HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE SMELL REALLY GOOD
The first step in any fresh smelling home is to get rid of bad smells. We don’t just want to mask existing odors! Sometimes a little ‘house deodorizing’ is in order.
HOW DO YOU DEODORIZE A HOUSE?
1. EMPTY GARBAGE CANS REGULARLY
When it comes to removing household smells, you have to find the source. Some of your bad odors might be coming from your trash. And it can quickly go from fine to nasty. Be sure to change your kitchen and bathroom can liners every couple days, or more often if you detect an odor.
2. CLEAN OUT YOUR REFRIGERATOR
Your fridge is another bad-scent culprit. Go through it once a week and toss items that are past their prime. A little hack is to put an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors.
3. SPRINKLE BAKING SODA BEFORE VACUUMING
To deodorize your carpet, mix baking soda and some essential oil drops in a bowl, then sprinkle on your carpet or rug. Let it sit as long as overnight to really absorb odors!
4. OPEN THE WINDOWS
Weather permitting, a great way to freshen the air in your home is to open the windows. Even just for an hour or two! You can get rid of cooking smells, or any other stale or lingering odor this way.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY HOUSE SMELL GOOD ALL THE TIME?
5. USE YOUR CROCK-POT
Did you know that you can use your slow cooker to eliminate odors in your home?
- Put some water in your slow cooker (a small one works great for this, but any size will do the trick)
- Add in 3 or more tablespoons of baking soda
- Turn your slow cooker on to Low
- Keep the lid off, and just let this concoction work its magic!
6. GET AN AIR PURIFIER
To help keep your home smelling fresh all the time, run an air purifier regularly. In addition to eliminating household odors, it also reduces dust and pollen. (Looking at you, fellow allergy sufferers!)Best Air Purifiers
7. MAKE YOUR OWN PET DEODORIZER
If you have pets, you know that they just come with their own set of odors. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep your house smelling good with pets, try making this natural pet deodorizer.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 cups of distilled water and 8-12 drops of pet-safe essential oil in a spray bottle.
Also be sure to brush your pet regularly, in addition to vacuuming the carpet and furniture. And of course, if they have an accident, use a pet stain and odor eliminator as quickly as possible.
8. GET RID OF THOSE MUSTY TOWEL SMELLS
One of the lingering odor that could be jeoperdizing your home’s freshness, is the moldy towel smell. Here’s an easy trick to rid your towels of that gross mildewy scent.
Soak your towels overnight in hot water and a cup or two of vinegar. You can lay them in the bathtub or put them in the washing machine (but don’t run the load). Then the next day, wash them like usual, and ta-da! No more musty smell.
9. FRESHEN UP YOUR SHOES
You may not even realize that your shoes are contributing to the odor in your home. Spray the insides of your shoes with Shoe-Pourri to eliminate any bad scents. Another hack is to spray some dry shampoo inside your shoes to soak up any funkiness.
10. USE DRAIN CLEANER
Your sink drains can be another contributing factor to the way your house smells. Glisten foaming cleaner is my favorite way to freshen up our kitchen drain.