Did you know that almost 80% of U.S. homeowners use scents in their homes? It can help you feel relaxed or cozy and can help drive bad odors away. If there is a bad odor in your home, it’s smart to track it down. Keep in mind the more you clutter have in your home, the harder it gets to track the thing that may be making things smell in the first place. Once you find it though, use these nine amazing tips on how to make your house smell good.
1. Create Customizable Scents
Simmer pots are easy to create and even easier to customize.
Simmer water on your stove with citrus slices and whatever herbs you have on hand, like lavender or mint. The heat will spread the aroma throughout your house and have things feeling cozy in no time.
2. Buy House Plants
Plants are natural air purifiers. Small houseplants are not only great for removing odors, but also an element of life and color to any room!
If you’re not great with plants, you could also buy an air purifier. Both provide not only a fresher scent to your home without scents, but also clean the air you’re living with.
3. Make Your Own Air Freshener Gel
That’s right, a gel! It won’t spill, even if it’s tipped over—meaning it can be placed safely anywhere in your home.
(Note: This recipe has essential oil in it, and certain types can be dangerous for pets. Be careful when placing it in areas they can access it if you’re using an oil that’s dangerous for them.)
This recipe uses 1-2 tablespoons of essential oil, two tablespoons salt, four packets of plain, unflavored gelatin, water, empty glass jars (with lids), and food coloring if you want to color your air fresheners.
Bring 1 1/2 cups of the water with the salt to a boil, stirring until dissolved. Stir in the gelatin, remove from heat, stir in essential oils, add food coloring if desired.
Once everything comes together, pour the mixture into the jars and allow them to sit—undisturbed and uncovered—overnight, or until they’re set.
Once done, place lids on top and poke five to six holes in each you want to use immediately. You’ll know they’re not good anymore once the mixture dries.
4. Refresh Carpets and Rugs
You can buy carpet freshener powders at the store, or you can make your version. All it takes is baking soda. If you’d like a scent, add cinnamon or essential oil and shake it together in a jar.
How much you’ll need depends on how big your rugs are, or whether you’re using it in every carpeted room of your home.
Spread the mixture throughout the area and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Vacuum it up and the room will smell good as new!
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda absorbs scent and can be used on more than your carpets.
It can be placed near litter boxes or garbage cans. Open the box and put it at the back of your refrigerator for a refresh.
Instead of candles in bathrooms, pour baking soda into a decorative jar or glass with a few drops of essential oil. Place it on the counter and your bathroom will always smell clean.
If you do use baking soda as a continuous stench stopper in your home, it should be replaced every 30 days.
6. Homemade Furniture Spray
Yet another baking soda recipe, this one is to replace those harmful deodorizing sprays that are often used to deodorize furniture. If you enjoy the scent and don’t have pets then they’re not as harmful, but this is a chemical-free alternative.
Simply take one tablespoon of baking soda, two to three drops of essential oil, distilled water, and an eight to twelve-ounce spray bottle.
Mix the baking soda and essential oil and add it to the spray bottle. Fill with water and shake well to dissolve. It’s that simple!
The amount of essential oil in this recipe is not enough to harm your furry friend’s lungs.
7. Diffuse Oils
There are two options here.
An essential oil diffuser is a common way to spread scents throughout your home without making things too overwhelming.
Reed diffusers are often sold with their own scent, but it’s easy enough
8. Use the Vents
This is another cheap alternative to wall plug-ins or sprays.
Place dryer sheets or car air fresheners between the metal bars in your air vents to keep a constant scent wafting through your home. You’ll have guests wondering what your secret is!
9. Make Herb Sachets
This is a great idea for any small leftover jewelry bags you may have hanging around in drawers. If you don’t have any, folding a toilet paper tube on both ends does the trick too. Making bags is also an option.
You can use fresh or dried herbs here. Aromatic flower petals also work well.
Just place whatever ingredients you wish to use in the bag and place them wherever you’d like. Drawers, counters, hanging above doors, even behind books on a shelf! They’re small and work well in any space.
Benefits of DIY Tips on How to Make Your House Smell Good
Making scents yourself is a fun at-home project. You know exactly what’s going into each scent, and you can control how strong or mild it is. They’re perfect for when you run out of air freshener, or just don’t feel like going to the store.
They’re also safe alternatives that are a bit milder on your pet’s lungs. Something they’re sure to appreciate.