So you’re walking down the aisle of the supermarket when you get a whiff of a delightful scent. Suddenly you realize you’re in the cleaner section, but the smells are so chemically artificial, and you’d prefer a more natural approach. So how about trying these natural DIY tricks to make your house smell clean and fresh? Plus, upgrading your house to fresh garden status is beyond easy.
THAT’S SO VANILLA
Place two drops of vanilla extract on your light bulbs when they are turned off. Once you turn them on, the bulbs will heat up, releasing that scented vanilla smell all through your house, making it smell beautiful. Careful though, it might make you crave cookies or vanilla pudding!
GET THE URGE TO HERBAL
Boil a pot of water and toss in some essential oils, some fruits like lemon slices, and herbs. After three minutes, let the pot simmer. This will allow the air in the kitchen and surrounding areas to fill up with a combo of fruits and herbs like orange and cinnamon or lemon and rosemary. Sweet!
Mix 1/3 cup of fabric softener with 1 cup of hot water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Once the mixture sits and dissolves for half an hour, you can pour it into a spray bottle and turn it into a makeshift Febreeze which works perfect for clothing, drapes, rugs, and furniture.
THIS IDEA IS SO BAKED
Grab a mason jar, fill it with a half cup of baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. Then poke some holes in the lid. The baking soda will suck the stench out of the air and replace it with whatever oil you chose.
GEL IT UP
Fill a jar with 30 drops of essential oils and food coloring. Then, mix a powder packet of gelatin in some boiling water. Once you’re done, pour the solution into a jar and let it harden overnight. By morning you’ll have a gel jar that looks nice and smells great.
AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of essential oil until you get the smell you want. It’s so easy and you can use the spray to get rid of any smell in any room.
DEODORIZE YOUR CARPETS
Make your own carpet deodorizer by mixing ½ cup of borax, ½ cup of baking soda, 30 drops of essential oil, or 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Then sprinkle the powder on your rugs and carpets and let it sit there for 10 minutes before you vacuum it up, sucking any bad smells right along with it.
TRY DIFFUSING THE STENCH
You’ll need bamboo skewers or wooden skewers for this as well as a small vase filled with essential oils. Now place the skewers inside and allow them to absorb the oils and fill your room with the scent. Ahh! The sweet smell of success!
GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
If your home borders the woods, you’ll likely find plenty of pine cones around, especially around winter time. So grab a few and add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or cinnamon and place them on display in a nice basket. It’s easy to move and it looks beautiful.
WHEN GOD CLOSES A DOOR
He opens a window, or so they say. Do yourself a solid and open one yourself and catch a breeze. It’s really the simplest way to get some fresh air into your home. Plus, sunlight also helps kill smells, so let some light in.