How to Make Your Home Smell Amazing
Each house has a unique scent. Some houses – we hate to say it – smell better than others. While it can be difficult to keep everyday odors at bay, there are several ways to deodorize your space. Of course, some jobs like pet damage, moldy mattresses and overflowing trash cans require a little elbow grease and patience.
But in general, it is quite easy to make your house feel good – especially if you follow these proven tips from the best interior designers. And although we don’t blame you for going too far on candles and reed diffusers, start with one method (eliminating stinky garbage, maybe?), Then go down the list if your nose isn’t unsatisfied.
Clean your trash.
Do you notice a persistent stench in your kitchen? If so, check the sink. “To eliminate the smell from your trash can, throw a spoonful of lemon-scented dish soap into the trash can, run the water, and turn it on,” says interior designer Keita Turner. You can also run lemon or lime peels through the disposal, followed by plenty of water. If the odor persists, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the trash while running warm water.
Refresh carpets and rugs.
Unlike tile and hardwood floors, soft carpets absorb stench like no other, especially after countless food spills and animal damage. Sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet – not just the problem areas, and let sit for a few hours before vacuuming. The same method works for pet beds and mattresses if you want to resolve other pain issues in your home.
Beautify your trash can.
It is not surprising that the combination of odors from leftover food and garbage creates an unpleasant stench. But come and find out, sometimes it’s the trash itself that smells. While cleaning your kitchen thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda in your trash can or use a deodorizing pack or capsule, such as Fresh Wave, under the can lining. Finish it off using a disinfectant spray, like Lysol, to kill the remaining bacteria.
Simmer herbs and fruit on the stove.
“I learned this from my mother obsessed with crafts and cleaning,” says Rhobin DelaCruz, interior designer. “Simmer water in a small saucepan and add slices of citrus and herbs, such as lavender or mint.” The warmth permeates the sweet scent throughout the house and can easily be personalized based on the ingredients you have in the house.
Scatter candles throughout the house.
Candles are an obvious way to fill your home with an aroma you like, but strategic placement is a simple way to increase their effectiveness. “Anchor a few candles where you least expect them, but don’t light them,” says interior designer Dee Murphy. “Try the linen closet, or anywhere the fabrics could live and be able to absorb the scent. Not only do you get a nice surprise every time you open the door, but your sheets will take the aroma with them wherever you use them. “
Bring the outside.
“Indoor plants purify the air while instantly beautifying your home,” says Turner. And many plants, including jasmine, eucalyptus and gardenias, also offer pleasant scents. Just make sure you are ready to take care of them.
Refresh your air vents.
“Attach a car air freshener, like Febreze’s, to the metal slats of a vent,” says DelaCruz. “As the air blows, the scent floats around the room.” This way you can give your whole house a uniform scent in one go.
Deodorize with dryer sheets.
Think beyond the laundry room: “Place a few dryer sheets in closets, dressers, or other small spaces,” says DelaCruz. It gives everything a scent fresh out of the laundry even if it has been stored for months.