Scents And Sensibility: 10 Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Sweet

Last updated on October 17th, 2023

Sure, you can light a few scented candles or spray some air freshener in your home when the stale odor gets too much to bear. However, much like applying a cake of foundation to acne, it is merely cosmetic, and deep cleaning is necessary for freshness to permeate your home.

Yes, the aromatic candles do their bit. But before you light them, start from scratch to get your house smelling like a spa! So, what do you do? We will walk you through the process.

1. Vacuum Your Upholstery

Your living room upholstery sees more traffic than any other place in the house. This anchor takes the brunt of food stains, dirty feet, and sweat without complaint. The result? An off-putting combination of smells that can get embarrassing when you have company.

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2. Open Those Windows!

Air conditioning is a balm on hot and humid days. But the stale air circulating in the room gives off a nauseous odor over time.

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  • Give your home a good airing by opening all the windows every morning. You can close them after a few hours when you want to switch on the AC or keep the pests at bay.

3. An Air Purifier Will Do the Trick Too

Air purifiers are not only for people with allergies. The clean air will keep the sniffles at bay too.

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  • Air purifiers with HEPA-grade filters are ideal, as they tackle even tiny particles.

4. Dealing with the Trash Odor

Garbage disposal takes time. And in the meantime, your poor nostrils have to deal with offensive smells.

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  • Before you use the garbage bag, sprinkle some baking soda in it. It will absorb the bad odor. However, avoid letting it accumulate.

5. Don’t Let the Dirty Dishes Pile Up

Dirty dishes are not only unsightly, but the putrid food lets off a very bad odor too. Food splatter on the backsplash and the countertop contributes to the smell too.

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  • Don’t let the dirty dishes pile up. If you are doing them yourself, the trick is to keep washing them as you go along, rather than face a mountain of dirty dishes.

6. Invest in a De-humidifier

If the humidity levels in your home are high, the chances of mold, bacteria, and musty smells increase tenfold. The presence of mold and dampness can negatively impact your health, leading to allergies and breathing issues.

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  • Invest in a dehumidifier for your home. While these machines don’t come cheap, they are worth it as they keep the air dry and your breathing easier.

7. Let Your Simmer Pot Take Charge!

The scent of rosemary or oranges permeating the home can do wonders for bad odor. You can try lemon and vanilla too.

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  • To get the most out of your fruit, make sure you peel and slice it first. Toss your fruits in a pot of boiling water and simmer on a low flame. Enjoy!

8. Plants for a Breath of Fresh Air

Plants are known to purify the air by absorbing carbon dioxide, making them a must-have for your home.

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9. Essential Oils for Relaxation

Essential oils such as lavender are relaxing and induce sleep. A dab on your skin with carrier oil will work wonders as the scent follows you around.

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  • Light a lamp with your favorite oil for a spa-like feel.

10. A Spray of Eucalyptus Leaves

Eucalyptus leaves purify the air, and the heady scent also keeps mosquitoes and other bugs at bay.

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  • Change the spray regularly for better ambiance and effectiveness.

  • Herbs such as mint can work their magic too.

Winding Up

At the end of the day, it’s all about your habits. And if you are finicky like we are, these solutions are right up your alley. For more information on clean living and odor, check out our blogs on