How to Make Your House Smell Good Naturally
Here are the best 10 tips and tricks to make your house smell good naturally and easily
Does your house have a smell?
I feel like every house does, pleasant or unpleasant it has its own distinct scent.
After coming home from a short vacation I realized our house has a scent all its own, and honestly it needed some adjusting…
I didn’t want to just shove a bunch of air fresheners everywhere though, I wanted a more natural smell with a good scent.
Some of those strong artificial air fresheners give me a headache and then I get sick of the scent really fast.
So I wanted to try out some natural ways to make our house smell good all the time.
Here are the ways that have worked for us that really keep our home smelling good and are easy to try.
How to Make Your House Smell Good
1. Simmer Pot Infusions
Using a simmer pot is one of the easy ways to make your house smell good fast.
You can use any pot you want, I have this clear glass pot I like to use.
It is super easy to create a wonderful smelling simmer pot and you probably have everything you need already in your home.
Here are my go to simmer pot recipes:
Fresh Smelling Simmer Pot-
- 5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- Sliced Grapefruit
- 1 Lemon Sliced
- 1 TSP Vanilla
Spring Simmer Pot-
- Dried Lavender
- Lemon Slices
- 1 TSP Rosemary
- Fresh Flower Petals
Christmas Simmer Pot-
- Orange Slices
- 1 TSP Ground Ginger
- 1 TSP Nutmeg
- Dried rosemary
- Cinnamon Sticks
Start by filling your pot about halfway with water and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling add in your simmer pot ingredients and let it all boil for one minute.
Then you can bring it down to a simmer and let it fill the house with a fresh scent all day long. Just remember to check the water occasionally and top it off if it gets too low.
The best part about a simmer pot is that there is no “right way” you can use whatever you have on hand and create your own welcoming scents.
2. Absorb Bad Kitchen Smells with Baking Soda
Sometimes you need to get rid of the bad smells before the good smells can happen.
Place small bowls of baking soda in areas like the pantry, around the stove, and refrigerator to absorb strong cooking odors.
These can be replaced weekly with new baking soda or just use them when you know you will be cooking up a strongly scented storm.
The best part is that baking soda is pretty cheap so it can be incorporated easily into your cleaning routine.
3. Deodorize Carpets and Rugs
Speaking of baking soda, it is my number one go to for deodorizing our home’s rugs.
Simply sprinkle it onto the carpet or rug and let it sit for an hour or two so that it can absorb all the not so good smells.
When you are ready, vacuum the rug like normal.
If you need a more serious rug washing to remove stains, must, and other strong odors, I have a simple method you can check out here.
I also use baking soda mixed with essential oil when I clean our mattresses, you can see that tutorial here!
4. Add Live Plants
I am definitely not the queen of plant keeping but I do like to keep at least one live plant in our main living area.
Plants are a great way to naturally purify the air. They can help maintain a naturally fresh smelling scent in your home.
Did you know an English Ivy plant can remove 78% of airborne mold?
It’s amazing what having a few good indoor plants can do for the scent and purity of a home’s air.
5. Natural Room Freshener
If you are wanting to get rid of odors fast or just looking for a non synthetic air freshener a homemade natural room freshener is for you. Grab a glass spray bottle and mix 1 oz of alcohol or unflavored vodka with essential oils.
My go to essential oils for room sprays are lavender and citrus smells. After the oil and alcohol are combined add 3 oz of distilled (or boiled) water and shake really well.
These homemade room fresheners can last about three months if they are kept in a glass container, essential oil eats through plastic. It is also important to use either distilled or boiled water because tap water can contain bacteria you don’t want to be spraying around the house.
This natural room freshener is a great way to keep your room smelling fresh without the synthetic smell of plug in or spray can air fresheners.
6. Utilize Air Filters
We all know a big part of being an adult is changing out those air filters at regular intervals…
I have to set reminders on my phone so I am not sure if I have officially reached peak adult status.
Changing out air filters regularly does a lot for your home’s natural smell but you can also add a few drops of essential oil to them and infuse your favorite scent throughout your home.
Again I choose essential oils like lavender, orange, or lemon for this scent boosting idea.
7. Clean the Garbage Disposal
If you have ever noticed your kitchen smelling a little, well funky, the garbage disposal is a good place to start.
Put lemon rinds down the garbage disposal and turn it on, then run hot water for about a minute.
If that doesn’t do the trick follow up with a 1/2 cup of baking soda and hot water. That combination should cure the stinky kitchen situation.
8. Don’t Neglect the Garbage Can
Another culprit for bad kitchen smells is the garbage can and not just when it’s full.
After you remove the garbage bag, sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of the can to help absorb odors.
This one change has made a huge difference in our home’s odor problem.
9. Naturally Deodorize Drawers and Closets
One way I keep our clothes always smelling fresh happens after the laundry room.
Use dryer balls infused with essential oils in drawers and closets.
This will make clothes that have been stowed away for months still smell as fresh as the day you washed them.
You could also use dryer sheets or these wonderful smelling hanging sachets.
This is an easy way to make your clothes and even the room smell good!
10. Use Vinegar
Vinegar and baking soda are both the magic ingredients when it comes to making a house smell clean naturally.
If you have just cooked up a smelly storm simply simmer some vinegar on the stove and it will remove the odors before you finish your last bite.
Vinegar is also my go to for removing the musty smells from rugs or carpet.
I simply add it to a glass spray bottle and mist the area, then turn on a fan and let the vinegar evaporate.
Vinegar is also a great natural home cleaning product, I use it to clean our microwave, dishwasher, and washing machine.
For the washing machine I set it on self clean mode and add in a cup of vinegar.
When it is time to clean the microwave I place a cup of vinegar inside and turn it on for one minute, then I let it sit for three minutes. After that the stuck on microwave gunk is easy to remove with a washcloth.
For cleaning the dishwasher, I place one cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl and set it on the top rack. I set the dishwasher to go through its normal cycle and remove the bowl when it’s done.
The Best Ways to Make your House Smell Good
Obviously one of the best ways for you to make your house smell good is also with regular cleanings and blah blah blah. But those ten other tips and tricks are to give it that extra something.
Using those natural alternatives to make our home smell fresh is so much better than the artificial smelling ones.
Those natural products are also a lot cheaper than most plugins and inserts.
If you are looking for a plug in alternative a diffuser is another great way to add your favorite essential oil smell to your home.
There is nothing like coming home and opening the door to a fresh smelling home.
Hopefully those tips and tricks will help you easily tackle your home’s scent.
Let me know if you have any other tips for a clean, fresh smelling home.
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