We all want our house to look its best, but another important part of making your house as welcoming as possible is to make sure it smells as fresh as possible. The scent your guests first experience when entering your space will leave a lasting impression on them. However, maintaining a welcoming odor can require some upkeep. Here are 10 ways you can make sure your house stays smelling fresh.
1. Simmer scents on the stove
One of the most time-tested tricks is to simmer water in a small saucepan and add citrus slices and herbs like lavender or mint to create a fragrant aroma that will be irresistible to anyone entering your home.
2. Let the outdoors in
Investing in some indoor plants not only purifies the air in your space, but having your own potted plants will also offer some pleasant fragrances in the process. Some plants have better smells than others. If you’re looking for some natural air freshener, look for geraniums, Arabian jasmine, eucalyptus, gardenias, corsage orchids, and Cuban oregano.
3. Use dryer sheets as air fresheners
One easy way to keep your clothes always smelling laundry-fresh is to place stacks of dryer sheets in your closets and dressers.
4. Bake up a storm
Another classic way to instantly create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your guests to walk into is by baking chocolate chip cookies. The smell of baked goods is guaranteed to make anyone instantly feel at home. As an added bonus, you also end up with delicious goodies as a result!
5. Drop vanilla on lightbulbs
This old Realtors trick will create the smell of baked goods without you ever having to turn on your oven. You create this effect by putting one or two drops of vanilla extract on a lightbulb. When you turn on the light, the vanilla will give your room a delectable bakery scent.
6. Burn beeswax candles
Burning this natural wax will infuse your space with a honey-ish scent and as a bonus also has a purifying effect on the air in your home. Beeswax candles give off negative ions when burned, which neutralizes common bad domestic ions such as allergens, dust and airborne toxins. You can pick up a candle at your local farmer’s market or health foods store or make your own.
7. Spray homemade air freshener
Give your bathroom an all-natural pick-me-up by spritzing some homemade lemon-rosemary air freshener. As a bonus, the spray is also antibacterial, so you can spray without worrying about adding any nasty chemicals to your water closet.
8. Create homemade reed diffusers
Another DIY way to keep your home smelling divine is by making some essential oil reed diffusers. Using the flavor of your choice and an attractive glass jar, you’ll be able to customize the scent of each room, as well as creating an attractive decorative item.
9. Drop some essential oil in the furnace
10. Make pomanders
This homemade air freshener has been used for centuries to add some citrus aroma to small spaces. Plus, you don’t have to be crafty to make them. All you have to do is stick a bunch of cloves in an orange, covering the entire surface. Hang your pomanders using string or ribbon. That’s it! This will keep your counters, cupboards or closets smelling fresh for years to come.