Sixty-three percent of people agree that smell has a huge impact on their mood.
Walking into a house that smells of dirty laundry or leftover food can make you want to turn around and never come back. At the end of a long day, you want your home to smell appealing and inviting for you and your guests.
Tired of regular air fresheners? Are you looking for new ways to make your house smell good? Keep reading to learn eight ways you've probably never considered before.
In This Post:
1. Essential Oils
Most people have heard about the healing powers of essential oils. Have a headache, anxiety, or even a cold? Use essential oils!
But essential oils can also be the best way to scent your home. Purchase a diffuser for different rooms of your house, we recommend at least one for your living room and bathroom. Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil scent into the diffuser with water, for a long-lasting pleasant scent.
If you're new to essential oils, we recommend trying lemon, wild orange, lavender, or eucalyptus. All of these scents are often found in household cleaners and will leave your home smelling fresh.
2. Vanilla Extract
Some of the best home fragrance products are already in your pantry. Odds are you have some vanilla extract handy for baking, but it's also used throughout the home for it's welcoming scent.
Here are a few different ways you can use vanilla extract for its scent.
First, you can place a few drops of vanilla extract on top of lightbulbs inside your home. When you turn the light on, the vanilla extract will warm up, producing a pleasant fragrance for the whole room.
Secondly, you can also add a generous splash of vanilla extract to an ovenproof dish. Place the dish inside your oven at 300 degrees for an hour. This trick will freshen your home up for a full day.
3. Baking Soda
If you're wondering how to keep your house smelling fresh, start with your fridge. Food scents mix and linger inside your refrigerator, leaving an unpleasant odor that escapes into your kitchen.
Stop the stench with some baking soda!
Buy a new box of baking soda and remove the front and back panels from the box. Then, find a spot in the back of your fridge or your fridge door to store it. The baking soda will absorb odors, which stops flavor transfers between foods and eliminates lingering scents.
Just remember to replace the box of baking soda once a month for the best results.
4. Indoor Plants
Not only do indoor plants add to the decor of your home, but they have other benefits as well.
Plants remove toxins and pollutants from the air, creating a cleaner and fresher environment. They absorb harmful elements from the air and release fresh oxygen into your home.
And if you get a plant that blooms with flowers, you can have a bonus fragrance inside your home. Who doesn't love the smell of fresh flowers?
5. Carpet Deodorizer
Another place where odors become trapped inside your home is your carpet. Dirty feet, spilled messes, and pet dander leave your carpets smelling dingy. A simple vacuum cleaner often isn't enough to tackle these odors.
Instead, you need carpet deodorizer.
Purchase a carpet deodorizer from the store or create your own. All you need for your own deodorizer is a mixture of baking soda and the essential oil scent of your choice.
Then, sprinkle the deodorizer generously on all your carpets. Let it sit for at least an hour, we recommend doing this before bed and letting it sit overnight. Then, just vacuum up the deodorizer for fresh carpets!
6. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets aren't only for keeping your clothes smelling fresh — they can also freshen up other areas of your home.
Stash dryer sheets in drawers, your closets, and even under couch cushions. Dryer sheets absorb bad odors and release a subtle, fresh scent into your home. Replace them about once a week for the best results.
7. Stovetop Simmers
Stovetop simmers were your grandma's best air freshener back in the day. But they work so well, you should use them too.
There are countless different recipes available online depending on your scent preferences and the time of year. We'll give you the recipe for a basic stovetop simmer that's great year-round.
Add three cups of water to a pot and let it simmer over low heat. Once the water is simmering, add in one cup of eucalyptus leaves, one sliced lemon, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Leave the mixture simmering on your stovetop for a few hours for the best fragrance.
8. Get Baking
Our final tip for how to keep your house smelling fresh — get baking!
Before you have guests over, bake up some yummy-smelling snacks. We suggest chocolate chip cookies or any other recipe that calls for vanilla extract.
Not only will your home smell delicious when your guests arrive, but you'll also have a tasty treat to offer them.
Use These Ways to Make Your House Smell Good
Use these great ways to make your house smell good and impress all your guests. Try just one, or a few of these tips together.
Once your home is smelling great, think about upgrading your home in other ways.
Our blog posts are full of informative home tips. Or, check out our large selection of domestic bedding options to bring your bedroom into style. Either way — bookmark this site and impress all your neighbors!