Every house has a unique smell. Some homes smell better than others, and while it’s no surprise most people light candles or run diffusers to cover up unpleasant odors, it takes just a bit of elbow grease and a little know-how to banish bad odors for good.
Below, we divulge a few tried and true methods for making your house smell good all the time.
The Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, it could be responsible for that unpleasant smell lingering in your kitchen. To freshen and clean the garbage disposal, try squirting a bit of lemon-scented dish soap down the drain followed by a bit of water. Let it sit for a while before running anything else down the drain.
Alternately, you can also grind up lemon or lime rinds with lots of water or sprinkle baking soda down the drain, again, with lots of water.
Freshen Carpets and Rugs
The soft surfaces in your home capture and hold onto odors like a magnet. You can freshen carpets, rugs, and other soft surfaces by sprinkling baking soda over them, letting it sit for an hour or so, then vacuuming it up.
That Stinky Trash Can
It’s no wonder the trash can stinks. After holding your household garbage and food waste for days, it’s bound to reek. After taking out the trash and before putting a new liner in, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda in the bottom of the can. To further get rid of unpleasant smells in your trash can, spray the inside of the can with a disinfecting spray like Lysol to eliminate the bacteria that cause bad odors.
Simmer Fruits and Herbs
For a fresh and clean scent throughout your whole house, try simmering citrus slices and/or herbs on the stove. Lemon or lime slices, mint, and lavender make a great air freshener when added to a small pot with water. Just be mindful of the concoction simmering on the stove and add water or fresh fruit and herbs as needed.
Use Candles Strategically
Many people use candles to spread pleasant scents throughout their homes. While this is great, candles placed strategically can really make a statement.
Place an unlit candle in a small closet. Leave the lid off it so the linens can absorb the scent. Every time you use the linens, you’ll get a nice surprise.
Add a Touch of Nature
Houseplants not only look beautiful, but they clean the air around them. Some plants, like jasmine, gardenias, and eucalyptus even give off pleasant scents.
Utilize Your Air Vents
Attach a car deodorizer to the metal slats on your home’s air vents. Every time the heat or air conditioning comes on, it will disperse the scent throughout the room in one fell swoop.
Dryer Sheets are for More than Just Dryers
Dryer sheets can freshen so much more than just laundry. Use a sheet or two in drawers, closets, etc. to add a touch of fresh-out-of-the-dryer pleasantness to anywhere in your home.