8 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing
In today’s day and age we’re surrounded by companies that market things designed to help our homes smell better. No matter if you have pets that taint the smell of your home or if you just prefer to be surrounded by beautiful scents all day, you’ve undoubtedly fallen victim to their marketing schemes. The problem is, with the combination of perfumes and other carcinogens burned while lighting a candle; it’s not particularly healthy for yourself or your family.
Below are 8 phenomenal and natural ways that you can make your home smell amazing with little to no effort, and for a fraction of the cost of traditional home sprays.
1. At-Home Deodorizing Discs
We all have those areas of our home that smell worse than others, whether it’s your front closet filled with shoes or your basement that may have older carpeting. With the help of at-home deodorizing discs, you’ll be able to not only absorb foul smells but to create a more beautiful environment to turn your home into something you love.
To make the discs all you need is baking soda, essential oils of your choosing, and some type of container to keep the concoction in. By adding essential oils to the baking soda, you’ll be creating a natural yet beautiful smell that will help to keep odors at bay. But, the biggest part of the project is the baking soda as it is a phenomenal component specifically designed to absorb smells and trap them inside of the crystals.
Be sure to monitor your essential oil discs because as soon as they stop absorbing odors or if they have lost their natural smell, it will be time to throw them out and to create new ones.
2. DIY Lilac Room Spray
If there’s one thing that can be said about all of these natural home deodorizers it’s that they will all contain essential oils. Essential oils are the most organic way to add beautiful fragrances in your home without having to worry about synthetic ingredients that could lead to respiratory illnesses and discomfort. This is the number one reason as to why they are the perfect option when it comes to creating your own room spray.
There are three main ingredients for your own DIY lilac room spray: water, vodka, and lilac essential oil. If you’re not particularly a fan of lilac or floral scents, you can opt for another essential oil such as something with notes of citrus or mint.
By filling a spray bottle with 50% vodka and 50% water, you can then add as much essential oil as you desire until you create the perfect fragrance for any room in your home. The best part is, you can create an assortment of different room sprays as long as you’re open to trying out new essential oils.
3. DIY Beeswax Candles
Most people don’t realize that although you may be burning a beeswax candle, the negative ions in beeswax can help to purify your air. Essentially, you’ll have the ability to create a phenomenal smelling environment with more benefits than a traditional air purifier – two for the price of one!
The best part about this natural deodorizer is that it’s simple to make, just like the room spray. All you have to do is melt beeswax into a mason jar, add a wick, and then add essential oil to the mixture before the beeswax hardens. Another great alternative is to add cinnamon sticks to the bottom of the mason jars before adding the beeswax, as their scent will diffuse throughout the wax, offering a natural earthy smell.
4. DIY Carpet Powder
There’s nothing more refreshing than breathing life back into your carpets but with store-bought carpet powders you get the overwhelming scent of synthetic ingredients. With a DIY carpet powder, you have full control over the strength of the fragrance, giving your home a luxurious feeling in minutes.
For this idea, all you need is baking soda, an essential oil of your choosing (we recommend lavender) and some dried rosemary. By combining all of the ingredients together and keeping them in an airtight container, you’ll always have the perfect deodorizer just waiting to be used. It is important to make sure that you add just enough essential oil to the baking powder so it doesn’t get too wet, otherwise the oils can damage your carpets.
5. Fruity Fragrance Pot Simmers
If you’re getting ready for a family function or if you’re getting your home ready for an open house, a pot simmer can be just what your house needs to feel homier and to smell fresh. The best part about pot simmers is that you don’t need any additional ingredients other than what you would find at a generic grocery store and you can combine relatively anything together to get the perfect fragrance.
Our favorites include citrus fruits with a little bit of mint so you have the warm and inviting smell of fruits such as grapefruit, orange, or even lemon with the fresh zest of mint. Pot simmers are easy to make as well, as all you have to do is add all of your fresh ingredients and water into a pot and allow it to boil for a couple of hours, adding more water when necessary.
6. Essential Oil Plug-In Refills
At some point you’ve undoubtedly purchased store bought plug-in air fresheners and even if you didn’t really like the scents that you bought, it doesn’t mean that you have to throw the glass containers away after they’re used. You can refill them with an organic at-home mixture that offers the perfect amount of fragrance for a fraction of the cost!
All you need to do is remove the cap from the glass jar and fill it with an essential oil of your choice and water. The plug-in will do all of the work for you, filling rooms with a beautiful scent that isn’t too overwhelming.
7. DIY Reed Diffusers
Similar to the mixture used for the essential oil plug-ins, you can also make your own diffusers entirely at home with the combination of essential oils, almond oil, and alcohol. You can easily throw this together with things that you would find at a dollar store such as rattan reeds and a beautiful glass jar.
By combining the essential oils, almond oil, and alcohol together, you’re creating a liquid that can easily be absorbed into the reeds. Many people love reed diffusers because they give off the perfect amount of fragrance without becoming too heavy.
8. Fruit Rind and Salt Air Fresheners
Not everyone has the time to put together homemade sprays, plug-in fragrances, and pot simmers, but everyone surely has the time to whip together a fruit rind and salt air freshener. Even if you’re working with minimal ingredients, you can create a fruity sensation that will fill your home with joy. All you need to do is remove the center of a fruit, leaving the rind behind. You can then fill the rind with sea salt, which is another phenomenal odor-absorbing ingredient.
DIY Natural Air Fresheners are Easy!
By taking a couple of minutes of your time, you’ll be well on your way to transforming your home from stale and bland to lively and comforting. With the help of the right essential oils and other natural ingredients such as dried herbs, you can finally love the home you’re living in.