A smelly home can be embarrassing and uninviting. Whether you are hosting guests or relaxing on your own, breathing fresh, clean air is a key to comfort. These simple tips will help you create a fresh, pleasant aroma that will clear your head and calm your mood.
The first step to making your home smell better is discovering the source of undesirable odors, and eliminating them. Common culprits are everyday household items including trashcans, refrigerators, sinks and fabrics.
First and foremost, take out the trash. While this seems simple, just getting rid of a full trash bag can instantly improve the quality of your air. A smelly sink can result from left-behind food from previous meals. To remedy this, run the peels of citrus fruits like limes, oranges or grapefruits under hot water. Similarly, old food can easily stink up a refrigerator. To get your kitchen smelling better, throw out any old, moldy leftovers and wipe down the shelves with a combination of white vinegar and water. This will leave your fridge smelling brand new, and your home much fresher. Stale fabrics like sheets and clothes can be remedied with air-freshener sprays that will leave them smelling brand new, or even better.
If you have pets, then you know that they can leave behind undesirable smells. To get your pet’s bedding smelling fresh and clean, put it through a 30-minute dryer cycle with a home-dry-cleaning bag or dryer sheet.
The quickest and easiest fix to a smelly, stuffy home is to open the windows. On a nice day, opening the windows will give your home a boost of fresh air and allow any stale odors to escape.
One of the most enjoyable and most rewarding ways to make your home smell better is by baking. Homemade treats like brownies and cookies will create a sweet, mouth-watering aroma throughout your home.
Lighting candles, particularly in the winter, will fill your home with a warm, comforting scent. Popular fragrances include vanilla, pine, apple cinnamon, ginger, cookie and lavender.
By following these simple guidelines, you will create an atmosphere so fresh and fragrant that you, and your guests, will never want to leave.