The Top 5 Natural Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

by | Oct 16, 2020 | General

 

Fresh fragrances and a breath of relief from a long day outside are some of the things that make a home. That’s why it’s so easy to fall in love with the air freshener aisle at the store. Clean Linen, Meadows and Rain, and Lavender Vanilla, to name a few, make these store-bought fresheners sound like heaven on Earth.

Sadly, after just a few uses, you’ll find that these scents fail to live up to their names. The “best home fragrance products” you find in commercials aren’t as spectacular as they are on TV. Aside from the strong and artificial smell, commercial sprays and mists are full of harmful chemicals. But when the kitchen starts to reek of fish or the bathroom is far from the smell of roses, what are we to do?

Thankfully, we’ve come up with a list of natural air fresheners you can make right at home! Here are the 5 Best Natural Ways to Make Your House Smell Good:

1. Make Your Own Mist

Spray your worries away with this natural homemade mist! What we love about this air freshener is it neutralises bad odours rather than just masking them. It’s easy to make and customisable with different spices and smells that you love.

Make your own mist to spray in your home and make it smell amazing.

What You Need:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • Essential Oils
  • Spices or Other Ingredients For Smell

Start by stirring the baking soda into the water until it dissolves. You can add ingredients straight into the water in a spray bottle – there’s no need to process them into a liquid form. There are limitless possibilities for sprays that smell wonderful and each combination will bring a different ambience to your home.

Scents You Might Love:

Why not try cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods and bay leaves? Or nutmeg, ginger and cloves?

Get creative with some essential oils to find your ideal combinations. Tea tree and lavender are perfect if you’re looking for a clean, sweet smell, or citrus concoctions are ideal when you want an uplifting and energising effect.

Experimenting with herbs that make your house smell good is one of our most recommended options!

2. Simmer Some Spice

Perfect for the winter months, simmering up some delicious spices can sweeten the air at home. If you’re looking for a warm and homely scent, this might be the perfect air freshener for you!

Simmer spices of your choice to make your home smell like your favourite natural scents.

What You Need:

  • Quart of Water
  • Lemon, Lime, Vanilla, Spices and other Natural Ingredients
  • Saucepan

In the saucepan, simmer the water with your choice of natural ingredients. Have some experimenting with different ingredients to invent your own recipe. Raiding your spice rack can yield interesting results!

Scents You Might Love:

Those craving delicious baked treats can replicate their enticing aroma with sliced orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Need something special for the Holidays? Just add cloves and cinnamon to a saucepan of apple juice and warm up on low heat. This apple juice recipe not only creates a sweet, festive aroma that fills your home, straining the warm apple juice and pouring it into a mug will provide you with a comforting holiday drink.

3. Make Your Own Reed Diffuser

Looking for an air-freshener that’s low maintenance and works 24 hours a day? With just a little bit more effort to make, this DIY reed diffuser can uplift your home with a scent of your choice for weeks to come! It’s no wonder why reed diffusers are considered to be one of the best home fragrance products.

Save money and be green by making your own reed diffusers.

What You Need:

  • 1 Wide-Necked Non-Plastic Bottle (tip from the experts: try reusing household items such as drink bottles, vases, or drinking glasses for an up-cycled feel!)
  • 8-15 Diffuser Weeds or Bamboo Skewers
  • Water
  • Alcohol (Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol) or Carrier Oil
  • Essential Oils

Use the bottle as the base of your diffuser to hold the reeds in place. Make the diffuser base by either mixing water with alcohol or simply using carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, or coconut. Add the essential oils to create a fragrance that you want. Combine it with your base until you’re happy with the scent created.

Pour your mix into the jar to about three-quarters full. Add your reeds and allow them to sit for at least an hour. Flip the reeds over and you’re finished! Make sure the reeds are long enough to stand several inches taller than the base for best results.

Scents You Might Love:

Experimenting with small amounts of essential oil in different combinations is the best way to find what works best for you. Our favourite fragrances include herbal blends for the kitchen such as 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of rosemary. If you’re wondering how to make your room smell good, cosy cinnamon and vanilla is the way to go. Citrusy notes made with 3 drops each of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime does wonders for the bathroom!

4. Use An Oil Burner

Bring more character to your home by trying out this homemade oil burner. Aside from filling your home with your favourite fragrances, it helps build a sense of calmness and relaxation using the principles of aromatherapy.

Aside from filling your home with your favourite fragrances, an oil burner helps build a sense of calmness and relaxation using the principles of aromatherapy.

What You Need:

  • 1 Candle
  • Water
  • Essential Oils
  • Tin or Soda Can
  • Metal Cutter
  • Small Ceramic Bowl

Essentially, an oil burner uses a candle placed below a pool of water with added essential oils. Using the metal cutter, cut out an opening in the side of the can so you can place the candle inside. Above it, place the bowl. Mix the water and essential oils on top and you’re done!

Scents You Might Love:

For stress-busting, try lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint.
Lemongrass, orange, frankincense, ginger and rosemary are known for their energising powers. A blend of jasmine, bergamot, basil and geranium can help combat depression.

5. Treat The Cause

To make sure you get rid of those stubborn odours once and for all, you need to get right down to the roots of the problem. Treating the cause is the secret on how to keep your house smelling good all the time. The answer is simple: bicarb soda.

Baking soda is one of our greatest allies to neutralise odours without the use of chemicals.

Bicarb soda is one of our greatest allies to neutralise odours without the use of chemicals. In the list of natural ways to make your house smell good, it ranks as one of the top ingredients.

Sprinkle at the bottom of trash can liners to help keep your kitchen smelling fresh for as long as possible. To get rid of carpet odours, sprinkle over the carpet the night before vacuuming. It also neutralises the smells of ashtrays and kitty litter. Bicarb soda’s ability to absorb moisture also makes it a good option to counteract odorous spills. It is definitely the cheapest way to make house smell good.

To keep the rest of your home as fresh as it smells, give your local cleaners a call and we’ll be there in a flash to tidy everything up!

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Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.

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Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.

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