If you’re looking for some fool-proof, unique 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 welcomed? You know – when you walk into a house and it has a cozy atmosphere, maybe some soft music, and a heavenly smell wafting through the air, and you think to yourself, “this is what I want my guests to feel when they walk into my house.”
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Now that’s what you want your house to smell like. But does your house actually smell like that? Not. Even. Close.
Your house might smell something like that of a used-shoe factory, or maybe it’s more of a smell that you can’t quite put your finger on… but it’s there.
Or, perhaps your house doesn’t have much of a smell at all. It doesn’t smell bad, but it doesn’t smell good, either.
How to make your house smell good (all the time)
If you’re simply here looking for some quick cleaning tips you can do to get rid of the stench in your house, that’s not what we’re talking about here (but you can go here to find them).
You want to know 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.
But, if you do have a bad stench in your house – a stench that can’t be covered up by pretty smells – you’ll want to get rid of that smell first, then work on making your house smell good.
Here’s how you can get rid of bad smells in your house:
How to get rid of bad smells in your house
To rid your house of any lingering bad smells here are a few easy cleaning tasks that you can do:
- Take the trash out daily
- Clean your garbage disposal (freeze chopped up lemon with water in ice cube trays then put the ice in the garbage disposal while it is on. If you don’t have time to wait for the lemon cubes to freeze, simply put lemon peels down the disposal by themselves.)
- Clean out your fridge (if any time you open the fridge door a terrible smell comes wafting out, it’s time to clean it out.)
- Eliminate odors coming from stinky shoes (learn how to get rid of “shoe stink” here)
- Store recycling outside or in the garage
- Wash your clothes regularly (and wash your washing machine)
- Clean your house weekly with this
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the bad odors in your house, it’s time to get to the good stuff – how to make your house smell good ALL the time.
How to make your house smell good all the time with 4 different methods
If you’re looking for something that is more child-friendly than a candle to make your house smell AH-MA-ZING, this reed diffuser is what you need.
Reed diffusers add a constant fragrance to your home without being over-powering.
As the oil works its way up the reeds, it slowly releases the scent of the oil into the air.
The bottles of oil are fairly small, but a 4 – 8 oz bottle will typically last around 3 – 8 months. (If the scent starts to weaken before then, simply flip the reed sticks over so the bottom of the stick is now at the top.)
Reed diffusers don’t typically give as strong of a scent as candles, but they last far longer than a candle does. Where a candle will only smell when it’s lit, reed diffusers will continue to give off a scent until the oil runs out, which, depending on the size you get, usually isn’t for 3 – 8 months.
Reed diffusers are a safer option than candles as you don’t have to worry about them catching anything on fire – your biggest concern would be them tipping over and spilling oil (which is a MUCH smaller problem than a fire).
If you want your house to feel, look, and smell like a spa, a reed diffuser is probably your best option.
Essential Oil Diffusers heat up different oils with water and let them out as a steam, filling the air with their scents.
Like a reed diffuser, an essential oil diffuser won’t let off an over-powering smell, but rather a constant scent that you can definitely tell is there, but won’t give you a headache because it’s so strong.
There are dozens upon dozens of different smelling oils that you can get for your essential oil diffuser – and on top of just smelling good, most of the oils have some sort of health benefit to them.
Some oils are stress-relieving, take away headaches, boost energy levels, help with digestion, help with concentration, reduce anxiety, help you relax, fight infections, boost immunity, and many other things.
Most essential oils are extracted from plants by steam distillation, so they contain the plant’s natural smell, scent, and flavor (so you can rest assured knowing you aren’t pumping your house full of chemicals or toxins just to make it smell good).
I am by no means an essential oils expert, but I have learned through some research, and from talking with friends who are essential oil distributors, the many different ways that essential oils can be used – and it’s pretty amazing.
I am a HUGE fan of this oil. It helps you sleep better, is anti-inflammatory, helps with anxiety and depression, and helps treat insomnia.
Needless to say, using an essential oil diffuser to make your house smell good is one of my favorite methods.
3. Stovetop scents
So, if you don’t have those diffusers, either, and aren’t interested in purchasing them, stovetop scents may be the way to go for you.
If you have a pot and a couple of ingredients, you’re all set. There’s nothing fancy about stovetop scents, but boy, do they ever work well in making a house smell good.
In fact, I just made my favorite stovetop blend (you can find the recipe below) and walked to the back room in our house to grab some stuff out of the freezer, and I could smell the wonderful vanilla-y scent all the way back there.
This method does not fail.
If you do a quick internet search for stovetop blends you will find there are hundreds upon hundreds of different concoctions you can use to make different scents.
My favorite concoction is a simple vanilla, cinnamon, cloves scent that makes your house feel and smell cozy and welcoming.
Here’s the recipe:
- 3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or substitute with powder vanilla and use about half as much)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (or whole cloves if that’s what you have)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
Add everything together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer. After just a few short minutes you will notice your whole house has been filled with this wonderful scent.
Be sure you check the water level in the pot every once in a while as you do not want all the water to evaporate. Add more water as needed.
There are also other scents that you can create, including citrus, herbs, and much more.
Using stove top fragrances is a safe, natural way to make your house smell good, and it just happens to be one of my favorites.
It usually isn’t long after I set a pot of wonderful smelling ingredients on the stove top that I get the urge to bake something – and that helps add another wonderful smell to our house, also.
4. Wax Melts
Wax melts work in a similar way to essential oil diffusers, in that they use a heat source to release certain scents into the air, though they are pretty close in conjunction with candles.
Wax melts are flame-free, but they do have hot, liquid wax on their top so you will want to be sure they are up high enough that they can’t get knocked over or have little fingers put in the wax.
Wax melts help make your house smell good by using a heat source, when plugged in and turned on to melt a scented wax (the scent of your choice), and by doing so they let off an aroma into the air of your house, thus making your house smell good.
Be cautious when you are buying the wax for your wax melts, as some brands use a mixture of all kinds of toxins in their wax. Do some research and find some toxin-free, natural waxes that are safe to use in your wax melts so you don’t have to worry about breathing in toxins all day.
Choosing one or more of these 4 different ways how to make your house smell good will help you create a welcoming home – without all those stinky stenches – that is filled with the scent of your choice.
Do you have some tricks on how to make your house smell good? Maybe you have a favorite way how to make your house smell good that isn’t listed above – I would love to hear from you.
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