While your home may not smell bad, it’s likely that you want to find ways to improve the aroma of your home or bring some of your favorite smells to your home.
The fact is smell can have a very powerful effect on one’s mood. It’s nice to create a fresh-smelling home for you, your family and guests.
The most common solution is to use chemical-based sprays that only work temporarily and expose you, your family, and your pets to chemicals in the safety of your own home.
However, there are many ways you can add all-natural scents to your home without the use of chemicals so that your home can be a true sanctuary.
Below is a list of easy and inexpensive ways to freshen up your home with all-natural scents. By all means incorporate several of them throughout your home.
1. Use essential oil room spray.
Perfect for fabrics throughout your home – pillows, furniture, curtains, etc.
While essential oil room spray (Amazon) can be purchased, it is also very easy to make at home. Simply add a few drops of your favorite oil, or a combination of a few different oil scents, to a cup of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle to spray throughout your home, on your pillows, or even on your sofa and curtains. Since the room spray uses only essential oils and water, there are no chemicals to worry about adding to your home.
2. Use essential oil carpet powder.
Like essential oil room spray, there are commercially made carpet powders. However, you can make your own carpet powder with natural ingredients to freshen your home with all-natural scents. Mix baking soda, borax, and essential oils into a container. Sprinkle the mixture on your carpets and let it sit for fifteen to twenty minutes before vacuuming. You can also use spices in place of the essential oils.
3. Use an essential oil room diffuser.
Using the same method as the room spray, make an essential oil mixture. Put the mixture in a small jar and add bamboo sticks or skewers to the jar. The bamboo skewers will draw the scented mixture up and diffuse the aroma throughout the room and into your home. The skewers should be no more than twice the height of your jar in order to work properly.
4. Simmer some of your favorite scents on your stove.
This is a particularly popular method of adding an aroma to your home in colder weather, such as around the holidays. Add cinnamon sticks, orange peels, and apples or pears to a pot of water and let it simmer on your stove. Add water as needed to keep the scent simmering. You can customize the scent using fresh herbs and spices based on what you want in your home.
5. Hang fresh herbs to dry in your home.
Fresh herbs, such as lavender, not only add a touch of rustic beauty to your home, but as the herbs hang and dry, they add a subtle aroma from the herbs in your home. You can hang herbs in different rooms to ensure that your entire home smells wonderful. In addition, mixing different herbs has the same effect as mixing different essential oils in a room spray or simmer pot.
6. Use fresh flowers – bouquet.
Whether you have flowers in pots to keep them going throughout the year or have arrangements in vases on tables, fresh flowers are a beautiful, natural way to freshen the scent in your home. Not only do flowers add aroma to your home, but having plants and flowers in your home can help remove toxins from the air in your home, as well.
7. Make potpourri.
If you keep flowers in your home, you have to deal with them dying. However, you can use your expiring flowers to continue the fresh all-natural scents they provided. Dry your flowers and then make them into potpourri that can be placed in decorative bowls on tables throughout your home or in sachets in your linen closet and dresser drawers.
8. Focus on eliminating unpleasant smells.
You don’t have to add scents to freshen and improve the aromas in your home. Another method is to add air-purifying plants, such as succulents, to your home. There are a large number of low-maintenance plants that can be placed throughout your home to absorb unpleasant odors and cleanse the air in your home. In addition, many plants are as beautiful as fresh flowers.
9. Make your own gel air fresheners.
Using simple ingredients like water, unflavored gelatin, and essential oils, you can make a gel air freshener that can add all-natural scents to your home and look much more attractive than the plastic gel air fresheners that can be purchased at the supermarket. These air fresheners don’t need any flames or heat, and because they are easy to make, you can easily make a variety of scent combinations to use any time you want.
10. Make your own baking soda air freshener.
A baking soda air freshener is similar to the homemade carpet powder, but omits the borax. After you mix the ingredients, place them in a jar with a vented lid. The scent will escape through the vented lid to fill the room, and your home, with whatever scent you chose for the mixture. Not only that, but the baking soda will help purify the air, as well.
11. Make your own incense.
Using your own mixture of herbs, you can make a loose incense that can be burned on charcoal disks to add the scent to your room. Since you make the incense yourself, you can choose whatever herbs or spices you want, and even make adjustments based on how the incense turns out. One of the advantages of incense is that it smolders instead of burns, so there is no flame to worry about.
12. Warm candles instead of burning them.
While candles are frequently used to add scents to your home, once the candle burns out, you have to replace it. Instead of burning your candle, you can put it on a warmer or in a wax burner. When the candle warms up, the scent fills the room without burning out the candle. This makes your candle last longer without sacrificing the scent in your home.
13. Hang an herbal wreath in your home.
Whether you make it yourself or purchase one, an herbal wreath is made from natural herbs, which can be very aromatic. Not only will the wreath fill your home with the natural scent of the herbs, but a wreath can be a beautiful way to add color and texture to a blank wall and bring a bit of rustic charm to your home decor.
14. Make an olive oil candle.
An olive oil candle is an easy DIY project to add all-natural scents to your home. You can mix a little essential oil with the olive oil to add fragrance, and use the mixture in a mason jar with a lantern wick. Like many other mixtures, you can choose the essential oils and combinations of scents to customize the olive oil candle to be exactly what you want it to be.
15. Put eucalyptus leaves in a vase.
Like adding flowers to your home or hanging herbs, an easy way to add a natural, fresh scent to your home is to place eucalyptus leaves in a vase on a table. Eucalyptus leaves have a refreshing scent that not only adds freshness, but can help eliminate unpleasant odors, as well. In addition, eucalyptus leaves in a vase can be an easy way to add a touch of color to a room or fill a blank space on a table.
16. Use tea bags like sachets.
Tea, especially herbal tea, can have wonderful aromas. Adding a few drops of essential oils to a tea bag can help strengthen the aroma and make a drawer or small room smell aromatic and beautiful. When the smell starts to fade, all you have to do is add some fresh essential oil or change the tea bag out for a fresher one. If you use a fragrant herbal tea bag, you may not even need to add essential oils.
17. Add natural scents to natural decor elements.
Pinecones can be a beautiful centerpiece on a table, particularly in the fall and winter. By adding a few drops of cinnamon oil or adding cinnamon sticks to a bowl of pinecones, you can have an all-natural centerpiece that perfectly complements the beauty of the season. With this method, you can get the smells you want without the obvious and unsightly plug-in air fresheners on the wall.
18. Paint wooden blocks or balls with essential oils.
Just as bamboo skewers can be used as room diffusers, painting wooden blocks or balls with essential oils will turn them into diffusers, too. Place the wooden pieces in a bowl or another decorative container to turn your all-natural scent into a decorative element in your home. Whenever you find that the smell is fading, simply repaint the pieces with essential oils to refresh the scent.
19. Take advantage of your fireplace.
If you have a fireplace that you use regularly, make wax fire starter disks with essential oils, spices, or other aromatic elements. The fire will warm the wax and release the scent throughout your home as the fire burns. You can even leave them in the fireplace when it’s not burning to add a subtle, all-natural aroma to your home all day long. Since these wax fire starters are easy DIY projects, you can easily customize the scent by using different oils or spices in the wax molds.
20. Open your windows.
Sometimes all you need for fresh, all-natural aromas in your room is a great spring breeze. If there’s a good breeze, open the windows in your home and let the fresh air blow away unpleasant smells and seep into every room.