There’s nothing more inviting than a fragranced home with fresh smells. If you’ve ever been to a smart hotel and have been enveloped by the beautiful scent in the room, you’ll know how it can instantly alter your mood and create a sense of luxury. So why not create that same atmosphere in your own home?
Here are some tips to give your home a delicious scent that will uplift you, and will also impress anyone who comes through your door.
- Open the windows daily. There’s no substitute for fresh air. This alone helps to remove stale odors.
- Ensure that whenever you cook or fry, you leave the windows open or use an extractor fan.
- Bake. The smell of fresh bread, cakes, or challah baking in the oven will permeate your home with a beautiful scent.
- Cultivate house plants. A NASA study found that plants can help improve the quality of air by filtering it and absorbing impurities. NASA researchers advise that for the most efficient air cleaning, there should be at least one plant per 100 square feet of space. Some of the best air filtering plants include areca palms, spider plants, bamboo palms and Boston ferns. To ensure that your plants are most effective at absorbing air particles, dust the leaves with a damp cloth from time to time. In addition, there are other plants that will release an exquisite fragrance into your home such as jasmine, gardenia and lavender.
- Place reed diffusers with essential oils at strategic locations around your home (entrance hall and bathrooms) for a subtle ongoing fragrance.
- Use natural cleaning products like lemon juice to clean limescale and soap scum from your sinks and showers; this will give your home a fresh lemon scent as well.
- Grow herbs in your kitchen. Basil, oregano and rosemary all smell gorgeous. And you can use the fresh herbs in your cooking too.
- Create an orange peel air freshener. Scoop out the pulp of half an orange and fill it with salt. The orange will release a lovely citrus scent, while the salt absorbs any stale smells. Use these around the home and in your refrigerator too.
- Make sure you empty your kitchen garbage daily and always check for any vegetables going bad. The smell of a rotting potato can be particularly unpleasant.
- Keep your drains clean by pouring drain cleaner or bleach down them from time to time.
- Make homemade deodorizing disks for your garbage can or diaper bucket. Blend two cups of baking soda with half a cup of water. Mix well and then spoon mixture into silicone muffin trays. Add 3-4 drops of an essential oil of your choice into each. Allow to dry naturally for 24-48 hours until hardened. Pop them out, store in an airtight glass jar, and use as needed.
- A fast way to permeate your home with a gorgeous aroma is by making a simmer pot. Fill a saucepan with water; add some sliced lemon and your favorite herbs. Then simmer for a few hours on a low heat.
- Make a natural room spray by filling a small spray bottle with water and 10-15 drops of essential oil in your favorite scent like lavender or grapefruit. Or experiment with your own combination, blending a few drops of two or three different essential oils.
Written By: Sara Ansbacher