Inside: If you’re looking for some tried-and-true, smart ways how to make your house smell good – all the time – you’re in the right place.
Have you ever walked into someone’s house and instantly felt like you wanted to melt into their couch with a warm mug of tea and never leave?
You know – the air is the perfect temperature that you can’t tell where your skin ends and the air begins, the aroma is that of a cozy little bakery you could spend hours in, and the soft music makes you want to fall asleep.
You think to yourself, “this is what I want my guests to feel when they walk into my house!”
But that’s not your house.
When you walk through the door into your house you’re greeted with stinky shoes and a musky smell that you can’t quite put your finger on (oh yeah, and the smell of last week’s lasagna leftovers – but not the good smell that usually comes with it).
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On the contrary to stinky soccer shoes and the old-food smell, maybe your house smells like nothing at all. It doesn’t necessarily smell bad, but it certainly doesn’t smell good.
Whatever scenario you may be in, you want to know how to make your house smell good all the time (and with as little effort as possible, right?). Now, you could keep Vanilla Bean Candles burning 24/7, but that would not only be costly and extremely dangerous (I advise you to not burn candles all the time), but it would also require lots of effort on your part.
How to Make Your House Smell Good (all the time)
If you’re here looking for some quick tips to get rid of a nasty stench in your house, that’s not what we’re talking about (but you can go here to find those quick tips).
If you’re here, I’m guessing it’s because you want to learn how to make your house smell like a spa – and I don’t blame you. I want my house to smell like a spa, too.
The first step to making your house smell amazing – even spa-like – is to first get rid of any bad stenches.
Because it’s not enough to simply try and “cover up” a bad smell (the bad smell will always win, trust me). You need to eliminate it at its source.
So, without further rambling, here’s how to eliminate bad smells in your home:
How to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Your House
Here are a few easy cleaning tasks you can quickly do to defeat bad smells:
- Take the trash out daily
- Clean the garbage disposal (freeze chopped up lemon with water in ice cube trays then dump the ice down the garbage disposal and turn it on. If you don’t have as much time, shove some lemon peels down the garbage disposal and turn it on)
- Clean out the fridge (get rid of old food and wipe up any spills that may be causing bad smells)
- Stop stinky shoe odors (here’s how to get rid of “shoe stink”)
- Move recycling and compost bins outside or into the garage
- Keep on top of laundry (and clean your washing machine from time to time)
- Clean your house weekly and tidy daily
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the bad smells, it’s time to get to the fun stuff – how to make your house smell good ALL the time.
How to Make Your House Smell Good all the Time: 5 Methods
A more child-friendly option than candles, reed diffusers will make your house smell like a spa in no time. Plus, they take just about no effort on your part.
All you have to do is place the sticks – or reeds – into the fragrance oil and leave it. Within a few hours you’ll notice a pleasant aroma wafting through the air making you want to curl up in a soft blanket and close your eyes for just a few minutes…
The thing I love about reed diffusers is that they bring constant fragrance to your home without being overpowering.
As much as I love a good smelling house, having candles burning gives me a headache, so I usually opt for an option that is far less strong but gives off just as much – if not more – of that delightful smell and feeling you’re looking for.
A reed diffuser works by the reeds soaking up the scented oil and then releasing the scent into the air.
Though the bottles are quite small, a 4 – 8 oz bottle will typically last around 3 – 8 months. (When the scent begins weakening, simply flip the reed sticks upside down in the bottle and this will give you a bit more time before having to buy more oil.)
One thing that I count as an advantage, but some people may say is a downfall, is that reed diffusers don’t give off a very strong scent. This is good for anyone like me who struggles with headaches from strong scents.
But this also means you will need several diffusers placed around your house if you want the scent to reach different rooms.
Reed diffusers are a safer option than candles in the sense that you don’t have to worry about having an open flame; your biggest concern would be them tipping over and spilling out the oils onto the floor. (Be sure to still keep reed diffusers out of reach of children.)
Reed diffusers come in many, many different scents.
Essential oil diffusers are also sometimes known as aromatherapy diffusers.
Essential oils get extracted from plants and get made into a concentrate form, retaining the natrial smell and flavor as well as some of the nutrients.
“An ultrasonic oil diffuser plugs into the wall with a standard electrical outlet, which triggers a ceramic disc inside to vibrate. This vibration breaks down the essential oils into teeny-tiny particles, which are then blended with water and dispersed into the air as aromatic mist.” – Homesick.com
Much like reed diffusers, essential oil diffusers don’t let off a very strong or over-powering scent, but rather a constant scent that sort of just melts in to the air.
There are dozens upon dozens of different scents of essential oils, and on top of just giving a good smelling scent, some essentials oils even have various health benefits. Here are just a few:
- Lavender: relieves stress, aids anxiety, promotes relaxation
- Peppermint: boosts energy, kills germs, relieves pain
- Chamomile: promotes sleep, helps with nausea and gas, improves mood
- Lemon: fights exhaustion, reduces inflammation, helps in wound healing, contains antiseptic, disinfectant, and anti-fungal properties
- Tea Tree: boosts immunity
- Eucalyptus: respiratory health, natural insect repellent, helps with joint pain
- Jasmine: antibacterial, antidepressant, aids in childbirth
Do ensure that the essential oil brand you’re buying is pure essential oil. Some brands will say 100% pure but not actually be, and may even contain chemicals. Do research on specific brands before purchasing oils. This is one of the brands I use and trust.
*Do your own research before purchasing certain oils, as some should not be used during pregnancy and/or with young kids.
3. Stovetop Scents
One of my go-to methods of quickly (and temporarily) filling my house with a pleasant aroma is to make a stovetop scent.
All you need is a pot and a couple ingredients.
The thing I love about stovetop scents is they’re natural (no pumping chemicals or toxins into your air!) and they give off scent to a larger area than reed diffusers and some essential oil diffusers.
My favorite stovetop scent concoction to make our house smell wonderful is:
- 3 c. water
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract (or subustitute with powder vanilla and use half as much)
- 1/4 tsp. whole (or ground if that’s what you have) cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
Add everything together in a saucepan and bring just to a boil then turn down the heat and let it simmer. After just a few minutes you’ll already notice your house filling with a delictable aroma.
Be sure to check the water level every so often to ensure the stovetop scent doesn’t boil dry; add more water as needed.
When it comes to stovetop scents, the sky is the limit. You can make your own concoctions of scents or look up endless recipes online.
There are so many other scents that you can create by incorporating citrus, herbs, different spices, and so much more.
As an added bonus, it usually doesn’t take long after I smell the appetizing scents that I get an urge to bake; which contributes to the nice smelling house.
4. Wax Melts
Wax melts use a heat source to release certain scents into the air through melting cubes of wax.
Though they are flame-free, they do still heat up and the wax on top becomes a very hot liquid over time (which isn’t very kid-friendly).
Wax melts don’t only diffuse a wonderful smelling aroma into the air, they also make some cute home decor, which is a bonus.
One thing to watch out for when purchasing the wax for your wax melts is that some brands use a mixture of toxins and chemicals in their wax, and those then get released into the air in your house for you and your family to breathe in. Not good.
Just like with the essential oils, do a bit of research before buying wax melts to find a brand that is toxin- and chemical-free.
And, of course, finally, we get to candles. Candles are an easy, popular way to make your home smell good all the time. If you have lots of candles in your house, you don’t even need to have them lit for their aroma to fill the air a lot of the time.
Candles are my least favorite way of making my house smell good, for a few reasons.
- I don’t like having an open flame going with kids running around the house
- their smell is too strong and often leads to headaches
However, for many people they are still the #1 most popular way to make a house smell good. If you like candles, then it’s the perfect way to take your house from smelly to spa-like, fast.
What many people don’t know is that many candles are made with toxins and chemicals. If you do opt for using candles to help your house smell better, opt for some chemical-free, natural candles instead. (The smell from natural candles might not be as potent, but your body will thank you that you’re not infusing toxins into the air all day everyday.)
How to Make Your House Smell Good: 5 Tips to Make Your House Smell Like a Spa
These are my top 5 ways of making a house smell like a spa. I’d love to know, what are some tips and tricks you use for bringing some delightful aromas into your home? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
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