The atmosphere of your home is created by a range of different factors; lighting choices, décor, texture and colour just to name a few. But did you know that smell plays a large role in the way your home makes a person feel?
Most of us don’t realise that smell is one of the first things we register when we enter a home, so it’s important to give off the right impression as soon as the door opens.
It’s easy to think that all it takes to mask odour is some aerosol spray you can pick up at your local store, but this is just a quick ‘fix’. Why mask odours when you can eliminate them, altogether? We say, the best smell a home can have is no smell at all!
So, if you want to get serious about breathing some freshness and life into your home, it’s time to get serious about smell.
Bad smells, be gone!
Take a walk around your house and track down any sources of unpleasant odours. It could be a smelly bin, clogged drain, fridge, or that patch of carpet your furry friend likes to hang out. We’ve got some tips (that actually work!) that will eliminate odour and have your house smelling fresh and clean in no time!
- Unblock those drains!
Blocked drains give off an eggy smell, which will stink up the kitchen in no time. To unblock a drain naturally and cheaply, follow the easy steps below:
- Pour ¼ – ½ cup of bicarbonate soda (alkaline) onto the drain.
- Wait 20 minutes and then add 1 cup of white vinegar (acid). The chemical reaction will lead to oxygen scouring the pipe.
- Wait a couple more minutes and then carefully pour a jug of boiling water down the drain to flush it out.
- If you still have a bit of a lingering smell, a few drops of peppermint oil will help to mask it until everything is flushed away.
- Deodorise your microwave
Mix 115ml of water with 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a microwave-safe bowl, and ‘cook’ on high for 2 minutes. Afterwards, remove the bowl and wipe away any moisture inside the microwave. This process helps get rid of food smells.
- Is your pet the problem?
Does your pet have a favourite nap area? Use bicarbonate soda to refresh smelly carpets by sprinkling it over the problem areas. Simply wait 20 minutes, and then vacuum up the soda and the smell!
- Freshen up your fridge
Tackle smells coming from you from your fridge head on by giving it a good clean out. Dispose of old left overs, anything that is past its expiration date, and seal food in containers nice and tight. But add a few drops of peppermint oil to a damp cloth and wipe over the insides if need be.
- Smelly bin
Beyond emptying the bin regularly, and ensuring that you give it a thorough rinse out when it needs it, make sure you assess the position of your bin in your kitchen.
We recommend storing the bin somewhere away from the dishwasher and other appliances that will radiate heat and moisture, as this can cause the contents of the bin to get smellier, quicker.
- The power of white vinegar
Did you know that white vinegar works well as an odour neutraliser? As odours tend to be alkaline on the pH scale, acidic odour eliminators (such as white vinegar) cancel out and thus neutralises the smell. Pour some white vinegar into bowls and leave in hard-to-reach (and knock over!) spots around the home, and after a couple of days you should smell the difference!
- Stay on top of housework
You should be washing clothes, bed sheets and spreads, pet beds and blankets, towels and throw blankets regularly as part of your household routine, so bad smells don’t have a chance to settle in.
On top of those chores, if you identify your couch cushions or carpet as the smelly culprit, it is worth adding them to your ‘to-clean’ list, and make sure they are cleaned regularly.
- Kick the habit
Think you can just spray some air freshener and light a candle to get rid of the smell of cigarettes? Think again! If you smoke indoors, the odour is heavy and lingering, and people recognise it even if it’s mixed in with some vanilla.
Smoking is proven to have long term damaging health effects for the smoker and anyone who is consistently subjected to passive smoking, and if that’s not enough to put you off, the smell of cigarette smoke is often regarded as a deal breaker for potential buyers if you’re trying to sell your house. Most buyers know the cost it will take to get rid of the smell, and it will instantly push your property right down to the bottom of their list.
The odour is very difficult to get rid of completely, and it is often an expensive exercise to professionally deep-clean carpets, sofa and curtain fabrics, as well as linen, mattresses and clothing, which all absorb the smell. Always try to kick the habit, and in the meantime, take your smoking activity outside and away from open doors and windows.
- Open all your windows and doors
Open your windows and doors to let fresh air flow through your home, as the best smell is no smell at all.
Time to dress your home up with fragrance!
Now that the bad smells are out of the way, it’s time for the fun part!
Whatever scent you prefer, try and keep it to a few similar notes only and don’t overdo it, you don’t want to walk into your home and be bombarded with lots of different scents that get all muddled together and become heady.
Once you’ve decided, use an oil burner, a scent diffuser and scented candles of similar notes to create a beautiful, heavenly-scented atmosphere in your home.
But remember, use these sparingly, as smells can become heavy easily. You want your home to have a clean smell of fresh air mainly with a slight hint of fragrance – so limiting it to a few placed here and there in your home should do the trick, and your home will be smelling clean and beautiful in no time!