Secrets To A Fresh Smelling Home!


| LAST UPDATE 08/03/2022

By Peral Simons
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Whether we own an entire house or just a dorm room, we all take pride in its appearance, wanting guests to have a pleasurable experience upon entering. One major factor that can compromise this is an unpleasant welcoming scent, throwing people off the minute they step through the door. Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and tricks to ensure a wonderful aroma in minutes. Here are some of the best ones out there...

Before we tackle how to make your space smell irresistibly good, we'll deal with the basics - i.e., how to ensure it doesn't smell actively bad. While we all know that garbage cans and pet beds can let off bad smells, there's another more unknown culprit: an excess of moisture in the room or home significantly contributes to an unpleasant odor. Hygrometers can be a great way to monitor humidity levels in a room. A dehumidifier can bring down those readings above 60%. If the general climate runs humid, avoid rugs and carpeting as they can trap moisture in the room. Towels and sponges can also act as micro sources of water. 

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Bad smells still persisting? It's time to get out the baking soda. Food blogger Vered DeLeeuw revealed that she scatters a few bowls of baking soda around her house to help absorb and not just mask any bad smells in her home. Just make sure to replace it every two weeks! Odor neutralizer products are also an option if you're looking for a 'nothing smell.' Activated charcoal filters come in little bags that can be easily placed around the house. They'll help to ensure there's no good or bad smell.

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Now for the fun stuff: how can we cultivate a beautiful smell that ensures our guests want to stick around for hours? Chef Carla Contreras's trick is to take squeezed lemons and place them in a big pot. She fills it up with water and simmers on the stove for hours. Another idea is to take a few coffee beans and place them in the oven at 400 degrees for around eight minutes. Leave the oven door open after for the perfect coffee house smell. On that note, a few drops of vanilla extract in a dish baked in the oven for 30 minutes is one way to smell like a bakery! It's all down to personal preference!

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