Aromas can be incredibly evocative, and the scents we choose for our homes can reveal a lot about our personalities and tastes. But if your home is smelling less than fresh, worry not – I’ve rounded up a few ways that will help to make your home smell fantastic.
1. Clean your home
In today’s fast-paced world, we often don’t have much time to set aside for cleaning – me included. However, a deep cleaning session every once in a while can make the world of difference to the way your home smells and feels, and can create a ‘blank slate’ on which you can build your chosen aromas.
For starters, try the quick cleaning tips listed in our Lazy Person’s Guide to a Tidy Home post, and then either hire a cleaner to give your home a once over, or up tools yourself (and enlist the help of friends and family, if you can!) to give everywhere a good scrubbing.
If you use homemade cleaning solutions with ingredients like fresh lavender, vanilla and citrus, then you’ll not only be getting rid of any stale smells, but also instantly infusing your home with a delicious scent.
Wendy at Moral Fibres offers a range of fantastic recipes for natural cleaning products that feature a mixture of vinegar and essential oils – cheap, cheerful, and delightfully scented!
“You can make your own homemade cleaning products quite easily and cheaply, that are as effective as any shop bought chemical cleaner, so I’ve got a host of recipes here for your kitchen and bathroom, and for doing laundry and the dishes,” says Wendy. “They’ll soon have your house sparkling!”
2. Work on your sofa
Whether you have a fabric or leather sofa, it’s important to keep it smelling great. The sofa is generally the key piece in any room, so working on making it smell nice will make a big difference to the way that your room smells overall.
You could use a leather cleaner on a leather sofa to spruce it up, or even add a couple of capfuls of your favourite fabric conditioner to a bucket of warm water and use the solution to clean the furniture. For a fabric sofa, you could use the same fabric conditioner solution, but put it in a spray bottle and create a fine mist so that your sofa doesn’t get too damp.
If your sofa features any wooden parts, polish them with a beeswax cleaning product – some are available with orange oil, which smells absolutely fabulous. Products like this can also come in handy for cleaning coffee tables and bookcases, creating a fantastic scent.
3. Make cakes and coffee
The classic scents that are said to help sell houses are baking and the scent of fresh coffee, and it’s not hard to see why these smells have become so popular. There are artificial versions of these fragrances available, but in my opinion there is nothing quite like the real thing – and baking and brewing have the added benefit of a treat for you when they’re ready, too!
4. Make your own carpet deodoriser
To make your carpets – and therefore, your whole home – smell gorgeous, all you need is a couple of ingredients and a vacuum cleaner. Add an essential oil of your choice to some baking powder, then sprinkle the solution onto your carpets and leave for ten minutes (I recommend a cup of tea while you wait). Now all that’s left is to vacuum up the powder, and your home will smell lovely.
The essential oil you choose depends entirely on your taste – I personally like lavender or vanilla, but citrus would be great for spring, and cinnamon would add a festive feel to the air at Christmas time.
5. Make your own pot pourri
Creating your own dried pot pourri means that you can choose your very favourite scents and experiment with various combinations. Try drying slices of citrus fruits or apple, add pine cones or dried leaves or flowers, and spruce up with a few drops of essential oils.
For a quicker burst of scent, make simmering pot pourri by adding cinnamon sticks, vanilla essence and orange peel – or whichever ingredients you prefer – to a saucepan and cover with water before bringing to a simmer. Your home will soon be filled with delicious aromas.
There are plenty of ways to make your home smell fantastic, and it needn’t cost the Earth or take all day. With a little ingenuity, you can create your own air fresheners at home.
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