How does your home smell like? It’s not often we question ourselves and how we take care of our homes. We often don’t think about how our homes smell until a guest is coming, and we suddenly realized there’s a stink in the air. We try to cover that up with air freshener, but you know that will not last. Sooner or later, that stinky smell will come creeping back. But the question here is, why does your house stink in the first place? Why didn’t you make sure that your house smells like the insides of a spa?
Sure, we don’t always have time to clean every nook and cranny of the house. That’s probably where the bad odor is coming from. There might be a dead rat under the kitchen sink or the oven. Have you checked? The thing is, with so many things happening in your house, it’s hard to pinpoint where exactly an odor is coming from. That’s why you have to keep it clean and neat. Do you know that your dirty clothes hamper can also emit a bad odor? The combination of sweaty socks and dirty clothes is not the nicest mix.
Throw Open the Windows and Doors
If it is possible (meaning, it’s not 90 degrees outside), throw open the doors and windows. Letting the fresh air in will remove the odor from your home. Also, it will bring that fresh scent of the air and the plants in the garden. Of course, that is not always the case especially for those living in urban areas. Throwing open the doors and windows means letting air pollution in. This is more of a suggestion rather than a rule.
Be Strict with the Rules
What are the rules in the house? First thing’s first. You should not allow anyone to eat inside their bedrooms. Not only is it unhygienic, but it also attracts rodents and cockroaches. Second, don’t let anyone smoke a cigarette inside the house (yes, even in the bathroom). Not only is it a fire hazard, but it also produces the smell of nicotine that not everyone is fond of. News flash, non-smokers don’t like the smell of cigarettes.
Invest in Devices
You can’t always rely on the goodness of the household members to clean after themselves and follow the non-smoking rules. You can rely, however, on a home odor eliminator. Basically, this device will remove the air particles that cause the smell. Some devices will also generate and release O3 or ozone to “attack” odor-causing substances at their source. These are effective in permanently removing odors.
Another thing that you can purchase is an essential oil diffuser. The diffuser will create a fine mist that carries the scent throughout the house. You can choose among many scents—lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, rose, etc. You can even mix and match the scents to create a “theme.”
Use Fabric Sprays
Do you know that the fabric in your sofa can emit bad odors? Sweat clings to the fabric and creates a stinky odor that can be smelled throughout the house. The best way to remove this smell is by cleaning the cover of the sofa, though this is not always practical because of how difficult it is. The easiest thing to do in the meantime is to use fabric sprays. While there are plenty of mixes that you can buy, you can also make your own—just mix water with your favorite essential oils and spray it on the fabric (sofa, comforter, bed sheets, carpets, and others).
Put Indoor Plants Around the House
Houseplants are not just great for the eyes. They are also natural deodorizers and air purifiers. The best plants for this function are palm trees, peace lilies, and orchids. These are generally easy to maintain, so you are not even putting too much effort into making sure your home smells great. And if this is not clear enough: they make your home look like something you only see in magazines.
Burn Those Scented Candles
Scented candles may look cute on your coffee table, but they’re also great at deodorizing the whole room. Plenty of homeowners don’t even light those candles, which makes you question the practicality of buying such expensive candles. Light them on and smell the difference in the room. Just make sure you’re not going to let it burn through the night.
If you notice a funky smell in your house, don’t let a day pass by without finding out where it is coming from. The best way to turn your house into a haven is for it to smell like a spa. Whether it is by using essential oils or scented candles or indoor plants, these helpful tips will surely help you relax after a long day in the office.