We all want our house to smell like fresh laundry or baked bread. So try some of these tricks to keep your house smelling good even when you’re not baking.
Pottery Barn Hack
I love shopping in a yummy smelling store. You know when you first walk in and get hit with a wall of delicious smells and you just want your house to smell like that. Even just some of the time. Well today is your lucky day because it turns out that it is super easy to have that perfect smell in your own home. This recipe calls for water, cut up lemons, rosemary springs, and vanilla extract. Seriously, it’s that simple. You can simmer it on the stove in a small pot or for even more ease add it to a small crockpot.
You read right. Trash cans can even smell good. Here are 2 tips for eliminating odor in the first place and allowing your trash can to give off a lovely scent. First, If you’re can is already stinky give it a wash with soap and water. You can even use baking soda to get rid of the stink. Once it’s clean you can add a couple of dryer sheets to the bottom of the can before you place the trash bag in. The dryer sheets will help soak up any stink and give off a nice scent in it’s place. Then replace the dryer sheets each time you take out the trash. Another trick is to soak some cotton balls in vanilla. Then place those in the bottom of your trash can. Replace them as well when the scent becomes weak. Both of these tricks will help keep your house smelling good.
Homemade Air Freshener
We know that baking soda is our friend when it comes to unwanted odors. So add some to a canning jar with a few drops of your favorite smelling essential oil. The soda will help with the icky odors and the essential oil will leave a pleasant odor in its place. Be sure to make holes in the jar lid so the smells can get out. You can also use the jar as a shaker to shake onto carpet before vacuuming to add freshness there as well. You can leave these sweet smelling jars in the bathroom, dresser drawers, or linen closets.
Essential Oils On The Furnace Filter
Another place to put those essential oils is on your furnace filter. That way every time your heater turns on it will spread that wonderful smell all throughout your house. You can also purchase filters that already have the smell of fresh laundry or lavender in them but my experience with these is that the smell only lasts a day or two. If you choose to do your own essential oils you can continue to add more as needed.
A few years ago as I walked into my local grocery store I was overwhelmed (in a good way) by the scent of cinnamon pinecones. I couldn’t help myself and had to buy a bag wanting to have my house smell just as good. And it did. For awhile. Now I am left with a large quantity of non smelling pinecones. Not to fear A Cultivated Nest has a solution. With some distilled water and again essential oils you can have your pinecones making your house smell wonderful again.
There is something about being somewhere that smells inviting that makes us want to stay. Try these tricks to keep your house smelling good to create that same environment in your own home.