Have you noticed that your home hasn’t been smelling as fresh as it used to lately? Doe sit downright smell in some places some of the time? Don’t worry, it happens to us all and it’s really easy to turn things around and transform your home’s odour from eww to aaah – here’s how:
Keep Your Drains Clean
Keeping your drains clean is probably the single most important thing you can do to keep your home smelling fresh. You can do this by ensuring that you don’t put food and oil down there, scraping your plates thoroughly before washing, and by having a drain survey conducted annually. If the drain needs cleaned, get the work done as soon as possible, so smells do not get a chance to develop and envelope your home.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are the saviours of smelly homes everywhere. You can put a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser for a pleasanter, more effective air freshener; you can place a few drops on your toilet roll to keep the toilet/bathroom smelling fresh and you can even put a few drops down the toilet and in the toilet brush holder to minimise any nasty stale smells. So, find a few you like (neroli, lavender, lemon, and bergamot are all great) and use them liberally.
Wash Your Towels with Baking Soda
One thing that can really make your home smell stale are towels that have not been washed for a while, especially if they are damp. So, if you want the place to smell fresher, start washing your towels after they’ve been used three times and add a cup of baking soda into the wash to really freshen them up.
Sprinkle Baking Soda on Carpets and Mattresses
Carpets and mattresses can get pretty smell over time because they’re so good at absorbing smells, but it’s pretty easy to get them smelling fresher again, Simply mix a few drops of essential oil with enough baking soda to cover the surface, sprinkle it over your carpet,/mattress and leave for as long as you can before vacuuming. It’ll smell wonderful once you’re done.
Put Tea Bags in Your Drawers
If it’s your drawers and wardrobes that are producing a pong, place a few herbal teabags such as aromatic chai or fruity cherry inside and they will absorb those bad smells while releasing fabulous ones.
Have Your Bins Serviced
If your outdoor bins smell bad, the pong can easily find it’s way into your home through open doors and windows or the ventilation system, so as well as ensuring you carefully bag your rubbish up, consider paying a bin servicing company to come and clean it up on a regular basis too. It’ll make sitting out in the garden much pleasanter too.
Place a Lemon in the Fridge
If your fridge has absorbed the smell of cheese, garlic and whatever else you’ve put in there, and it’s making your kitchen smell, slice and lemon and place half on the centre shelf. Leave it there for a few hours and it’ll smell fresher than it’s ever smelled before.
You’ll be able to breathe easy after doing this lot!