You notice it when you leave the house and come back after a couple of days. Your house smells. No, we don’t mean like something is rotting in the basement, although that could be one cause. It has that sort of lingering, not-exactly-smelling-great odor. There are ways to take care of that. You can do a massive deodorize by changing the mattresses and washing all the couch and chair cushions; but there are easier ways to make the house smell good every day.
Hidden odor offenders
It’s your garbage disposal. There’s a smell that hovers around the sink and it’s not from the garbage can. Take out everything from the drain and any plastic or rubber guards and make sure they are clean. Then pour some lemon-scented dish soap down the disposal followed by warm water. You can also place lemon or lime rinds down the disposal and run warm water for a couple of minutes. If the smell remains, pour a half cup of baking soda down the disposal while running warm water.
Carpets act as one big odor sponge. Sprinkle baking soda all over the carpets. Let sit for a few hours and vacuum.
There can be lingering odors coming from the trash can even if you think it’s clean. Wash it and sprinkle baking soda in the bottom.
Add some fresh scents
Simmer water, citrus slices, and herbs like mint and lavender, in a saucepan on the stove. The slow heat permeates the smell throughout the whole house. You can tailor the ingredients with scents you like such as cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.
OK, there are always candles. Light them in several places around the house. You can also use them in areas such as the linen closet to add a fresh and favorite scent. The candles don’t have to be lit, the scent will still linger nicely in the room.
If you’ve got kids or pets running around and you can’t have candles burning, try a scented wax warmer or two. There are essential oil diffusers that you can just pop onto an electrical outlet. Or, put a drop or two on top of a lamp lightbulb.
Use the power of plants. Plants not only clean the air, but certain ones have a pleasant scent like jasmine, eucalyptus, and gardenias.
If you want a whole house fresh scent, use a car deodorizer clipped to the inside of a metal vent.
How about a bouquet of flowers to add a nice scent to any room!
Bake up a good smell
You can’t make bread and rolls 24 hours a day, but you can still use the oven to create the best home fragrance.
Put two teaspoons of ground cinnamon and ground cloves on parchment paper on a baking sheet in the oven. Heat the oven to 200 degrees and leave the door ajar. Bake the spice mixture for about a half hour to spread the smell of the spices throughout the house for long-lasting home fragrance help.
Here’s a baking twist. Put a cotton ball with a couple of drops of vanilla extract on your light bulbs. When you turn the heat on, the house will smell like freshly baked cookies.
You can also put a cotton ball with a couple of drops of vanilla on it in the vacuum cleaner bag. As it warms up and gets tossed around, the ball release the odor of vanilla.
Spruce up these items
Drips and drops from bottles in the refrigerator can build up after time and leave a lingering smell. You can start handling that problem by using plastic lids under the offending bottles to catch the drips. Is there a bit of a smell when you open the big drawer with the plastic containers and lids? That would be your odor-absorbing Tupperware. Believe it or not, wiping them down with tomato juice and then washing them will get rid of much of the smell.
Get rid of what might be bad smells in the freezer during a defrost or deep cleaning by sprinkling the freezer with coffee grounds and letting them sit overnight.
Make sure you have adequate venting in the wettest room of the house, the bathroom.
With regular cleaning as well as using some scent tricks, you will be able to keep your house smelling fresh all the time.
- 9 ways you can take action for our planet this Earth Day
- How to clean your car mats
- Make your own callus foot soak with these 3 recipes
- Make good use of your free weights with these total-body workouts
- Pick your new favorite kitchen towels with these tips