The fifth sense is proved to be the most important because it is directly linked with memory and plays a big role in forming an impression towards someone or something. This is why maintaining a good odor is essential both for you and your home.
We all know people whose houses smell incredible. The minute you walk in, you feel welcome and relaxed. Then we ask ourselves: “How can I achieve the same effect in my home?”.
There are various reasons why properties can have a bad odor. Continue reading to understand the causes of unpleasant smells and how to get rid of them.
1. Aerate Frequently
The easiest and fastest way to remove stale, musty air is to open the windows and let the fresh air in. To increase efficiency open them in multiple rooms to create a cross-breeze. You’ll not only freshen up the atmosphere but by ventilating often you’ll dry out the moisture in your house and prevent mold building-up.
2. Use Scented Candles and Incenses
These products are among the best weapons against unpleasant odors. They’ll freshen up the air in your home with their lovely aroma. Also, candles are a stress-reliever, can help with weight loss, and create a calming, intimate atmosphere.
However, it is important not to go overboard and drown in yourself or your guests in perfume. To achieve the perfect balance carefully select the fragrances for each area of your house and make sure they are compatible.
3. Improve Indoor Air Quality
Unpleasant smells such as cigarette smoke or mold can be extremely dangerous for your health. They are also hard to get rid of if you don’t take action on time.
Tackle contaminated air with a special air filtering device called an ozone generator. As its name suggests, it uses ozone which is quite efficient for getting rid of bad odors, bacteria, and even viruses.
The ozone unite ensures fresh indoor air and improved general well being. It’s proven to boost performance, enhance the mood and contribute to a good night’s sleep.
4. Make Your Own Diy Potpourri
It is quite easy to create a homemade potpourri. All you need are these ingredients which are easy to acquire:
- Dry flowers
- Citruses peels
- Cinnamon sticks
- Essential oils
Simply boil a pan of water and add the listed above items. The steam will carry out the fragrant aroma throughout your house. The cinnamon sticks are especially suitable for the winter holiday season.
5. Use Scent-Infused Cotton balls
One of the oldest tricks in the books to improve the smell of your home is to soak cotton balls in perfume. Infuse them in your preferred essential oil scent and place them around the house:
- In the wardrobe
- Between cushions
- Behind furniture
- In the panel of your air conditioner
6. Disinfect Your Garbage Disposal
Something reeks in the kitchen and you simply can’t pin where it comes from? Have you checked the kitchen sink? The garbage disposal is a typical culprit for bad smell.
A great idea for cleaning it is to use ice cubes made from citrus peels, white vinegar, and water. The cubes have abrasive properties and when ran through the garbage disposal will cleanse its blades and leave a fresh citrus scent after. Experts recommend deep sink low-profile units for best results and minimum maintenance.
To entirely clean the kitchen sink don’t forget to disinfect the drain. Mix together half a cup of baking soda with the same amount of white vinegar and hot water. Pour the combination down the drain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to cover it up while you wait.
White vinegar is quite efficient as it is a natural disinfectant and has antifungal properties. With this cleaning method, the kitchen sink will no longer be the cause of the foul smell.
7. Place Vanilla in Your Oven
Keeping your house fresh and clean requires commitment, but sometimes you’re in need of a quick fix. We all know the horror of unexpected guests who announced that they‘ll be over in an hour or so. And of course, by Murphy’s law, your place is a mess and smells funny.
To quickly get out of a potentially embarrassing situation, add 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla extract in a bowl and put it in your oven. Bake for a half-hour and relish on the heavenly scent spreading through your home.
8. Freshen Up Your Carpets
A great way to remove the stale air in your rooms is to sprinkle your carpet with a homemade freshener. You’ll need the following items:
- Baking soda
- Essential oils
- Spray bottle
Combine the listed ingredients and pour them in a spray bottle. Let the mixture sit for a couple of days. Don’t forget to shake the bottle before you use it. After you sprinkle the carpet leave the solution to do its magic for about 10-15 minutes and vacuum afterwards. Not only will your carpet shine again but will also emit fresh aroma in the room.
Most of these solutions are more of a quick fix and are not time-consuming. To keep your home odor fresh and fragrant in the long term you need to deal with the source of the foul smell.
In addition, the listed above methods are practical, easy to do, inexpensive and most importantly eco-friendly.