First impressions matter, especially when it comes to your home. Once the front door is open, your guests are either met with soothing scents or unpleasant odours that will forever be in their memory. No one wants their house to be referred to as the house that smells weird. This isn’t to say that there aren’t everyday smells that tend to permeate the house and refuse to leave. For instance, any habited house is bound to have a smell associated with what happens in that house. Just because everyday living has a smell, doesn’t mean it cannot be reversed.
Numerous unpleasant smells can plague your home. Sometimes the stench might be from the most unlikely places; e.g. under the dishwasher where a piece of meatloaf fell last week. Whichever way, for every smell that may arise in your home, exists a couple of DIY solutions to resolve it. After all, our great grandparents didn’t have Swiffer and Clorox wipes to clean up spills. Our friends at http://ehmaids.ca compiled 5 amazing DIY solutions to keep your house smelling good. The best part about this is that they involve items you already have at home.
• Baking Soda: It is natural for any kitchen to have a smell but it definitely should not be the smell of rotten mouldy food or burnt toast and most of all not your trashcan. Everyone wants a kitchen that smells a lot like a pastry shop but that isn’t always the case. Baking soda is a good odour absorbent. To get rid of rank smells, place a baking soda box in the fridge or mix with essential oil to clean your trashcan.
• Fruits and spices: one of our favourite natural deodorizers include fruits and here’s why. No one turns up their noses at the exquisite smell of fruits, plus they really eliminate stenches from the house. This solution involves ¾ of boiling water, slices of fruits (we prefer lemon and grapefruit), a couple of sticks of cinnamon and voila! Leave to boil on low and add water where necessary.
• Homemade diffusers: all you require for this is a mug that can heat up, boiling water, a candle warmer and essential oil. Add 3-4 drops of essential oil into the mug with an average amount of boiling water. Then place the mug on the candle warmer. It is as simple as that. In the winter months, we recommend using Eucalyptus oil as it clears out the sinuses after a day in the cold and gives your home a mentholated scent
• Candles: some air fresheners cover-up rather than eliminate smells but candles are an inexpensive but ideal way to get rid of smells. Even if you have plain candles, adding a few drops of lavender oil can change the smell of your home.
• White Vinegar: like baking soda, white vinegar is one of the easiest and best ways to eliminate odours in the home. For carpet odours, mix white vinegar with water and spray onto the carpet. Placing a cup of white vinegar in a room absorbs the musty stench of that room.
House smells have a way of latching on to carpets and furniture but it doesn’t mean that with proper care, the smells cannot be eliminated. The best part of these DIY house cleaning solutions is that they all involve materials that you already have at home. Take back control of the smell of your house.