Your sense of smell is the most powerful sense you have, but one of those that gets forgotten so easily. As such I thought I would spend a little time with you today to give you some ideas that I love that help to create a home that smells amazing at all times.
This isn’t just for your and the others living in your home, but also for any guests or visitors you may have dropping by. Your home will be inviting for anyone who is in there – perfect!
There is absolutely nothing worse than a bad smell in your home – whatever that smell may be. So I wanted to give you some top tips today on how to make your home as clean and fresh smelling as possible, from now on!
YOUR SENSE OF SMELL IS THE STRONGEST OF ALL THE SENSES.
Have you ever smelt something and instantly been taken back to a memory? I am like that with freshly mowed grass, mint sauce and Christmas trees to name but a few.
So it stands to reason that if you take the time to get your home clean and tidy, you should also make it smell the way you want it to. This will help your home feel like a much nicer place for you to spend your time.
How your home smells can truly have an affect on how you (and others) feel in it.
The products and people in a home make a truly unique smell, and in your own home you will barely even notice it – but it’s there, it’s what makes you feel truly at home in the space.
I could often be blindfolded and led to a home that I visit a lot (family and close friends) and just by using my sense of smell I could tell where I was. That’s powerful stuff!
THE TRICK IS TO MAKE YOUR HOME SMELL HOW YOU WANT IT….
Think about all these smells and I bet you get a physical reaction: –
- Fresh air on a spring/summer day
- Freshly brewed coffee
- Freshly washed laundry
and then think of these: –
- Stale air as no windows have been opened for a while
- Food smells from last nights dinner
- Dirt / grease smells from uncleaned items in the house
I know which set of smells I’d prefer in my own home, and I will hazard a guess that you will pick the same group!
See how smell can truly affect how you feel in your home?
If you can tackle how your home smells on a daily basis, then you will always be sure of coming home after a day at work, or welcoming visitors, knowing that your home smells inviting, and not off-putting.
So, let’s get started shall we…
TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR HOME SMELL GREAT
#1 – CANDLES
One of my favourite and the best way I know to fragrance a room is by using candles**.
Whether they are lit or not, the right candles will give off a soft fragrance that lasts. The other great thing is that you can pick different fragrances depending on the mood you want to create.
For example – citrus works well in a kitchen, lavender is relaxing and works well in a bedroom or bathroom, while more opulent fragrances add cosiness and warmth to a living room.
#2 – REED DIFFUSER
Reed Diffusers** are fantastic for low maintenance and long lasting fragrance in a room (I have found they work brilliantly in hallways in particular to create a really welcoming scent).
#3 – FLOWERS
I love flowers, and I love that you can add lots of colour as well as smell with a bunch. But bunches of flowers can be very expensive and don’t last long if you want to have that smell in your home each and every day.
As such, If you love flowers, then go for flowering plants** as they last longer (they also clean the air for you!) – or shop for flowers at the end of the day when shops tend to discount them so you can get more for your money.
#4 – CLEANING PRODUCTS
Cleaning products are what we use all around our homes, and they can make a real difference to how nice our home smells. Choose ones that you love to use and that have a great smell.
#5 – OPEN THE WINDOWS
Whenever you get a chance (maybe just 5 mins when getting ready in the morning), open the windows and let some fresh air in.
This will make a massive difference, as you can start to circulate air around the house and get stale air out.
#6 – CHANGE BEDDING OFTEN
We become immune to the smell of ourselves after a while, and bedding is one of those things that can make a massive difference to the smell in our bedroom when changed regularly.
#7 – IRONING SPRAY
There is nothing nicer than the smell of fresh laundry – but often laundry gets left a while until we come to iron it – and it has lost its freshness by then.
As such, I love to use a scented ironing spray** . This can bring the freshness back to your laundry and doesn’t have to cost a lot. Works particularly well for bedding.
You could also make your own – there is a great tutorial over at Apartment Therapy – CLICK HERE.
#8 – FABRIC FRESHENER
Using a fabric freshener such as Febreeze can work really well to give new life to already worn clothes and other fabrics around the house.
#9 – PILLOW SPRAY
Another go-to fragrance to add to a room is something I use daily on my bed – and that’s a pillow spray**. Simply sprayed onto the pillow before I get into bed, it makes relaxing much easier after a long day.
It’s one of those simple luxuries that really does make a difference, and it makes the bed smell amazing too which is always a bonus as it’s the next best thing to the feeling of freshly laundered sheets.
A Beautiful Mess has a great homemade recipe for this – CLICK HERE.
#10 – REMEMBER SHOWS AND COATS
It’s often the things we bring into the house that create smells – so wash coats and clean shoes regularly to keep things fresh.
#11 – MAKE YOUR OWN ROOM SPRAY
Room sprays can be expensive, but are a lovely alternative to air fresheners that can smell very overpowering and quite fake (they are also not meant to be that great for us, but that’s just what I have read, so please make up your own mind on that).
I have been known to make my own – and I have found a great post written at The Prairie Homestead that has a recipe and lots of ideas for what essential oils to add for different scents. I may well be trying a few of these soon!
#12 – USE DRYER SHEETS IN DIFFERENT WAYS
Tumble dryer sheets don’t have to just stay in your utility. Use them in wardrobes and drawers to make clothes smell fresh and clean.
#13 – EMPTY OFTEN
By this I mean that smells can linger even when you have thrown things away – if you don’t empty and clean your bins often.
#14 – GET SOME FABRIC CONDITIONER OUT
Mix some fabric conditioner and water in the sink and then wet a cloth with the mixture. Wring the cloth as dry as possible and then use this to wipe all your skirting boards, door frames etc…. The fragrance is lovely!
#15 – GOT GUESTS COMING AND NEED A QUICK FIX? HEAD TO THE KITCHEN…
Nothing is more inviting than going somewhere to be greeted by the fresh smell of coffee or a cake just out of the oven. If you have a lemon to hand (you could freeze it in slices to add to your drinks or for this trick) then put in a cup with some water and microwave for a minute – you should have a lovely lemon scent when you open the door. It also cleans the microwave so you get two jobs done for one!)
There you have it – 15 ways to make your home smell amazing – easily!
I’m sure that some of these tips will be new things for you to try, and others may be things you already do.
Your home really can smell amazing every day – it takes a little bit of time to make everything a habit – but you should see a real difference when you start to use some or all of these tips and tricks.