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Nine Super Simple Ways to Make Your House Smell Fresh


People are usually surrounded by a mix of smells – some pleasant, others not so much. Most homeowners struggle with finding the right balance so their homes can always smell fresh. Here are a few simple tips to help you achieve this.

Make Your Own Potpourri

Potpourri is an old-fashioned, traditional way of using herbs, spices, and flowers to freshen up a room. You can make potpourri at home with just a few ingredients. You can even use the same herbs and spices that you use in cooking to create a sweet smell.

The best part about making your potpourri is that it is almost effortless! You only need two ingredients: dried herbs and flowers. If you don't have any dried herbs or flowers on hand, don't worry, you can subscribe to get your flowers regularly, so you always have a fresh batch to use. You can also invest in sweet-smelling house plants to make your house smell fresh.

Simmer Cinnamon Sticks and Apple Slices

Cinnamon sticks help to keep the air in your house clean and fresh, while apples can be used as a natural deodorizer. You can add them to a pot of water and let it simmer for a few hours or overnight. The cinnamon will stick to the apples as they cook, making them smell wonderful!


Use Odor-Eliminating Candles

Whether trying to get rid of pet urine odors or keep your home smelling fresh, keeping an odor-eliminating candle on hand is a great place to start. Odor-eliminating candles work by emitting a scent that traps air molecules and keeps them away from furnishings. That means no more lingering odors that make you feel uncomfortable.

Give Your Trash Can a Break

It's easy to take your trash can for granted. It's just there, doing its job, and you don't think about it much. But when you do think about it, you realize that there are some things you can do to make your trash can cleaner. Here are some tips on how to keep it smelling fresh:

  1. Change Your Trash Can Bags Regularly: The average person throws out around two bags of trash per day, so each week, you throw away about 14 bags! That's a lot of waste going into trash cans. If you don't change the bag in the can, leftover trash will begin accumulating and emitting a foul stink.
  2. Clean Out Your Trash Can Often: If you notice any odors coming from your trash can, clean it immediately before those smells build up. The longer you let the stench stay, the worse it'll get.

Fill a Small Dish with Vanilla

You can use a little vanilla bean in a small dish to make your house smell fresh or add a few drops of vanilla extract to a candle or air freshener. This is one fragrance that not only smells great but it makes your home more welcoming.

Set Out Baking Soda

Baking soda is an inexpensive yet easy way to make your home smell fresh, but you need to set it out in discreet places for it to be effective. You can sprinkle baking soda around the bottom of your trash cans or put it in a spray bottle and spritz it all over the floor. The idea is that the baking soda absorbs odors and leaves behind a pleasant scent.

Piled-Up Laundry

Having a clean home is a great way to ensure your kids don't get sick and that you and your partner aren't fighting over who will do the laundry when you're a busy family. But can you imagine what your home would smell like if all of your laundry was left piled up?

Laundry piles are bad for the environment and even worse for your health. They emit toxic chemicals into the air, which can cause respiratory issues for those who live close to them. 

If you want to keep your home odor-free, it's important to inventory all the clothes that need to be washed before putting them away. Also, consider using environmentally-friendly detergents that won't cause damage to your clothes.

Put Out Fresh Linens

When you have freshly-laundered linens in your home, it has a subtle scent that makes it feel like a warm, welcoming place. It's not just about the smell of clean clothes – it's also what other people think when they come over.

If you're looking to add a little extra pep to your home and keep it feeling fresh and clean, consider putting some new linen on your bed. You'll be amazed by how much better it feels when you wake up!

Get Some Fresh Air

If you want to make your house smell good, open the windows and let some fresh air in. This is especially important in the summertime when indoor air is stagnant. There are many ways to freshen up an indoor environment, but none are more effective than opening a window. 

You can also place a fan somewhere close to the seating area in a room so air can circulate throughout the room.


There are many methods to get your house smelling fresh. You don't always need a special diffuser or expensive oils. All you need are smart ideas like the ones we've listed, and you're good to go. Try a few of these ideas and see what works best for you. They will help eliminate unpleasant odors and make your home smell like heaven.

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