Forget the cost and chemicals of air freshener products. If your house needs a quick lift between cleans, check out these 5 DIY tricks to make your house smell great. They are simple, effective, and safe for your home and family.
1. Carpet Refresh
Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary and sprinkle on your carpets around your home. Lounge about with a book or your latest Netflix obsession. After 30 minutes to an hour, vacuum the carpets. This really gives your whole house a refreshing lift. And yes - feel free to ask us to do this for you on cleaning day!
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2. Plant Detox
Choosing fragrant plants will improve the air quality and odour in your home. and flowers, Arabian jasmine releases its scent at night, so you wake to it’s sweet smell. The fragrance of gardenias are another bold choice. Eucalyptus releases a unique fresh scent. Tea rose begonias do well without direct light, have a lovely fragrance, and are beautiful additions for rooms where you entertain. For the kitchen, line your window sill with fresh herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, and cilantro.
3. Diffuse Essential Oils
Essential oils have healing properties, and just smell amazing. This is a healthier choice for people with allergies and asthma. Use a diffuser to gently waft the oil of your choice throughout a room. You can also mix a few drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil into a small container of baking soda and keep it in the fridge to combat food odours. For the bathroom, sprinkle a few drops of your favourite oil into a few cotton balls in a pretty dish on the counter.
4. Homemade Air Fresheners
Skip the store - you can make your own air fresheners at home. Stick 5 to 10 cloves into the skin of an orange. Tie with a pretty strip of fabric and hang in any room. This is a great rainy day activity to do with the kids!
Also, place a few vanilla sticks in an oven-safe mug and heat oven to 250-300C. After about 20 minutes, turn off the oven and leave the door open so the vanilla scent fills your home.
5. Stove-top Simmers
Mix a blend of your favourite herbs in a small pot, over medium heat. We love cinnamon sticks, rosemary, slices of lemon, and basil. Bring to a boil, then let simmer. To help spread the smell, you can even carry the pot around the house and let the warm aroma evaporate into every room. A great time to do this is right after cooking a heavy meal, especially one with garlic or onions.