How to Make a Home Smell Good Without an Air Freshener


A home that smells good is more comfortable for those who live there and is welcoming for guests. Using an air freshener isn't necessary—there are plenty of other methods to achieve a pleasing aroma in your home. One of the most direct ways to do this is to keep your house clean. In addition, baking soda is a product that can be particularly helpful in deodorizing your home. Other options include baking, potpourri and candles.

Things You Can Do

  • Keep your home clean. Cleaning regularly will help prevent unwelcome aromas.

  • Employ the use of baking soda—a simple way to deodorize your home without leaving a chemical smell. You can sprinkle it on carpets before vacuuming, sprinkle it in shoes, put an open box in enclosed places (such as closets, refrigerators and freezers) or use it as a cleaning agent.

  • Bake something. Cookies, bread, cake, cinnamon rolls or brownies—almost any type of baked good will fill your home with a comfortable, welcoming smell.

  • Burn a candle. You can find an endless variety of candle fragrances in stores and online. Simply choose a scent you enjoy, light the wick and you will have almost instantly added a pleasant aroma to your home.

  • Use potpourri. There are several scents available to purchase—pick one you like and place some of it in a decorative bowl for a simple way of adding a new fragrance to a room.

Another Option: Make Your Own Simmering Potpourri

  • Choose your ingredients: Recipes often call for ingredients such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, almond extract, nutmeg, oranges, bay leaves, cloves, lemon or apple.

  • Place the ingredients of your choosing into a small pan with water.

  • Simmer over low heat.

  • Regularly monitor the water level and refill as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • For best candle performance, trim the wick to 1/4 inch before lighting. This helps prevent the wick from smoking.
  • A potpourri crock pot or a small crock pot may be used instead of a small pan when making your own potpourri.
  • Avoid lighting candles near flammable items.
  • Always be within eyeshot of the candle while it is lit; do not leave it unattended.
  • If you have children around when you have either a candle lit or homemade potpourri simmering, keep it out of their reach.

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