How to scent your house

   Does your home smell good? I mean, does it really smell good? Because, let’s face it, life can get in the way, busy and important items on our agendas can overtake our senses (pun intended), and sometimes that leads us with either a home that doesn’t smell particularly fresh…or, worse, one that downright stinks. And a home that smells fresh is one that people want to be in.

1.Fresh Homemade Lemon Air Spray.

Simply dissolve 1/8-cup baking soda into 2 cups hot water. Add 1/2-cup of lemon juice. Pour into a spray bottle, shake it up, and spray freshness into every room in your home.natural-fabric-softner

2. Homemade Jelly Air Freshener.

Made with all natural ingredients such as gelatin, water, essential oil, and salt, these toxin-free air fresheners help you breathe sweetly and easy. Bonus: They make fantastic gift.hqdefault

3. Dried Lavender Air Freshener

Combine equal parts dried lavender buds and baking soda into a small jar, then shake well. Add 3 drops at a time (24 drops total) of lavender-scented essential oil, shaking after every 3 drops. Place the jar in any room and enjoy the heavenly smell that ensues.lavenderairfreshener

4 .Use orange peels

Cut an orange in half. Remove (and eat!) the orange sections and pulp, then fill the orange shell halfway with salt. Place shell in a small bowl, and put it in the back of your fridge to freshen things up – the salt absorbs stale, yucky odors while the orange shell infuses the entire fridge with a fresh, citrus scent.o-ORANGE-PEEL-facebook

5. Go Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is both aesthetic, with its roundish or heart-shaped leaves, and a strongly scented foliage. Place a few fresh or dried twigs in a vase, and your room will smell and look great for a long time.eucalyptus0.jpg

6. Tea Bag Touch of Aroma 

For small spaces that could easily be overwhelmed with strong smells (for example, the bathroom or potentially musty closets), an inexpensive but great-smelling option is to hang three or four tea bags on the back of the door. Refresh your tea bags with a drop or two of essential oil when you feel the aroma start to dwindle.tea-bag-aroma-for-small-spaces.jpg

7. Easy Simmering

Possibly the fastest way to infuse your home with a great smell is from the stove. Add a good-smelling item (for example, cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, apple cider) to a cup of water in a saucepan on low heat on your stove. Feel free to get creative with the scents, especially when the weather begins to chill in evenings.IMG_1847

8. Deodorizing Spray

All you need is a spray bottle, some distilled water, a teaspoon of baking soda, and 12 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender or eucalyptus are good starters). Mix essential oil into the baking soda in a bowl, then pour the mixture through a funnel into the spray bottle. Top the bottle off with distilled water, shake it up, and spray away. Use this on fabric, carpet, upholstery, or in the air for a lovely fresh whole-home smell.isolated-green-fragrances_kfm9g7

9. Reed Diffusers.

Make the entire room smell divine with some essential oil reed diffusers, flavor of your choice of course. Reeds are slender stick e.g. Bamboo skewers that you place in a jar with essential oils and a teaspoon of alcohol to help the oils travel up the reeds more effectively.ltd_reed_diffuser

Author: Medrine Nyambura

Copywriter, Kijiji Agency

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