8 Deodorizing Tips: how to keep your home smelling amazing!
We all love a clean, fresh-smelling home, but we sometimes don’t get it. Smells from cooking, pets and the general wear and tear of daily life can get in the way and leave our homes smelling mustier than we would like. I love to have my windows open, so that bad odors can escape and fresh air can blow throughout my home. However, when the weather is temperamental, this simple trick isn’t always possible.
Of course, the best way to combat odors is to get at them before they have had a chance to spread. Dirty dishes, an overlooked spillage, and old food in the fridge just exacerbate the odor issue. Keeping on top of removing odor-causing material will help keep your home smelling fresh and clean because it is fresh and clean! Ensure you regularly vacuum your carpets and upholstery, take out the rubbish before it gets too smelly and follow a regular cleaning routine.
Here are a few more ideas to keep your home smelling fresh year-round! Enjoy!
1. Add scent boosters to your vacuum
This is one of my favorite tips. If you follow my social media, you will have seen me do this plenty of times! Vacuum up a few laundry scent boosters and allow them to sit in the collection drum of your vacuum. As you vacuum, the scent will be released. Remember to change them weekly, each time you empty out your collection drum, and only use a few.
2. Make your own chemical-free air freshener
This is very simple: fill a spray bottle with warm water and 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. You can play around and mix a few oils together to achieve your preferred scent.
3. Make your own fabric refresher spray
You can make your own fabric refresher spray to refresh your carpets, curtains and fabric surfaces. Half-fill a spray bottle with boiling water, add 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, shake to mix and leave for about 30 minutes for the mixture to infuse. Always spray items from a distance of at least 20 cm/8 inches and be careful around pets and children.
4. Create a spa experience in your bathroom
Dried eucalyptus stems are great for creating a sense of tranquility in your bathroom. After taking a hot bath or shower, tie a bundle of eucalyptus together, hang it up and the steam in the bathroom will release the plant’s oils, creating a fresh, clean smell.
5. Homemade reed diffuser
I really struggle to find good reed diffusers; even with the expensive ones, i find the smell only really lasts a few days, so i have stopped wasting my money. Instead, i create my own diffuser using water, almond oil, and my favorite essential oils, mixed together in an open-topped glass jar.
6. Household plants
Having a few natural plants in your home will purify the air and keep your home smelling fresh and clean. The best ones to look out for are aloe vera and spider plants.
7. Wax melts
I jumped on wax melts last year; i am only sorry that i didn’t discover them sooner. They give off an amazing smell and are so much safer to use than candles. If you are yet to treat yourself to an electric wax melt burner, then you must. You can programme them to give off scent at a set time. I tend to have mine on all the time and change the melts every few days.
8. Make a carpet powder
One of the most overlooked spots where unwanted smells accumulate is in the fibers of your carpet. Eliminate these odors by making your own deodorizing carpet powder with bicarbonate of soda and your favorite essential oil. Sprinkle the powder onto your carpets, wait for 30 minutes, then vacuum as usual. Not only does the powder help pick up dirt and hair, it also leaves behind a light, fresh scent.