We thought it would be fun to round up some tried and true methods and products for making your home smell amazing. Some are more natural, some not, your choice! And of course, hiring cleaning experts like us at Tidy Maids of Durham and Chapel Hill will help you keep your home fresh and sanitized! No matter how much fragrance you bring in, if there are mildewy towels or other funky scents lingering in your home, you’ll noticeably just be trying to mask the unmaskable.
Less Fruit, More Forest.
“While scent is a very much a matter of taste, I can say that the woodsier scents have a way of “dressing up” a space more so than the sweeter stuff. That doesn’t mean your place needs to smell like a campsite — it just means that a bit of spice, smoke, or toasty finish has a way of elevating your space while making it, well, warm!”
Especially in the living room, a cedar or sandalwood or the other scents mentioned just above are a great choice for some of us. Be your own scent mixologist and pair it with a musk, a creamy vanilla or lavender pulling in masculine and feminine scents that work in harmony together.
This mix and match also work well in your bedroom. You could choose just a jasmine or rose scent alone, or a lavender by itself, or you could try mixing the romance of the masculine and feminine scents together there are well. Like a yin and yang of aromas! Try chamomile, musk, vanilla, orange flower, and ylang ylang too. But no matter what, you don’t want anything too overwhelming. You want romance, relaxation, and anything that also promotes great sleep.
Scented Cleaning Vinegar
“When getting rid of unpleasant smells in your home, it’s not enough to just cover them up. A good cleaning session is usually enough to eliminate the source of bad smells. And if you’re using a cleaner that leaves behind a fresh scent – well, that’s even better! Check out the link below to learn how to make a scented cleaning vinegar that not only cleans effectively, but leaves behind a lemon-y fresh scent.”
Garbage Disposal Cubes
“If your garbage disposal is a source of some weird food smells, there’s an easy way to clean it. Follow the link below to learn how to make frozen disposal cleaning cubes using white vinegar and citrus. You won’t believe the difference it makes!”
Also for the kitchen, you’ll want scents that don’t compete with cooking aromas. You’ll need to avoid florals and stick to herby scents, apple, pear, or other food-related scents. They say if you’re selling your house and expecting buyers to tour, you should bake some cookies, a pumpkin or an apple pie. It won’t last forever, but it’s a good reason to make yourself a treat.
In your kitchen, as long as you’ll be home the whole time, you can make a fun scent concoction on the stove or in the crockpot. Just toss in something fragrant like herbs or lavender, apple slices, citrus slices, or peach slices and simmer them in water in a small saucepan or slow cooker. To brighten or freshen the room, especially from cooking odors, use the power of citrus like orange peels, lemon slices or lime.
“I usually only think about stovetop potpourri during the holidays, but it’s a great way to freshen the air any time of year! Fill a saucepan with water, add sliced lemon and your favorite herbs, simmer on low heat. Or you can use a mini crockpot as your heat source! (Follow the link below for a detailed post with my favorite potpourri “recipes.”)”
Oranges and Cinnamon to Make a Room Smell Nice
This is one of the methods first recommended to me by a friend. Just take a good size pot of water, let it lightly simmer and add in some fresh slices of oranges and a few tablespoons of cinnamon, (cinnamon sticks optional, but they sure do look nice). I turn off the stove and let the pot sit on my counter or stove top in my kitchen, and the scent is released throughout most of my home.
6 Homemade Air Fresheners That Smell Like Your Favorite Stores
“There’s something about your favorite store and its irresistible aroma. Good news: You don’t have to break your wallet to get a whiff of these yummy scents.”
Add Your Favorite Scent To Pine Cones & Make Your House Smell Nice with Essential Oils
“Just go out scavenging around your yard or the area you live to find some pine cones. Since, my house borders the woods, these were easy to find! Can’t get much more natural than that! Next, just add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender or cinnamon on to the pine cones. I did one to two drops per pine cone. Then, just place them in a nice basket to display them. They look beautiful and add a wonderful smell to the room! Plus, it’s easy to move the basket from room to room, if you want to switch from your bathroom to your living room etc.”
“Here is another quick and easy way to improve the smells in your home with essential oils. Just fill a small spray bottle with water, a bit of baking soda, and your favorite essential oil. Shake well, and use as a fabric refreshing spray! Lavender is a natural choice because of it’s calming properties, but citrus oils like lemon, tangerine, wild orange, and grapefruit are a great way to get a natural energy boost! Get the full recipe by following the link below.”
Essential Oil Diffusers
“I love my diffuser because it’s so easy to use! You just fill it with water, pour a few drops of essential oil in, and turn it on. The diffuser creates a fine mist that carries the scent of the essential oils throughout your house. And if you’re as excited about fall as I am, why not embrace it a bit early? Follow the link below for some of my favorite fall-themed essential oil blends that are perfect for your home diffuser.”
Deodorizing Carpet Powder
“One of the most overlooked spots for unwanted smells is the fibers in your carpet. Eliminate those odors by making your own deodorizing carpet powder! Sprinkle the powder on your carpets, wait for a few minutes, and vacuum as usual. Not only does the powder help pick up dirt and hair, it also leaves behind a light, fresh scent. Get all the details below!”
And The Last Word:
For the office, foyer, bathrooms, and play room try peppermint candles, citrus, crisp linen, grapefruit or another citrus, essential oils, diffusers, and more. Anything to keep your day bright, charged, and productive. After that when it’s time to wind down for the evening, change it up with a soothing fragrance in the like lavender or lemon balm.