know that dryer sheets can also be used to deodorize your vacuum? Just toss a few sheets between the collection bag and the outer bag and deodorize while you vacuum.
One of the worst things to experience upon walking into a home is to be slapped in the face with stale food smells. Whether it be strong spices, garlic, fish, or even spoiled food - it needs to be taken care of right away. First things first, when your home is on the market and buyers can come by at a moment's notice, it is extremely important to always clean up food and dishes promptly. Clean as you cook to avoid a pile at the end. Dishes, pots, and pans left in the sink overnight can grow unpleasant smells exponentially while you slumber - so it's best to nip them in the bud right away and take out garbages too. Use ventilation fans and open windows as necessary. When the smells have dissipated (you may need to walk outside and come back in to determine that fact), then and only then, you may wish to light a candle for some positive aroma action!
Clear the Air
Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice to your home air filter. And let air circulation take care of the rest! New Homeowner Tip: When you initially move into a new-to-you house, buy a few (3 or 4) of the least expensive air filters to fit all of your returns, and change them every week or so, for the first month that you live there. After that first month, then you can go to whatever type filter you want or need. The reason is that an amazing amount of dust is stirred up during the moving process (yes, even in a brand new house) and it takes a few weeks of living there for things to settle back down. The more frequent changing of the filters lets the house sort of vacuum itself out. Voila! Now you can breathe easy.
No Substitute for the Real Thing
When it comes to smelling fresh and clean, ain't nothin' better than the real thing (and we're not talking about Coke-a-Cola). Your first line of defense against odors in the home will be to promote genuine cleanliness. Get on a schedule of regularly cleaning sheets, towels, throw blankets, curtains, carpets, as well as toilets, sinks and the refrigerator, to name a few. Try to never leave the sink full, and keep the empty sink and drain free of food debris. Adding these few things into your daily, weekly, and monthly routine will promote a lovely fresh and clean smell - with no deodorizers necessary!