When you walk into your home what do you smell? Stinky shoes, maybe, or pets if you have them. It's easy for a house to start smelling stale. What do we usually do when that happens? We may open a window or reach for the candles and air freshener. While this may work for a short time, the smell fades and we're left in our stinky homes. And this is a bad thing since studies show that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell. So, if you want more positive emotions, keeping your space smelling great is the way to go, and these tips will help!
1) Eucalyptus in the shower
Hang 2-3 sprigs of eucalyptus in your shower to give your bathroom that luxe spa feeling. The humidity from the shower activates the oils in the plant, releasing the scent into the air, but make sure to hang the sprigs in a corner where they are less likely to get wet. Most gardening stores and nurseries will have sprigs of eucalyptus that you can buy at a low cost to you.
2) Lather your sink with dish soap
I will admit that I am a sucker for the smell of dish soap. I just love how clean it makes the whole room smell! And it makes dish duty just a little more bearable. Make sure to find a scent that you really love, and after you've cleaned all the dishes, give your sink a little love, too. Lathering up (and rinsing) the whole sink will make the fresh scent last longer.
3) Cloves and Orange skins
This unlikely couple will give any room that spicy citrus scent. All you have to do is peel an orange and press 5-6 whole cloves into the skin of the peel. Then you tie the peel with string or in a thin piece of fabric and you can hang it anywhere in your house. The best part? The scent can last up to two weeks!
4) Essential oil in your furnace filter
Changing your furnace filter is a great way to keep the air in your home clean on its own, but if you're looking to kick up the freshness factor, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil each time you change the filter. This tip should only be used if you have a pleated or disposable filter. This will allow the scent to be dispersed quickly throughout the whole house, and can last for weeks.
5) Dryer sheets behind the vents
If you have central AC (and you love the smell of fresh laundry), then you can place a few dryer sheets behind the vents that pump air into your home. Make sure not to use this for floor vents, since you will lose the dryer sheets forever.
6) Dryer sheets for dusting
Baseboards have a nasty habit of collecting and holding on to dirt and dust. It's a good idea to clean baseboards regularly, and an even better idea to clean them using a dryer sheet. The dryer sheets do a great job of picking up dust and cleaning off dirt, and they leave a fresh, clean scent along their path.
7) DIY Furniture spray
This is a great option for keeping your furniture smelling fresh because it's cheaper than buying furniture spray plus there's the added bonus of getting to pick your favorite scent. To make this spray, just mix a couple cups of warm water (depending on how strong you want the scent) with 1/4 cup fabric softener (here is where you get to pick your scent) and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. To finish, shake the ingredients together in a spray bottle, and you're ready to make your whole house smell like clean laundry.
8) Oats in the fridge
The refrigerator is an often over-looked stink haven. With all the different food (and smells) that go in and out of the fridge, there is no wonder it starts stinking up. But there is an easy solution. Just put some unflavored (uncooked) oats in a bowl and put that in the fridge. The oats are absorbent and will hold on to the smells. You can leave the oats in the fridge for a couple of hours or all day, just make sure to throw them away once you're done... no one wants to eat stinky fridge oats.
Next time you notice the smells in your home are turning you from positive to negative, just remember these easy tips and bring the zen back into your home.