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Want to make your house smell good all the time or have that perfect fragrance that you wish for?
A lot of people (including us) face the problem of foul smells in their homes due to various reasons. But thankfully there are a lot of solutions to get rid of them and keep the house aromatic. By just adopting certain ideas and doing a few hacks, you can easily make your home smell good naturally.
Sure you can use an air freshener but these commercial air fresheners release a lot of toxic chemicals in the air (that is worse than a foul smell). Hence, it’s best to get rid of these bad smells using safe natural methods.
So whether you have guests arriving at your house in a few minutes, or just want to keep your home smelling good always, here are some natural ways to do that.
15 Smell Hacks To Make Your House Smell Good Naturally
1. Dispose of the Garbage
This is the first and foremost thing you must do before trying any of the hacks below. That full trash can in your kitchen might be the reason why your home is smelling bad. So, dispose of the garbage first (if not already done).
As long as you have a stinky trashcan there’s no point trying out the other hacks to get rid of the smell.
2. Deodorize the Trash Can
Only disposing of the garbage won’t work as some foul smell can still linger in there. So, it’s time to deodorize the trash can. Sometimes, even empty trash cans smell like something died in there which in turn ruins the atmosphere of the entire house.
So, how can you deodorize trash cans naturally?
Easy! Just use baking soda. Now, you might already be aware of how effective baking soda is in keeping smells out of the fridge. The same is true for trash cans as well.
3. Deodorize the Carpets
Did you just smell that bad odor from your carpets? No worries, you just need to use the cleaning power of baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpets and leave it for around 10-15 minutes. Then vacuum it as usual.
Viola! The smell is gone and your carpet is smelling fresh now. Amazing, isn’t it?
Related: 11 Best Carpet Cleaning Solutions for the Cleanest Carpets
4. Open Windows to Let Fresh Air Circulate
This is the easiest and most natural way to get rid of the smell. Let the fresh air enter your house through the windows and doors. It will take away all the unpleasant smells with it and also, provide a fresh and cooling sensation to your space.
This will make your house smell good and refreshing but the problem is you cannot always open windows due to weather or many other reasons. That’s where natural room fresheners come in handy!
5. All-Natural Room Freshening Spray
You can easily make it at home. All you need is a spray bottle, distilled water, a few drops of essential oil of your choice, and a teaspoon of baking soda. Make a mixture of your favorite essential oil (5-6 drops) and baking soda (1 tbsp or 15g) and pour it into a small spray bottle. Then fill up the bottle with distilled water and shake it well.
Tada! Your homemade room freshening spray is ready for use. It’s an amazing way to keep your house smelling good all the time. Whenever you smell any odor or want a refreshing smell anywhere in your home, you just need to spray it. You can even use it on upholstery, fabrics, and carpets.
Related: 20 Surprising Essential Oil Hacks that’ll Ease Your Daily Life
6. A Lazy Solution
A room spray is quite handy but going to every room and spraying it is a little tedious. So, if you are feeling a bit lazy or are simply tired to go to every room and spray the room freshener, here is an easy solution.
Just heat 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla extract in your oven for about 10-15 minutes or till the time you start smelling its fragrance around the entire house. It won’t be as effective as the room freshener above but it works pretty well.
7. Make Your Sink Smell Good
Bad odor from sinks? Not to worry, just grab vinegar and baking soda.
Sprinkle around 1 small cup of baking soda on the sink and then pour 2 cups of vinegar over it. Keep the sink in this situation for a few minutes. Then pour 2-3 liters of hot water in the sink. Your sink won’t smell bad anymore.
Just like baking soda, vinegar is also an amazing cleaner and deodorizer.
8. Oats for Your Fridge
Bad odor from the fridge but don’t want to use baking soda or out of baking soda? Just place a bowl of plain oats in your fridge to keep its fragrance pleasing.
Just like baking soda, oats will also absorb all of the foul and stinky smell in your fridge.
9. Sunlight for Musty Smells
Musty smell? Often, beds stuffed with cotton and other mattresses smell musty because of humidity. So what to do to make them smell good as before?
Just keep them under direct sunlight for 4-5 hours. The heat from natural sunlight will get rid of all the musty odor from your mattress. It works with anything that smells musty as long as you can move it.
Nothing can be more natural than sunlight. The other advantage is that it will get rid of any bedbugs present too.
10. Place Cotton Balls Strategically
Okay, not just cotton balls—apply a few drops of essential oils on some cotton balls and keep them in various places in your house. You can place the cotton balls in your drawers, under your pillows, over furniture, or almost any other place in your house. This will keep every corner of your house smelling amazing.
You can easily revive the fragrance when it dies. Just wet the cotton balls with your preferred choice of essential oil again and the fragrance is revived. Easy!
11. Natural Purifiers
No, by this I don’t mean any natural spray or something. I mean plants that are amazing natural purifiers.
Not only do they provide us with oxygen but also keep the air around us fresh by keeping away odor. Plants such as snake plants, peace lilies, parlor palms, golden pothos, etc. keep the house safe from foul smells. So, get some air purifying plants today.
12. Spray Some Perfume on the Fans
I tried this when a few guests were scheduled to arrive at our house in a few minutes. Although it is a very temporary solution that works just for a few hours, it is useful during such an emergency.
For pleasant odor while using the fan, spray some room freshening spray which was shown above or essential oils or any other perfume on the blades of a fan. The next time you will use your fan, you will get a pleasant odor from the fan which adds up to the atmosphere of the house.
13. Aromatic Drying Sheets
Place good smelling dryer sheets under your pillow or even under your bed sheet while sleeping. Thus, you will smell and inhale an amazing fragrance even while sleeping.
14. The Magic Vanilla Mixture
You need 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2-3 drops of vanilla, and 2 cups of water. Put all of these in a small utensil and simmer on low. An amazing smell like that of cookies will occupy your entire house.
You need to keep a check on it and add water occasionally as required. The smell will continue to grow as long as you continue the simmering part. So it is best when you have some guests at your place. What’s even better is that this mixture can be reused.
15. Baking Soda for Furniture
This is an amazing way to erase the odors from the furniture. All you have to do is to place a bowl filled with baking soda inside the furniture. The longer you keep it there, the better your furniture will smell. You would also love these baking soda hacks.
Relevant: 13 Hacks to Make Bathroom Smell Amazingly Fresh
If you like these natural smell hacks, then do share them!
How do you maintain the smell of your beautiful home? Any secrets?
Now, we hope this post helped make your house smell good and refreshing, but if you have any other hack which can give your home a pleasant smell, comment below. We would be happy to hear from you!