Have you ever been sitting in your home and take a big breath of air, then realize your home stinks? Maybe the culprit is the fish you cooked last night, maybe it’s your dirty clothes hamper, maybe it’s just a lack of air circulation in the room. The best way to get rid of odors in your home is to remove the cause of the odor, circulate outside air throughout the room, and create a new smell that matches the purpose of the room. Here’s how:
Step 1: Remove the Cause of the Odor
First, figure out what exactly what is making a certain room in your home smell bad and remove it. Finding the cause of an odor can be tricky, so here are a few hints:
Freshly cooked fish, an overflowing trash, and rotten forgotten food in the back of the cupboard often cause kitchen odors.
Toilet odors, an dirty shower, and clogged drains can cause unpleasant bathroom odors.
Mold and dirty clothes often cause bad smells in your bedroom and laundry room.
Step 2: Circulate Fresh Air
Now that you’ve removed the stink source, open windows around your home, turn on the kitchen ventilator, and put ceiling fans on high. This helps fresh air replace the stagnant air currently in your home, getting rid of dust, pet hair, and odors. Air out your home for a few hours, and it’ll begin to smell fresh and new. Now you can move on to making your home smell even better with scented oils.
Step 3: Scent your Home
Go to a local Body Shop, Target, or Wal-Mart and buy an attractive oil burner or diffuser. Now select scented oils for your home. Here are some suggestions:
Kitchen: For the kitchen, my favorite scent is cinnamon. Cinnamon actually increases people’s appetites and wakes up taste buds. Have you ever noticed a cinnamon smell as you walk into almost any grocery store? Grocery stores know that by smelling cinnamon at the entrance of a supermarket, you’ll get hungry and will be likely to spend more money on food. So if you cook a lot, cinnamon will increase your guests’ appetites and will make your home-cooked food taste even better.
Also try homey scents such as freshly baked cookies, gingerbread, and chocolate chip cookie. These will leave your kitchen smelling of classic holiday recipes and will add coziness.
Bathroom: Vanilla is a great scent for the bathroom. Its not cloying or overwhelming yet it covers up even the strongest bathroom odors.
Bedroom: For your bedroom, choose something sexy, sultry, and subtle. Pomegranate is my personal favorite.
Laundry Room: For the laundry room, choose something fresh and sharp, such as Orange or Fresh Pine. This will add a wonderful clean laundry scent to the room and tp your clean laundry.
Step 4: Burning the Oil
Follow all safety directions on your new oil burner, and never leave your burner unattended. Every couple of weeks, burn your oil of choice for 20-45 minutes in each room of your home. This will give all rooms in your house and immediate and lasting scented effect.
I have been using scented oil for a couple of years, and it’s still making my home smell wonderful. Remember, nobody likes living in a smelly home, and just by cleaning your house, circulating fresh air throughout your home, and by burning scented oil, you too can create a beautiful home atmosphere.