How To Make Your House Smell Good

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How To Make Your House Smell Good

There is just something so special, satisfying, and mood-boosting about a fresh-smelling house. A house that smells like a home you love living in. Even if you’re able to stick to a cleaning schedule and are keeping your place rather organized, it might not always smell the best or it just doesn’t smell like anything. Simply keep on reading to find out how to make your house smell good, easily and efficiently.

how to make your house smell good

“Smell is the primordial sense, more powerful, more primitive, more intimately tied to our memories and emotions than any other. A scent can trigger spiritual, emotional or physical peace and stimulate healing and wellness.” – Donna Karan

Before attempting to make your house smell like a home you love living in, make sure that:

  • the trash is taken out
  • open windows and air out your house regurarely
  • if you’re not using a laundry dryer make sure to dry your laundry outdoors or at least by an open window
  • your house is more or less clean and organized
  • there is not too much dirty and especially wet laundry lying around
  • you eliminate bad smells first
    Think about spots in your house that might be simply smelling bad, these need to be addressed first. That could be your garbage bin (even when it’s empty), garbage disposal, or an old closet you love but that is smelling rather damp or even moldy

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.” – Patrick Süskind

Get rid of bad smells in your home

How to make your garbage bins smell good?
– clean the garbage can thoroughly with warm water and dish soap
– try using scented garbage bags, or
– put several drops of an essential oil (such as grapefruit or lemon grass) on a few cotton pads and drop them at the bottom of your garbage bin, before putting a bag in
How to remove odor from your garbage disposal?
– clean it with baking soda and white vinegar
– run lemon peels through your garbage disposal
top tips for a clean house
How to remove a musty smell from an (old) closet?
– clean it thoroughly with white vinegar diluted in water
– once clean, dry, and aired out as much as possible, add cotton pads with an essential oil or mild perfume on them to the bottom of the closet or the drawers
– put ground coffee into several small dishes and spread them in your closet/each drawer, remove after a day

How To Make Your House Smell Good

Now, that your house doesn’t smell bad anymore, let’s make it smell good!

#1 Reed diffuser

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A reed diffuser can be a great option for your bathroom or near the entrance door. In that way, a nice fragrance will be continuously released into the air throughout the entire area. You can control the intensity by adding in more or less sticks.
Just make sure you choose a fragrance you like, one that is rather natural, fresh, and not overpowering. You don’t want to get annoyed by it on the second day.

#2 Make a simmering pot

simmering pot

Will fall around the corner making a simmering pot is a wonderful idea. You simply use ingredients from your pantry or fridge. Mix your favorite fruits, herbs, and spices to create a cozy, festive, and fresh atmosphere.

#3 Scented candles

scented candles

On rainy days, cozy evenings, or even while working from home you can use scented candles not only to set the atmosphere visually but also to let the nice smell penetrate the room. Like with reed defusers, I wouldn’t go overboard with scented candles, both when it comes to the amount as well as the chosen fragrance. Keep it fresh, keep it natural.

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.” – Diane Ackerman

#4 Fresh and dried flowers

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Fresh flowers can be a great addition to your kitchen, dining area, or entry hall. You can hang up dried lavender in your wardrobe and/or your bedroom. Moreover, try hanging eucalyptus in your shower.
Some of the most popular fresh flowers for homes are hyacinths, tulips, peonies, lilacs, roses, sweat pea, plumeri, lily of the valley, and jasmine.

#5 Essential oils

how to make your house smell good

You can take advantage of aromatherapy, and relax your body and mind while making your house smell good. You can also use essential oils to create a DIY air freshener spray. As mentioned before a great way to make certain areas smell great is by adding several drops of an essential oil to a cotton pad and placing it where you want the smell to be spread such as your wardrobe, your garbage bin, or even your shoes.

Some popular essential oils that will make your home smell good are lavender, lemongrass, jasmine, grapefruit, wild orange, Roman Chamomile, magnolia, sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang, and geranium. You might opt for a blend of several oils to have a subtle yet delicious scent fill your home rather than choosing one overpowering essential oil. Moreover, you can first think of the atmosphere you want to create and choose your scent based on that. Different essential oils will help you create different moods. Decide whether you’re going for something uplifting, energizing, or intimate, and relaxing.

“Scent is our most primitive sense, it’s the closest thing to the emotional brain. It penetrates you. You love it, and you want to be part of it.” – Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone

How To Make Your House Smell Good