Sometimes houses can get stinky. During the winter months, it can be easy for the air in a home to get a bit stale since doors and windows are kept closed. What else stinks up a house? Pets. Although we love our furry family members, they can really stink up a place. There’s also lingering smells from cooked food. Recently, I made a slow cooker recipe that I could smell well into the next day. Even though the food was delicious, I didn’t want to smell it for days and days.
Like I said, houses get stinky from time to time. And, because I have a super sensitive nose, I’m all about trying to find simple ways to freshen up our home to make sure our home is smelling good.
10 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good
If you’re home is seeming a bit on the stinky side, don’t worry. There are simple ways to make the different areas of your home smell good.
1.) Place candles strategically.
From the kitchen counter top to the bathroom counter top, a bedside nightstand to a desk, there are plenty of spots throughout the home for candle placement. The nice thing about candles is that even when they are not lit they still give off a great scent. By placing the candles strategically throughout your home, you can have a nice scent whether or not the candles are actually lit.
2.) Use carpet powder.
We have two large dogs who love to spend their time outside. When they come inside, I like to wipe them down with deodorant wipes but that doesn’t always happen. They love to lounge on the carpeted areas of our home. In order to freshen up the carpet and get rid of the stink from the dogs, I sprinkle baking soda carpet powder before vacuuming. The baking soda carpet powder lifts the stink and debris while I vacuum. When I’m done vacuuming, the carpets smell nice and fresh.
3.) Have plants throughout the home.
Plants not only make spaces pretty but they also purify the air in our homes.
4.) Have flowers throughout the home.
Not only are they beautiful, but most flowers have a lovely scent. By placing flowers throughout the home, you can keep your home smelling fresh as a daisy (see what I did there?).
5.) Make a linen spray.
One of my favorite scents is lavender. The scent is known for calming senses and creating a mood of relaxation. Recently, I took my lavender essential oil and made a lavender linen spray that I love to spray throughout our home. From couches to sheets to the carpet, spraying this calming spray throughout our home not only freshens up the space but also creates a sense of calm. Click here to find out how to make your own DIY Essential Oil Lavender Linen Spray.
6.) Use dyer sheets on couches.
One of my favorite tricks is to take a few dryer sheets and rub them on our fabric couches. The dryer sheets leave a great, clean scent on our couches.
7.) Wipe down surfaces.
Make sure you purchase a great smelling all-purpose cleaner. Spray the cleaner on your surfaces to not only clean the surfaces but also to add a great smell throughout your home.
8.) Eliminate the stinky culprits.
Here are some culprits:
- Dog Beds: Our dog begs have a way of getting stinky really quickly. I make sure I get new beds when necessary. Between buying new beds, I’ll vacuum the beds and spray them.
- Food: Is your refrigerator full of old produce? If so, it’s time to clean out your refrigerator. Be sure to wipe down the surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner.
- Garbage Disposal: Old food can get stuck in the garbage disposal. Throw a few ice cubes in the disposal to clean and sharpen the blades. Next, toss in a few slices of lemon and run the disposal to give the disposal a fresh, clean scent.
- Trashcans: It’s important to keep a clean trashcan. Take your main trashcan outside and clean it with soap and water to get rid of any stinky residue.
- Rugs: Make sure you wash your rugs, especially bathroom rugs since they absorb water on a daily basis.
- Showers/Bathtubs: Showers and bathtubs have a tendency to get moldy and have mildew buildup. Place an everyday shower spray near your shower and spray it whenever you’re done taking a shower.
- Mattresses and Pillows: Spray your mattresses and pillows with disinfectant (e.g., Lysol) and/or an stinky smell fighter (e.g., Febreeze).
9.) Make a stovetop potpourri.
By throwing a few items into a pot, you’ll have a stovetop potpourri that will fill the air of your home with a beautiful scent. Here are some great ideas for a stovetop potpourri.
10.) Open the windows.
When the weather is nice outside, I love to open my windows to let in the fresh air. Letting the new, fresh air into home will help get rid of stinky odors.
What’s your favorite way to make your home smell good?