This way your home always smells fresh and fruity
When you visit someone’s home, there is one thing you will notice right away besides the interior: the smell. If a house smells good, you will feel a lot more comfortable than if you smell bad odours. Wondering what you can do to make sure your home always smells good? We share the best tips.
1. Use baking soda against bad smells
You can, of course, start spraying room perfume at random, but unfortunately that won’t always stop bad smells. What you can better use is baking soda. This does not mask unpleasant odors, but absorbs them, making them disappear. For example, put a container of baking soda in your refrigerator, in your pantry and in other places in the house where bad smells quickly take over. Not only is this an effective way to make your home smell good, it’s also very inexpensive!
2. Clean rugs, curtains and other soft surfaces regularly
Rugs, carpets, decorative pillows, bedding and curtains are magnets for odours. We hope you wash your bedding regularly at least, but how often do you actually wash your decorative pillows and curtains? Often this is a chore that easily slips by, and that’s a shame. These odour magnets can quickly start to smell musty. Make sure you wash your decorative pillows and curtains at least once a year. You should also thoroughly clean your rug or carpet once a year. What can help in the meantime is to sprinkle some baking soda (there you have it again!) over the rug. Leave this for a few hours – so it can absorb the odours – and then vacuum it up.
3. Open your windows
The easiest way to make your home smell good? That, of course, is by opening your windows. This immediately makes the whole room feel cleaner and fresher. Do you want to give your house a good airing? Then open windows on several sides of the room to get a head wind. Even if it’s freezing cold outside, it’s a good idea to leave your windows ajar.
4. Scatter scented sachets throughout the house
Spraying a home fragrance through your house and into every closet every day might be a bit too much. What you can do to make rooms and closets smell good is to spread scented bags around. For example, put a bag in your closet, the closet for the coats in the hall and the bathroom closet. This will ensure that these rooms stay smelling good! You can buy these scented bags, but they are also very easy to make yourself. Put some lavender on a piece of fabric and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Then tie the bag closed with a ribbon et voilà: you’ve made your own scented bag.
5. Use a diffuser with essential oils
Many people swear by essential oils to give their home a fresh and nice scent. Want to keep it natural and simple? Then use an essential oil diffuser with oils like rosemary, lemon, mint and cinnamon orange.
6. Less is more
Sure, you can fill your living room with scented candles, home perfumes and diffusers, but more is not always better. Especially when it comes to scent, less is often more. A strong fragrance or a mishmash of different scents can quickly become overwhelming. Therefore, preferably choose scents that go well together and keep it to a few fragrant items.
What else do you do to make your home smell good?
Source: Real Simple, The Kitchn | Image: Unsplash, Logan Nolin