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What’s the secret to a home that always smells good? Simple. Get rid of your husband, kids, and pets. Kidding…sort of. That would make for a really short blog post. Since that isn’t a feasible option, no worries! I have plenty of effective alternatives below. As a mother to 3 boys, a hubby who works outdoors all day, and 2 cats, I am no stranger to handling “unique” smells in our home. Especially having a teenage boy.

If you know you know. Over the years I have discovered a few hacks, tricks, products, and routines that help keep my home smelling fresh! And believe me, I have smelled some things! In this post, I will cover these tips, natural cleaning product alternatives, and a quick guide to nuke those pesky pet odors that you can use to keep your home always smelling good!

A pleasant fragrance can make a significant difference in how your home feels and is perceived by others. Having a fresh and inviting scent can create a welcoming atmosphere and leave a lasting impression.

Fortunately, achieving a delightful aroma throughout your house is easier than you might think. In this blog post, we will explore various tips, tricks, and natural solutions to help you make your house always smell good, ensuring a delightful olfactory experience for everyone who steps through your door.

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Where Are Smells Kept?

  • Curtains – They can hold smells surprisingly well, especially cooking smells. They are often an overlooked culprit. It’s best to wash them every 6 months to keep those odors at bay.
  • Floors
  • Carpets
  • Rugs
  • Walls
  • Closets
  • Uncleaned trash cans
  • Dirty clothes
  • Bed Sheets
  • Couches
  • Sinks
  • Toilet Bases

You get the just of it….

1. Utilize Your Air Filters

When I bought my first home, it was a foreclosure and needed some work. Part of that work was to get out the smell that had accumulated in there. That’s where I learned the power of using a heavy-duty air filter to help flush out unfavorable smells.

Using air filters is an effective way to get rid of home odors, including those caused by pets. Air filters work by capturing and trapping airborne particles, such as pet dander, dust, and odorous molecules, improving indoor air quality.

Look for air filters with activated carbon or charcoal, as these materials have excellent odor-absorbing properties.

When the air circulates through the filter, the activated carbon absorbs and neutralizes the odors, leaving your home smelling fresher. By regularly maintaining and replacing the filters as recommended by the manufacturer, you can continuously filter out pet-related odors, creating a cleaner and more pleasant environment for you and your family.

Be sure to stay on top of updating your air filters each month. I mark it on the calendar because otherwise, I will forget…indefinitely.

I would only temporarily use the thicker, more heavy-duty filter as they can make your AC unit work harder sucking air through and racking up your monthly energy bill. So after 1-3 months of use, switch back you a normal, lighter filter.

**Tip** Another way to add scent to your home using an air filter is to spray the filter with your favorite fragrance or essential oil! This will help the scent travel through your air ducts from room to room effortlessly.

2. Get An Air Purifier

An air purifier can significantly improve the smell of your home by effectively eliminating odors and improving indoor air quality. Air purifiers work by capturing and filtering out various airborne particles, such as pet dander, pollen, dust, and even volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to unpleasant odors.

Many air purifiers come with specialized filters, such as activated carbon or charcoal filters, which are particularly effective at absorbing and neutralizing odors.

By continuously running an air purifier in your home, you can effectively reduce pet odors, cooking smells, and other unpleasant odors, creating a more pleasant and inviting environment for you and your family.

Be sure to place the air purifier in high-traffic areas such as living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms.

3. Optimize Fresh Ventilation

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Fresh air is a natural deodorizer. Open windows and doors whenever possible to allow for proper air circulation. This helps eliminate stagnant odors and replaces them with the pleasant aroma of the outdoors.

During pleasant weather, consider using window screens or door draft stoppers to keep bugs and debris out while still enjoying the benefits of fresh air.

Maintaining cleanliness is the first step toward a fresh-smelling home. Regularly clean floors, surfaces, and upholstery to eliminate dust, dirt, and any unpleasant odors.

Pay special attention to areas prone to trapping odors, such as carpets, pet beds, and trash cans. Vacuuming, mopping, and dusting are essential tasks to keep your home smelling its best.

1. Freshen Up Fabrics

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Fabrics tend to absorb odors, so it’s essential to keep them fresh. Wash bed linens, and curtains, and throw pillows regularly to eliminate trapped smells. I like to wash bed linens once a week and curtains and pillows I try for once a month.

Cooking odors, everyday life, and pet smells tend to get trapped in these places as well. Anything with fabric, wash it regularly. You’d be surprised about how much it can cause a bad smell in your home. I like to spritz my bed, curtains, pillows, and rugs each day with a fabric freshener to give them a boost in between washing.

Also if you have pets and children, try to get a leather or pleather couch instead of fabric for easy cleanup and odor control. In addition, avoid shag rugs! I know they are in and so comfy but they are SO difficult to keep clean and odor-free with pets and children.

The dirt and smells that it can trap over time are unreal. I recently threw away ours and got a thin area rug for our living room. It’s so much easier to keep clean.

2. Simmer Scents On The Stove

Harness the power of natural ingredients to infuse your home with a wonderful aroma. Fill a small pot with water, add fragrant ingredients like citrus slices, cinnamon sticks, or herbs such as rosemary or lavender, and let it simmer on low heat.

The steam will release a beautiful scent that permeates the air, leaving your home smelling inviting and fresh.

3. Incorporate Essential Oils

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Essential oils offer a wide range of scents that can transform your home’s atmosphere. Use a diffuser to disperse your favorite essential oils into the air. Experiment with scents like lavender, eucalyptus, or citrus for a calming, uplifting, or refreshing ambiance.

You can also create your own room sprays or linen sprays by diluting essential oils in water and spritzing them around your home.

4. Use Scented Candles

Scented candles are a popular, obvious, and effective choice. They not only provide ambient lighting but also fill your home with delightful fragrances. Opt for high-quality candles made from natural wax, such as soy or beeswax, as they burn cleaner and release fewer toxins.

Choose scents that match the desired mood or season, whether it’s warm vanilla in winter or floral notes in spring. Place candles strategically in different rooms for an even distribution of scent. Plus it’s so satisfying lighting candles after cleaning your home!

5. Employ Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are a convenient option to keep your home smelling pleasant. Choose from various types such as aerosol sprays, plug-in diffusers, or gel-based fresheners. Be mindful of selecting natural or non-toxic options to avoid artificial or overpowering scents.

Place them strategically in areas that tend to accumulate odors, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or near pet areas.

6. Embrace Natural Deodorizers

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Certain natural ingredients possess deodorizing properties that can help neutralize unwanted smells. Baking soda is a versatile deodorizer that can be sprinkled on carpets, and upholstery, and even added to your laundry.

Coffee grounds can be placed in a bowl to absorb odors in the refrigerator. Vinegar diluted with water is effective in removing lingering smells from surfaces and can be used for mopping floors or cleaning countertops.

– Remove Pet Odors –

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I know as well as anyone that we adore our fur babies to the moon and back. However, there is no denying the havoc they can wreak on our home’s scent. Whether it’s from urine, feces, or general pet odors, it’s important to address the issue to maintain a fresh and clean living environment. Here are some effective ways to get rid of pet odor in your home:

  • Regular Cleaning: Establish a cleaning routine to stay on top of pet odors. Vacuum carpets, rugs, and furniture regularly to remove pet hair and dander, which can contribute to unpleasant smells. Clean pet bedding, blankets, and toys frequently as well.
  • Immediate Cleanup: Accidents happen, so it’s essential to clean up any pet messes promptly. Blot urine or vomit with paper towels or old rags, then clean the area with an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed to eliminate pet odors. These cleaners break down the organic compounds that cause odors, rather than just masking them.
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning: Carpets and upholstery tend to trap pet odors, so it’s crucial to deep clean them periodically. Steam cleaning or hiring a professional carpet cleaning service can effectively eliminate embedded pet smells. Additionally, using baking soda as a natural deodorizer before vacuuming can help absorb odors. I have some rooms with carpet in my home so I’ve invested in a carpet cleaning machine. I also use the Bissel pet pro with Oxi solution and add a scoop of OxiClean powder to the solution. I love adding OxiClean to my cleaning concoctions. It is one of the most effective and versatile cleaning products out there.
  • Odor Absorbers: Place odor absorbers strategically throughout your home to tackle pet smells. Activated charcoal, baking soda, or commercial odor-absorbing products can be used in areas prone to odors, such as near litter boxes or pet beds. These substances absorb and neutralize odors in the air.
  • Litter Box Maintenance: If you have cats, keeping the litter box clean is essential. Scoop waste daily, replace litter regularly, and clean the litter box thoroughly at least once a week. Consider using odor-neutralizing litter or litter box deodorizers to control smells.
  • Air Fresheners: While air fresheners don’t eliminate pet odors, they can help mask them temporarily. Opt for pet-friendly air fresheners or natural alternatives like essential oils diffused in water or odor-neutralizing sprays designed specifically for pets.
  • Grooming and Bathing: Regular grooming and bathing help keep your pets clean and reduce pet odors. Brushing your pet’s fur helps remove loose hair and dander, while bathing with a mild pet shampoo can eliminate odors and refresh their coat.
  • Odor-Resistant Surfaces: Consider choosing odor-resistant materials when selecting new furniture or flooring. Some materials, like leather or vinyl, are less likely to absorb and retain pet odors compared to fabric or carpet.
  • Professional Help: If pet odors persist despite your efforts, consider seeking professional help. Some odor-removal specialists can assess the situation and provide targeted solutions to eliminate persistent pet smells.

Remember that consistency is key when it comes to managing pet odors. By implementing these strategies and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you can enjoy a fresh-smelling home even with pets around.

– House Cleaning Products To Use –

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There are various cleaning products available that can help make your home smell good. Here are some of the best options:

  • All-Purpose Cleaners: Look for all-purpose cleaners that have a pleasant scent. Many brands offer multi-surface cleaners with fragrance options like citrus, lavender, or pine. These can be used to clean countertops, surfaces, and floors while leaving a fresh scent behind. I love a good cleaner that has a lemon scent.
  • Floor Cleaners: For clean and fragrant floors, consider using floor cleaners designed to leave a pleasant smell. Look for products specifically formulated for the type of flooring you have, such as hardwood, tile, or laminate. These cleaners often have scents like lemon, eucalyptus, or floral fragrances. As mentioned above, add a scoop of OxiClean powder to your cleaning solution.
  • Glass and Mirror Cleaners: Keeping your glass surfaces streak-free and fresh-smelling is essential. Look for glass and mirror cleaners that have a pleasant scent. Many brands offer streak-free formulas with scents like mint, citrus, or ocean breeze.
  • Air Fresheners and Sprays: Air fresheners and sprays can instantly freshen up your home. Choose from various options like aerosol sprays, plug-in air fresheners, or reed diffusers. Consider scents like vanilla, lavender, or tropical fruits to create a pleasant and inviting atmosphere.
  • Fabric Refreshers: Fabrics like curtains, upholstery, and carpets can trap odors. Fabric refreshers are designed to eliminate odors and leave a fresh scent. Look for products that are safe to use on various fabrics and offer long-lasting fragrances. My personal favorite is the Febreze Extra Strength spray in its original scent.
  • Odor Eliminators: In addition to covering up odors, odor eliminators target and neutralize them. Look for products that use enzymes or activated charcoal to break down and eliminate odor-causing molecules. These can be used on carpets, furniture, and other surfaces prone to trapping odors.
  • Laundry Detergents and Fabric Softeners: Choose scented laundry detergents and fabric softeners to infuse your clothes, towels, and linens with a pleasant smell. Many brands offer a wide range of fragrance options, such as floral, fruity, or clean scents.
  • Scented Cleaning Vinegar: For a natural and fresh-smelling cleaning solution, you can infuse white vinegar with citrus peels or herbs like lavender or rosemary. Let the mixture sit for a few weeks, strain it, and use it as a cleaning agent for surfaces or as a natural fabric softener in the laundry.

Remember to follow the instructions and use cleaning products in well-ventilated areas to ensure safety and proper usage. Experiment with different scents and find the ones that you and your household enjoy the most to create a consistently pleasant-smelling home.

– Natural Cleaning Products –

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If you are a chemical-conscious cleaner, here are some popular options to choose from! There are several natural cleaning products that are safe to use and can make your house smell good.

  • White Vinegar: White vinegar is a versatile natural cleaner that can effectively clean various surfaces. It can also help neutralize odors and leave a fresh scent behind when used in moderation.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda is a powerful odor absorber and can be used as a gentle abrasive cleaner. It helps eliminate odors from carpets, upholstery, and refrigerators while leaving a neutral scent.
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has natural antibacterial properties and a refreshing citrus scent. It can be used to clean and deodorize cutting boards, countertops, and surfaces. Mix it with water or vinegar for an effective cleaning solution.
  • Essential Oils: Essential oils come in a wide variety of scents and have natural antimicrobial properties. They can be added to homemade cleaning solutions, such as all-purpose cleaners or fabric refreshers, to provide a pleasant and fresh aroma. Popular options include lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, and citrus oils.
  • Castile Soap: Castile soap is a gentle and natural soap made from vegetable oils. It can be used as a multipurpose cleaner for surfaces, and floors, and even as a laundry detergent. Some varieties are scented with essential oils, providing a pleasant aroma.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant and stain remover. It can be used to clean surfaces, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, and helps eliminate unpleasant odors.
  • Citrus Peels: Don’t throw away citrus peels after enjoying the fruit! Instead, place them in a jar with vinegar and let it sit for a few weeks. The infused vinegar can be used as a natural all-purpose cleaner that leaves a fresh citrus scent.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can be added to cleaning solutions to provide a fresh scent while also helping to sanitize surfaces.

When using natural cleaning products, it’s important to follow proper dilution ratios and safety precautions. Also, keep in mind that while natural ingredients are generally safe, some individuals may have allergies or sensitivities to certain scents or substances.

With all these tips to keeping your home scent-sational, you can try one or try them all! I like to give a variety of choices that work well so that there is something for everyone no matter their preferences.

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