How to make your house smell amazing

October 14th, 2015

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How to make your house smell amazing

If you are having guests over for a barbeque, thinking of selling your house, or just want that dog stink to disappear, don’t use chemical sprays or deodorisers!

Instead, opt for natural remedies to make your house smell good this spring:

1.    Make a stove simmer

Homemade Autumn Simmering Potpourri source: Scott Veg on Flickr

Place water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, fresh bay leaves or pine needles, lemon and orange in a small pot on the stove or cooktop and let it simmer on low heat all day. The spicy scent will permeate throughout your house in no time, but make sure you add more water when needed.

2.    Use candles but don’t light them

800px-Soy_tealight_candles source: lindsay.dee.bunny on Wikimedia Commons

Store candles strategically in small areas such as kitchen or linen cupboards, so the fabric can absorb the scents. Bring the candles out when you have guests and place them near an open window or breezeway to catch the wind and push the scent around the room. Aim to use naturally potent scented candles such as soy or oil-based aromatherapy candles.

3.    Indoor plants and flowers

800px-Cuban_Oreganosource: HorsePunchKid on Wikimedia Commons

Keep a fresh vase of spring flowers from your garden on the dining room table and place indoor plants in every room.

The best scented indoor plants to consider include:

  • Scented Geranium
  • Arabian Jasmine
  • Citrus Plants
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sweet Bay
  • Gardenia
  • Stephanotis
  • Orange Jessamine
  • Orchids
  • Cuban oregano
  • Passionflower
  • Plumeria

4.    Bake something scrumptious in the oven

pumpkin pie source: Simon Law on Flickr

Turn on the oven if you have visitors. A fresh batch of baked cookies, brownies or something with sugar and cinnamon not only makes your house smell delightful, but feeds your guests too!

5.    Homemade deodorising spray for room and furniture

Red_Spray_bottle_1440426 source: Nevit Dilmen on Wikimedia Commons

Add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil/s (I prefer lavender and peppermint) and 1 table-spoon of baking soda with water to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on old furniture and in rooms that smell stale.

6.    Homemade spray to remove dog and pet stains

Dog_training source:“It wasn’t me, I swear!” (source: Moshe Blank on Wikimedia Commons)

Dogs hate the smell of vinegar and baking soda, so a mixture of the two works best. Make sure to first remove as much as you can of the pet’s ‘do-do’ with a wet wipe or paper towel before spraying. Baking soda will lift and remove stains and the vinegar will sterilise the area and act as a deterrent to pets.

7.    Homemade shoe deodorising spray

smell my shoesource: Barney Moss on Flickr

Add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil/s to a spray bottle with water. Spray both inside and outside of the shoe and wait for it to dry before wearing.

If your shoes smell terrible, don’t be afraid to put them in the washing machine and hang them on the line to dry. Make sure to place them in a large linen bag for protection and set the machine to cold wash. This is not recommended for leather shoes.

8.    Vacuum carpet with baking soda


Sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and ground cinnamon on your carpet. Wait for 30-60 minutes and vacuum as usual.

This is a non-toxic, cheap and simple method that will leave your carpets smelling fresh and exotic!

Adriana has been with Appliances Online since June 2015. She loves her appliances in the kitchen and has a keen eye for anything new on the market. When Adriana’s not cooking up a storm, you will find her speaking Italian or making documentaries for her Journalism and International Studies degree. Adriana’s favourite appliance is the Cuisineart 1.5L Ice Cream Maker. In fact, you can find her recipe for Vegan Mango Ice Cream on this blog!

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