Ever notice the different smells of each home, business, or even person has? I remember noticing all the different scents at very young age, like how remarkable the smell of new shoes are in a shoe store, or the weird smell of moth balls in my great grandmothers home, and lets not forget my favorite smell of all — doughnut shops!
So, when people walk into your home, what exactly are they smelling? I know there are many bad smells I don’t want filling up my home, such as trash, dirty laundry, pet odor or any type of bad smell, really. I’m sure these too are scents you never want guests smelling when they walk into your home. If you are looking for ways to keep those gross smells away, keep scrolling for some awesome DIYs to get your home smelling ahhhhMAZING!
I’m sure incense are nothing new to you. But I have to add them to the list for their many amazing scents and their ability to knock out odor, fast and efficiently — so having incense around is for sure a good idea. I always have a few packs of incense around to choose from and burn them daily. One of the best scents would definitely be the citronella incense scent, when burned smells like lemon pine-sol, but better. Citronella is also well known for keeping mosquito’s away, which is just another reason to have them around. Scents, such as Jasmine, Sandalwood and Lemongrass are ideal to burn when trying to relax and especially good when practicing meditation.
Never underestimate the power of vanilla. Having vanilla extract around is perfect when you’re trying to make your home smell amazing. Add 2-3 cap fulls of vanilla to an oven safe dish at 300 degrees and shortly your home will begin to be filled with the sweet smell of vanilla. Don’t want to turn on the oven? try dabbing a few drops on light bulbs, the heat will make the vanilla smell fill the room. You can add vanilla essence oil to an oil burner, or stove top to create the same heating effect — giving your home a wonderful, I just baked cookies, but not really, smell.
Toilets are the most disgusting item in our home, am I right? When it comes to stinky smells, toilets are king. So for something so gross, it requires a lot of attention to keep the bad smells down. Dab a few drops of essential oil on the inside of the toilet paper roll and get a whiff of delight each time the toilet paper gets used. Keep your toilet smelling fresh, by making your very own DIY toilet spray. Adding some scented cleaner in the bottom of the toilet brush holder will keep your brush more clean and while giving the bathroom a great smell.
Get Rid Of Your Stinky Sink
Sinks can sometimes give off a very bad odor, leaving your well cleaned kitchen smelling filthy — yuck. Grind leftover citrus rinds in your garbage disposal to give off a fresher smell. Give your sink a nice refreshing clean by pouring one cup of bicarbonate of soda into the drain, then follow with two cups of vinegar. Let bubble for five minutes, then flush repeatedly with boiling hot water. Hate the after cooking smells that sometimes linger in your kitchen into the morning hours? just place a bowl of bicarbonate on your kitchen counter overnight to get rid of any bad smells.
Smelly Carpets & Upholstery
If you have a stinky pet urine stain on your carpet or upholstery, try mixing a quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a quarter-cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid soap in a plastic spray bottle. Spray the solution directly onto affected areas and allow to sit for 24 hours before blotting excess liquid. Allow to air dry. Get yucky smells out of your car or living room carpet by sprinkling with baking soda. Leave the liberally placed baking soda in place for several hours, then vacuum. Sprinkle cinnamon on carpets before vacuuming to make your vacuum and carpet smell amazing for weeks. When you need a fast solution to a smelly couch, this DIY natural fabric spray is made by combining 1 tbsp. of baking soda, 10 drops of essential oil (covered by Veranda Interiors) in a bowl and mixing well. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Pour distilled water on top and shake well before each use.
When the weather is good, open up your windows allowing fresh, clean air to come and fill your home.