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5 ways to make your home smell nicer

27th July 2015

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!”

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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.

Conclusion

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.

Have fun!

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A Birthday Trip to London!

7th January 2015

 

London TripI turned 27 a few weeks ago and my mum planned a lovely surprise weekend in London to celebrate! I had no idea what we were doing until a few days before so I was pretty overwhelmed and excited when I finally found out all the amazing things she’d planned for us to do!

Our first stop was to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which I’ve been desperate to go to for months now. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (obviously, who isn’t?!) and it was fantastic, even better than I’d imagined. I’ll be reviewing the tour in full over on my book blog, if anyone’s interested!

After that we headed into London and made our way to Portobello Road (via a taxi, where the driver kept telling us how many women get raped by taxi drivers in London…unnerving, to say the least! Seriously, wtf?!) to the Electric Cinema. It’s absolutely stunning in there and you can choose between a leather armchair, sofa or bed – we opted for armchairs and, man, are they comfortable! Each comes with a side table, lamp, foot rest and cashmere blanket to keep you warm during the film. We saw the last Hobbit movie and it was fantastic – even better because of our amazing surroundings! After that we popped into the Electric Diner (just next door) for a hefty burger and chips, then headed back to our hotel in Notting Hill.

 

Electric Cinema

Enjoying a butterbeer in the snow // the Electric Diner // the Electric Cinema

The next morning we made our way to Hyde Park to visit Winter Wonderland. I’d never been and as my birthday’s the week before Christmas we thought it’d be the perfect way to get into the festivities! It was great to wander around Winter Wonderland before it got busy and I warmed myself up with an amazing mulled cider. We also hit the Magical Ice Kingdom, which is filled with incredible ice sculptures!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Next up was a quick stop off at Trafalgar Square to ogle the huuuuge Christmas tree and pop into the National Gallery. My favourite painting, Whistlejacket, is inside, so we had a quick look at that and a few other amazing works of art – it’s one of my favourite galleries in the world and I don’t get to visit too often so it was hard to tear myself away!National Gallery

Our last stop was to the Ice Bar, where we were cloaked in huge capes and sipped on fruity cocktails in glasses made of ice! Each group only gets forty minutes in the bar, due to the freeeeezing temperatures but it’s great fun and my mojito was surprisingly good! After that there was nothing left to do but jump onto the train, head home and catch up on some much needed sleep.

Ice Bar London

A huge thanks to my amazing mum for planning such a fantastic weekend for us! It was a great way to celebrate both my birthday and Christmas and lovely to spend a bit of girly time together.

Let me know in the comments, what are your favourite things to do in London?