It’s really easy to freshen your home naturally, and with just a small amount of work your house can smell delicious, welcoming and really pleasant to come into.
Firstly… if your home smells bad, get to the bottom of the stink and either remove the cause or clean it. Clean things don’t tend to smell bad.
Some of our favourite natural ways to freshen the home include
- Fresh air – free, easy and plenty of it. Get the windows wide open every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. The change of air always freshens things up and leaves rooms feeling much nicer.
- Fresh flowers – for a home with a floral hit choose scented blooms like Lilacs, Freesia, Hyacinth, Lavender, Lillies, Peonies or Stock. Arrange them in vases in high traffic areas like the hallways, or by door ways for a burst of fragrance as you enter a room.
- Natural room spray – we love to mix up our own room spray, it’s simple and easy to change the essential oil to match the seasons. Opt for fresh uplifting fragrance like Bergamot during the summer and more warming woody fragrances like Sandlewood with orange oil during the winter months. You can also make a fresh smelling bathroom spray using antibacterial essential oils Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. Get the natural room spray instructions here.
- Stove top freshener – mix up a panful of delicious smelling herbs, spices and fruits and infuse your home with scent. All you’ll need is a saucepan, some water and some of your favourite scented ingredients. We particularly like oranges with cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger or a delicious smelling vanilla with fresh mint leaves or fragrant orange slices and almond oil. Experiment with stove top natural deodoriser and find scents which suit you.
- Pomander oranges – particularly lovely throughout the festive season. Pomander oranges studded with cloves give off a delicious warming scent that just shouts Christmas. I like to make little bowlfuls of these and add in some fresh pine sprigs for extra lovely scent. These are nice in the hallway or lounge.
- Scented candles, essential oil burners & reed diffuser – with so many lovely home fragrance products to choose from, it’s really simple to add some feel good aroma to your home. Opt for natural candles and aromatherapy oils where you can, just to cut down on chemicals. Choose different fragrances for different areas of the home, opt for relaxing scents in the bedrooms and more uplifting or cosy aromas in the living areas. It’s also nice to switch around your home fragrance choices depending on the seasons or occasion.
- Natural carpet and rug freshener – mix up your own carpet freshener using a simple combination of 1 cup of baking soda mixed with a couple of tablespoons of dried rosemary or lavender. Sprinkle evenly over the rug or carpet and leave for a few hours or overnight to absorb the stale smells. Then simply vacuum up. Be super careful not to use on damp or wet carpet though or it will end up a sticky paste…
Keeping your home smelling nice is always much easier if it’s clean and tidy. Check out our easy housework routine for more tips.