We all want our home to smell nice. Here are just a few tips for improving the aroma of your home.
Know where bad smells are coming from
There are many ways to cover up bad smells, but your best option is to eliminate the source – especially if there’s a particularly pungent smell lurking in your home. If you’ve got foul-smelling drains, you might want to hire a plumbing company such as Sydney Emergency Plumbing to take a look in case they are blocked. If there’s a musty smell and you’ve got a lot of mold, it might be worth seeking out the help of a mold remediation company. If there are pungent food smells coming from your kitchen, it might be worth deep cleaning this space (cleaning behind appliances and cleaning the inside of the refrigerator could make a big impact). Not smoking indoors, keeping pets clean, and not letting garbage sit around for days will also help to prevent odors.
Keep your home ventilated
If your home isn’t ventilated, bad smells will have no way of escaping and will build up. Opening the windows is the easiest way to ventilate your home. Extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchens can also be worth using for keeping your home ventilated.
Use scented candles
When it comes to introducing sweet fragrances to your home, scented candles are one of the best options. This guide at Harpers Bazaar compares some of the top scented candles on the market. On top of helping your home to smell nice, certain scents may have other purposes (for instance, citronella can help to repel bugs, while lavender can help to improve sleep quality).
Use an oil diffuser
Oil diffusers help to distribute sweet scents into the air much like scented candles. They typically run on electricity and can be used to burn a range of essential oils. While a bigger initial investment than scented candles, they can work out cheaper in the long run as you simply have to replace the oils.
Use incense sticks
Incense sticks are another popular way of introducing sweet fragrances into the air. Incense sticks come in various scents from sandalwood to lemongrass. Due to producing smoke, they can be a little less healthy than other scent options (although arguably still healthier than chemical air fresheners).
Cook up your own aromas
By boiling ingredients in a pan, you can brew up your own homemade aromas. This can be cheaper than using other forms of scents and can allow you to experiment. This guide at The Spruce Crafts compares a few examples of simmer pot recipes you can try.
Deodorize your carpet and furniture
Carpets and furniture fabrics can dirt and bacteria over time, producing foul odors. Consider buying some carpet deodorizer and fabric freshener if you think your carpet and upholstery might have a whiff to it. These deodorizers will only serve to cover up the smell, so you may want to thoroughly clean your carpet and sofa fabric to fully combat this issue. Very old carpets and furniture might be worth throwing out and replacing rather than attempting to clean them.
Use fragrant houseplants to create aromas
Some plants produce naturally sweet aromas. These can be worth growing in your home to help improve the scent. Jasmine, lavender, citrus, and orchids are just a few examples of fragrant plants.