If you are like me, you want the house to smell delicious year round. Cooking creates odors you may not want, closets-while undeniably convenient, can create smells, and stored items can muster up unpleasant odors as well. The following five tips are sure to help guide you in finding the best ways to ensure your home smells pleasant.
One: The first tip is to purchase a scented sheet for your air filter. We use it with our furnace filter and it instantly creates a very pleasing smell all throughout the home (even in the basement) and it lasts for up to a month. They sell these very inexpensively (under five dollars a sheet) and they come in a variety of scents. You can choose from a floral scent, to a pine scent, to a cinnamon scent, and more. Simply slide it in with your air filter and instantly your home begins to, and continues to smell divine. One word of warning, be careful to choose a scent you like. If you choose one you think you may like, and it turns out you do not, you are undoubtedly going to be disappointed because your whole house (or at least wherever heating vents are being used) is going to carry the smell. This is a great tip for those hard to scent rooms, such as those that exist in the finished basement.
Two: Use your dryer sheets in a variety of ways to freshen up enclosed spaces. Take a dryer sheet and place it under a hanger in your closet to keep clothes fresh and the smaller spaces smelling good. Slip one in a zippered pillow cover case on the couch, or in the bed pillows. Put one under your bed or on the top rack where your curtains hang. Just be sure if you are putting one underneath something (such as a dresser or bed) that you remember to pick it up before you vacuum! It is a simple tip that takes next to zero amount of time to do, and it works great.
Three: Boil real cinnamon sticks in a small amount of water on the stove. The smell lingers for quite some time and it smells just like you have created some really good wintery treats. Or you can create your own stove-top potpourri by boiling a good variety of things that smell good. Simply take a pan, fill it with three-quarters full of water, and allow to boil. Throw in items you want the house to smell like, such as cinnamon, vanilla beans, citrus, or dried fruits and turn down the heat to simmer. Leave the lid off. The smell will linger in your home for hours. Just be sure to check regularly to make sure there is enough water in the pan to keep the items you are simmering from scorching.
Four: Purchase an odor absorbing gel. Make sure you get the kind that absorbs odors, not one that just covers them. You can get a variety of scents. These work really great in the bathroom. Just make sure to keep these out of reach of children or pets.
Five: Purchase a ready-made heated oil stick set up. These sticks take fragranced oil that comes in a huge array of scents to choose from. They go into a heated oil bin and permeate the area they are sitting in with a delicious smell. This tip is good for a smaller area, such as a bathroom or bedroom. Again, be careful when placing these around children. Keep them well out of arm’s length to avoid spillage or ingestion.
When your home smells good, you feel good. These five tips are sure to help you find a way to scent your home that is pleasing for you, and for your family and guests.