Nothing say comfort like walking into a home that smells amazing. Whether it is the fresh scent of a spring cleaning or the warm remembrances of holiday baking, people simply love things that smell wonderful.
You can easily get that feeling with just a few simple tips and tricks from these amazing homemakers. You won't have to spend a fortune on fancy products or expensive chemical sprays to make your home smell as it should with these creative ideas.
1. Vacuum your way to freshness
If you are going to vacuum, you might as well have the chore do double duty. Vacuuming up laundry scents or even wax melt sprinkles, will allow the vacuum exhaust to gently scent your home as you vacuum. No more dirt and no more odors.
2. Make Febreze spray
You can make Febreze spray to refresh carpet, curtains and fabric surfaces. Mix 1/4 cup of laundry scents, such as Downy Unstopables, and 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of boiling water. It can take up to 30 minutes for everything to melt. Add to a spray bottle for easy spritzing wherever you need a fresh, clean scent.
3. Spray the room with homemade air freshener (h/t One Crazy House)
Make a homemade air freshener that doesn't depend on chemicals to create a good-smelling home. Combine 10 drops of your favorite essential oils, 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and 6 tablespoons of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray – it couldn't be easier.
4. Craft a scented mason jar (h/t Dream a Little Bigger)
This adorable jar freshens the room while masquerading as a decor item. You can often find mason jar toppers at a craft store or can create one from wire mesh, screening or thin metal sheets. Add baking soda and a generous amount of essential oils.
5. Add an air freshener disc (h/t Creative Homemaking)
Air freshener discs can be hidden or put on display around a home to add a little boost of fragrance. Make some using Creative Homemaking's recipe that involves baking a paste of water and baking soda to create dried discs and adding essential oils to create smells you like. Place them under sinks, in trash cans or on a pretty dish for a charming smell.
6. Turn your shower into a spa (h/t Smart Schoolhouse)
Dried eucalyptus stems can be found at home decor stores. Tie a bundle of them to the shower head for a spa-like experience at home. The steam from the shower releases the plant's oils and creates a fresh and energizing experience.
7. Mix together a simmer pot
A simmer pot is the easiest way to scent a house with holiday smells that remind you of home, family and comfort. Simply add the items that remind you of holiday baking to a pot of water and simmer on the stovetop. Apples, cinnamon, oranges, pine branches, allspice, ginger, cloves, lemons, vanilla and fruit juices can all be simmered. Just remember to keep adding water.
8. Refill a reed diffuser with your own scents
Reed diffusers are attractive room fresheners that use wooden reeds to draw scents out of decorative containers and into the air. Over time, they need refilling. You can create your own reed diffuser refills by combining almond oil and your favorite essential oils.
9. Get green with plants
Clean air smells good. Having a few key plants in your home can help purify the air inside and make your house smell better. English ivy, aloe vera and spider plants are just a few green selections that can help with this process.