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How to Make Your Home Smell Good Naturally All the Time

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Who doesn’t want their home to smell clean and fresh, right? But sometimes, our efforts to make our homes smell good jeopardize our indoor air quality. It doesn’t have to be like that.

In fact, if you’re consistent about cleaning to remove the sources of odor, then there are simple, affordable ways to make your home smell good naturally. Read on!

Add Living Beauty

Flowers are a lively way, especially if you opt for the fragrant ones like lilies, freesia, gardenia, lavender, and lilac and tend their vase daily so the water doesn’t turn rank.

If you prefer roses, look for heirloom varieties because the modern ones don’t have nearly as much fragrance.

Natural Spray

Freshen your air naturally homemade spray made by combining equal parts of water and white vinegar in a 16-oz spray bottle then add 10 drops of essential oils. Use it to freshen any washable fabric, too.

The acetic acid in vinegar bonds with the stinky molecules and breaks down their compounds, which neutralizes the smell.

The scent of the acetic acid is why vinegar smells so strong, but it fades as the vinegar dries. So you’re left with a home that smells great.

Safety Tip

Some essential oils are toxic for pets even in small amounts. If you have animals in your home, please use essential oils safe for cleaning around pets.

Simmer Scents

Simmering fragrant fruits and spices on the stove or in a crockpot is a wonderful, natural way to make your home smell good. In the winter, this can also add humidity to help stop static shocks.

To make a simmer scent pot, add sliced fruits like apples and oranges and spices like cloves or cinnamon sticks to pot of water on low heat, or in a crockpot with the lid off. Check often and refill the water as needed, so you don’t scorch the pot.

Something in the Oven

Baking cookies is an old Realtors trick to make a place smell homey, but baking chocolate granola works, too.

For a set-it-and-forget-it option, bring your oven to 350°F (176°C) and add a baking sheet with sliced apples or lemons. Turn the oven off and leave the door propped open to release the delicious smell into your home.

Shower Herbs

That long, steamy shower can make your entire house smell good if you hang a bouquet of dried herbs or flowers from the showerhead.

Some great ones to try are eucalyptus, lavender, and sage—but if you have pets, avoid eucalyptus since even steam-diffusing it is toxic for them.

Fragrant Gel

Instead of wax melts with unidentified ingredients, use a DIY air freshener gel made by stirring essential oils into liquid unflavored gelatin.

Added to jars placed in every room, it will make your home good by releasing fragrance as it evaporates.

Open it Up

Fresh air is one of the easiest and fastest ways to make your home smell good. Opening your windows daily for at least 5 minutes dilutes the buildup of harmful fumes as stale air is exchanged for fresh.

If someone in your home has allergies, do this between dawn and noon, or after dark when pollen counts are at their lowest.

A Dab Will Do Ya

An old-school way to make a room smell amazing is with a drop of vanilla extract or your favorite perfume or cologne added to a cool lightbulb.

When the light is on, the gentle heat will warm the fragrance and spread it throughout your home.

Coffee Candles

I’m a coffee fiend, so I keep put these candles all over my home and replace the beans when I can’t smell them anymore—usually about a month.

For this one, put a tall, unscented pillar candle in a hurricane jar and add a couple of inches of inexpensive coffee beans to the bottom.

When you light the candle, the sides of the hurricane jar trap just enough heat in to warm the oils in the coffee beans without melting the candle.

Pro Tip

Even though humans can’t smell the coffee scent after a while, insects can. So grind the stale beans and add them to your houseplants to repel gnats and mosquitoes.

Scented Loo Roll

Make your bathroom smell good every time someone uses it by adding a drop of essential oil inside the toilet paper’s cardboard tube.

The spinning action will release a light fragrance into the air. Try it with the cardboard tube on your kitchen paper towels, too.


Herbal sachets made from. dried herbs or flowers tied in squares of cheesecloth are a great way to add fragrance to your dresser drawers and linen closet.

Lavender blossoms, sage leaves, rose petals, eucalyptus leaves, and dried lilac are all fragrant choices. Add citrus peels if you like, too.

Cleaning Sprays

Your homemade cleaning products are another way to make your home smell good, and not just by getting rid of grime. Experiment with adding essential oils and you can give your home a signature scent. (I like cedar wood plus chamomile.)

Shake them well before each use to redistribute the oil, and store them away from direct sunlight and heat to preserve the fragrance. Cleaning time almost feel fun when you use it to make your home smell good.

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  1. Connie Smith says:

    Thanks for all the good tips.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Connie,
      You’re welcome!

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