It’s almost here-the season of cozy aromas like pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and maple leaves. So it feels like the perfect time to pay attention to how your home smells. What fragrance do you want to surround you the moment you (or guests) walk through the door? A warm autumnal blend? A fresh, clean scent? Whatever your preference, here are 5 tips from The Kitchn for a better-smelling home!
#1 – Absorb Bad Smells
The first step to a better-smelling home is getting rid of the less-preferable and downright stinky smells. Here are some of the top-preforming odor absorbers:
- Baking soda: Place a few bowls of baking soda around your house and change them out weekly.
- Activated charcoal: Not to be confused with charcoal briquettes used for grilling, activated charcoal is an extremely porous, powered substance that is produced when charcoal is treated with oxygen at a high temperature. In addition to absorbing odors, it also purifies the air in your home and controls humidity. you can buy activated charcoal pellets (often designed for purifying aquarium water) and hang the mesh bag in your kitchen or place bowls of pellets anywhere you need to absorb unpleasant odors.
- Distilled white vinegar: Vinegar binds with bad odor molecules, so you can leave a glass of vinegar out overnight to absorb the day’s cooking smells.
- Tea leaves: Dry tea leaves work just like baking soda to absorb odors-try it in your refrigerator!
#2 – Simmer Aromatic Fruits and Herbs On the Stovetop
Stovetop potpourri is easy to make and the perfect way to fill your home with warm, cozy vibes on a crisp autumn day. Shop your pantry and fruit bowl for any of these aromatic ingredients: apple slices, orange peels, lemon rinds, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, anise, nutmeg, rosemary, vanilla beans. Place your chosen ingredients in a large pot full of water, then simmer on low for as long as you’d like.
#3 – Roast Coffee Beans in Your Oven
Want your home to smell like a coffee shop? Place a couple of coffee beans on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes, then leave the oven door cracked open afterwards.
#4 – Diffuse Essential Oils
There are many different ways to diffuse essential oils to scent your home. The simplest method is to place a few drops of essential oils into a bowl of warm water (not hot) water and set it out in a room (out of reach of pets and children). Other options include terracotta or sandstone diffusers, electric fan diffusers, nebulizers and atomizers, and reed diffusers. My favorite tip is to put a few drops on a cotton ball and suck it up with my vacuum cleaner. Every time I vacuum the house, the lovely scent of lavender fills the air.
#5 – Light a Healthy Candle
Candles add incredible scent and create a nice ambiance. Bit it might be worth doing a little research before your next candle purchase to avoid toxic ingredients. Look for candles that are scented with 100% essential oils, advises Lisa Fennessy, founder of This Organic Girl, and opt for a candle made out of something other than paraffin wax; soy wax, coconut wax, and beeswax are good options.