Fresh Home

Between kids, pets, and every day activities, you may find yourself constantly using an unnatural and toxic aerosol spray to cover up nasty smells. This method only masks scents short term and isn’t the best option for the environment. By using things you may already have around your house like lemons, essential oils, coffee and more, you can learn how to make you house smell good naturally. Follow our 10-step guide so you will always come home to inviting and fresh scents. 

1. Citrus Refrigerator Odor Absorber

Citrus Fridge Freshener

You may have heard from various cleaning sites and commercials that to get odors out of your refrigerator, simply place an open box of baking soda in the back, but our tip will have your fridge smelling fresher at a lower cost. All you need to do is cut an orange in half and remove the orange sections and pulp, leaving its skin intact. Once half of the orange is empty, fill it up halfway with salt, and then place it in a bowl and into the back of your fridge. The salt will absorb unpleasant smells while the orange shell constantly infuses the entire space with a nice, citrus scent. (via Homedit)

2. Garbage Disposal Cleaning Cubes

Garbage Disposal Cleaning Cubes

Is your garbage disposal giving off unwanted smells from last night’s dinner? The best way to get rid of this is to use the cleaning quality of lemons. Instead of just placing lemons down the disposal, you can get an even better clean by making garbage disposal cleaning cubes. Chop up the peels from three lemons into small pieces and place them evenly in an ice cube tray. Then, pour 1-1/2 cups of distilled white vinegar evenly into the tray and freeze. After they are done freezing, store them in a large plastic freezer bag in the freezer. Now, each time your garbage disposal starts to get smelly, you can place one cube down for a fresh, lemony scent as the distilled white vinegar eliminates tough odors. (via Homedit)

3. Coffee

Coffee Beans

Coffee is a natural olfactory (nose) palate cleanser, meaning if you smell it, lingering smells in your nose will disappear. So, instead of just walking around with a bag of coffee beans to cleanse your own palate, invest in coffee candles to have everyone in your house smelling fresh scents. Even just grinding your own coffee beans will do the trick (and will give you a better tasting coffee) to have your home smelling clean and energized.

4. Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in a variety of DIY hacks to make your house smell better naturally. If you’re constantly fluffing up your pillows trying to get that stale smell out of them, dip a cotton ball in lavender or chamomile essential oil and place it inside of your pillow case. This will give you a fresh fragrance while helping you fall asleep better. Oils can also freshen up your bathroom. Take a cotton swab and dip each end in the essential oil of your choice. Tape it inside of your toilet paper roll or behind the toilet bowl so the toilet area will give out pleasant scents 24/7. If you need to quickly spray a room to freshen it up, instead of reaching for those unnatural spray cans, fill a small spray bottle with four ounces of water and 10-15 drops of any essential oil you prefer. Scents like lavender, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit are highly known to freshen up rooms and naturally eliminate odors. (via One Good Thing By Jillee)

5. Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is perfect for cleaning the shower and removing soap scum and lime scale. It smells way better than the harsh chemicals you probably use to soap up your bathroom and the acidic properties from the juice can naturally break down grime for an easy clean. Lemon juice can even clean your toilet if you combine with baking soda.

6. DIY Reed Diffuser

DIY Reed Diffuser

Diffusers are the perfect alternative to candles because they don’t have the potential to cause harm and can release great scents all the time. To make this simple diffuser, grab a small glass vase and use an entire small bottle of an essential oil of your choice to fill the vase. Fill the remainder with baby oil and then place either bamboo skewers or rattan diffusing sticks into the mixture to release a lovely scent in any room of the house. (via Sugar and Cloth)

7. Scented Wax Bars

Scented Wax Bars

These great smelling wax bars are perfect to place in dresser drawers to keep linens or socks constantly smelling fresh. If you make holes in them, you can hang the bars in your closet to have your clothes smell nice or hang them in the bathroom to release scents with the steam of the shower. When making your own, you can pick out whichever scent of essential oil that best suits you to have your house smelling great. (via eHow)

8. Herb Sachets

Herb Sachets

An alternative to making scented wax bars is to make herb sachets, which is a fun and simple activity to do with your kids or friends. This super easy tip is also perfect for sock drawers and for freshening up your closet, but they can’t release scents in the steam like wax bars can. To make an herb sachet, fill small cotton bags with your favorite dried herbs, flowers and spices. That’s it! Just place them wherever you need freshening up in your house and they will release good scents all day long.

9. Boil Cinnamon

Boiling Cinnamon

If you have company coming over soon, don’t panic trying to spray every room in your house with an artificial freshener. All you need to do to avoid harmful additives and expensive prices is add a couple of cinnamon sticks or sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon into a saucepan full of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes until the smell has diffused throughout your home. If you have rooms far from your kitchen, carefully carry the saucepan into each room so the smell can evaporate into your entire house.

10. Beeswax Candles

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles can give your rooms a lovely summer scent while actually purifying the air in your house. Beeswax gives off negative ions when burned, which neutralizes bad ions such as allergens, dust, and airborne toxins. You can even make your own by using glass jars, beeswax, wicks, a baking sheet, and an oven! Not only will these candles have your areas smelling great but they will also help eliminate pesky germs.

No one likes to live in or visit a smelly house. By trying out these 10 tips to make your house smell good naturally, you can cut down on cleaning product expenses while purifying your air to create a nice and fresh space. These tips can be used all year round so you never have to go a day without your house smelling the best it can.


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