There is nothing better than walking into a fresh, clean home that smells amazing and nothing worse than walking in to one that doesn’t. I have had a super sensitive nose since I was a kid so it always sticks with me when I go to someone’s house that smells funky. So, I want to make my home smell good and inviting to guests at all times. That’s why I love these tips & tricks that make it easy to make sure your home smells good every time someone shows up unexpectedly.
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1. Make Your Home Smell Like Cookies & Pie
I heard once that when you are selling a house you should bake cookies before the Open House to make the home smell cozy and make people want to buy it. The downside of that hack is that you would constantly have sweets lying around the house, which is tough to resist when trying to eat healthily. So, check out this solution that is even better because it makes your home smell good without harming your waist line. (via Jennifer Rizzo)
2. Put a Febreeze Car Deodorant on Your Vents
This hack to make your home smell good is even more effective than room spray or a plug-in because it uses the air vent to circulate the good smell. Whenever I see these fresheners though, I always tell people who have pets to read the directions carefully because they made my childhood pets very sick one time because there wasn’t enough air circulation in the room they were in. (via Pinterest)
3. DIY Home Fragrance (Williams Sonoma copycat)
This post has multiple stove top fragrance recipes so there’s an idea for every season or mood. Plus, a bonus tip for this hack is to keep it simmering in a crockpot so you don’t have to worry about an open flame or hot stove for an extended period. (via My Frugal Adventures)
4. Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas
Christmas has to be the season that is most tied to smells for me. The smells of cookies, Christmas trees, and gingerbread houses make me smile just thinking about them. In fact, one of the most terrifying thoughts to me about getting an artificial tree was not having that fresh evergreen smell! So, I would love having those Christmas smells flowing through my house all day long and you can with this simmering stovetop porporri recipe. (via Half Baked Harvest)
5. Homemade Air Freshener for Fabric and Rooms
We foster puppies and kittens so, as you might guess, that can often put us in some pretty bad smell predicaments. And, at the same time, it makes me very careful about what I use in the house because I want them to be natural and non-toxic for our health and the health of our animals. So, I was thrilled to come across this fantastic homemade ALL NATURAL air freshener recipe that is so easy and cheap to make – love it! (via BrenDid)
6. Nature’s Miracle Spray for Pets
For all those pet lovers out there, this is a must-have product that I highly recommend! As I mentioned above, we foster puppies who are often too young to be fully house trained. So, accidents happen. Whenever they do, this is the product I reach for! It is natural and non-toxic, smells great and has enzymes to get rid of the odor for good. You can buy it on Amazon.
7. Natural Recipes to Make Your Home Smell Amazing
I love watching videos of these natural recipes to make your home smell amazing because I tend to remember them even more! I especially love the garbage disposal odor hack in this video since that is often the culprit in our house.
8. Put Tea Bags in Stinky Spots
Sometimes the key to making your home smell good is to not mask the smell, but get rid of the source of the problem. That’s why I love this natural hack to put tea bags in smelly spots like shoes or gym bags to absorb any foul odors. (via The Mama’s Girls)
9. DIY Room Air Freshener
I love this simple homemade hack to make all natural air fresheners because, like I mentioned earlier, the artificial ones made my childhood pets very sick which got me to thinking what they may be doing to my own health. If you don’t have a breathable fabric on hand, you can also use cheesecloth, gauze, or a piece of thicker paper with holes poked in it. Pick up some of these cute mini mason jars and make some to put all around your house! (via View from the Fridge)
10. Essential Oils Toilet Paper Hack
This is a genius idea! Take your favorite essential oil scent and put a few drops inside on the cardboard toilet paper roll. Then, put it back and every time someone goes to use it, the spinning motion will emit the amazing scent. (via Clorox)
11. Natural Homemade Poo-Pourri
When I first heard about Poo-Pourri, I thought it was absolutely genius and had to try it! Before the time comes, simply spray this brilliant spray over the toilet water and it will create an odor barrier to trap any nasty smells. Check out this cheap & easy way to make your own at home in a cute mister bottle, or if you prefer, you can buy the original version here. (via One Good Thing by Jillee)
12. DIY Carpet Deodorizer
Carpets absorb smells very easily whether good or bad. So, it is a great habit to periodically deodorize your carpets using this all natural recipe that will leave them smelling amazing. Don’t be surprised if your neighbors or friends ask what your secret is. (via Don’t Waste the Crumbs)
13. DIY Homemade Diffuser (Only 3 Ingredients!)
14. Secret to Fresh Smelling Towels
I still remember one time I was staying at someone’s house and I went to grab my towel after a shower and it just smelled awful. I had to use it, but it just made me feel unclean even after just showering! So, if your towels are getting a little old or musty smelling, try out this natural hack to immediately get rid of it and leave them smelling fresh. (via Living Chic Mom)
15. Toilet Brush Holder Scent Hack
I love this hack to help make your bathroom smell clean and fresh, but I would probably opt for an all natural solution instead of Pine Sol to make sure it is safe for our family and pets. You can easily swap it for a much healthier and non-toxic homemade version of Pine Sol that you can get the recipe for here. (via Smart School House)
16. Essential Oils Air Filter Hack
Next time you change the air filters in your home, add this super quick step with a huge payoff! By adding a few drops of essential oils on to your air filter, you create a chemical free air freshener that can reach the whole house! (via Kid’s Activities Blog)
17. DIY Scented Sachets for Your Drawers
This would make a very fun and easy sewing project to do with your daughter when teaching her how to sew. Plus, it is very practical since you will definitely use these scented sachets afterwards. (via Martha Stewart)
…or a quick no-sew version:
I’m not much of a seamstress, so this hack is more up my ally and very easy to quickly throw together in just a few minutes. Pick up cheap sachets like these here and you probably have all the other supplies you need! Don’t have these supplies? I’ve still got an idea for you! A super quick and easy hack is to stick an extra bar of soap in your drawers. (via One Good Thing by Jillee)
Since so many of these amazing tricks to make your home smell good hacks use essential oils, I thought it would be great to include this quick cheat sheet that has some great recommendations of scent combinations that you’ll love! It is so fun to mix things up and experiment with different scents and soon you’ll be making your own. (via Clean Mama)
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Which of these tricks to make your home smell good are you excited to try?