The first thing guests notice when they come into your house is the smell. You wouldn’t want them to enter your house and immediately smell the dirty dog or cat litter, would you? And let’s be honest, kids are messy and stinky too! We know maintaining a spotless home all the time isn’t possible, and sometimes you just aren’t prepared for surprise guests, so we have come up with a few tips and tricks for keeping your home smelling nice. Cleaning the dog and bathing the kids are not requirements on this list! In fact, most of the ideas on this list are simple do-it-yourself techniques that can make a huge difference!
- Vanilla Candle and Coffee Beans - This one can easily be done at home with a small dish, a vanilla or unscented tealight, and coffee beans. Place the coffee beans in a dish filled most of the way. Insert the candle in the middle of the coffee beans so the whole candle is encased in beans, but there are no beans in the glass container with the candle and wax. Once these are ready, simply light the candles. Your house will be filled with a light coffee scent.
- Dryer Sheets in Air Vents - This is a very simple trick that can help create a light fresh aroma when the air conditioning or heat is running. Dryer sheets are light and permeable and can withstand high heat, so they should not be a risk to your home. Placing the dryer sheets under the vents will release a fresh laundry aroma into your house. As an added bonus, the sheets can also help cut down on the amount of dust that is released into your house when the heat or air conditioning turns on.
- Stovetop Potpourri - While many people have probably heard this trick, most people have not tried it. Stovetop potpourri is a way to fill your home with natural aromas from the kitchen or garden. There are many options for these scents, so pick one based on your preference or the weather/season. Start by simmering a pot of water on the stove on low heat, be sure to replenish the water whenever it gets low. The next step, add your ingredients, is completely up to you! Some of our favorites include lemon slices, rosemary and vanilla extract, or coffee grounds, cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract or apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin spice (my fall favorite).
- Wax Burners - Many places have started selling the wax tart burners that you plug into the wall and can turn on. The light bulb inside heats up the wax and releases the smell into the air. This is a great alternative to open flame burning candles. The wax burners can be left on all day and reduce the risk of fire around kids and pets. Personally, I place a new wax square in the night before and turn it on in the morning when I leave for work. With so many opportunities, you can have your house smelling great for different moods or seasons. The wax burners and tarts can be bought at a variety of different places such as Wal- Mart, Target, and even some grocery stores.
- Use Your Disposal - You would think your disposal is smelly and full of old food and grime, but it can be a great way to have your house smelling great in seconds! While running hot water, put lemon slices, orange slices or even lime slices down the disposal and turn it on. Immediately your kitchen and downstairs will be filled with a fresh citrus aroma.
- Oils on Air Filters - Before putting in your new, clean, FilterTime filter every few months when it is delivered, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the fabric. Once the air begins to circulate, the house will be filled with the smell of your favorite oil or oil combination.
- Fresh Coffee - This one is an easy one for any coffee drinkers. Brewing a pot of fresh coffee in the morning and can make your house smell like a Starbucks for hours. Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, but love the smell, a coffee pot and coffee are fairly inexpensive and can be worth it to have the freshly brewed smell.
- Add Scents to Fake Flowers - Big tip here: fake flowers do not have to be watered and do not die! While fresh flowers are great to have in your house and smell amazing, they are hard to keep alive and create extra, unnecessary work. Instead, go to the craft store and pick out your favorite silk flower arrangement! Once home, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the petals. Every couple of weeks, add a few more drops or get new flowers to change up the scenery and smell.
Cleaning your house and changing your air filters is a great way to keep your house smelling fresh and reduce the smell of pet odors, but there isn’t always time to get the house clean. Additionally, dogs and cats always smell regardless of how much cleaning is done. We love these simple tips to help keep your house smelling fresh, but we would love to hear your ideas!
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