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How To Make Your Home Smell Great

Updated on December 1, 2013

Regardless of how hard we each may try odors in the home seem to get the better of us occasionally, usually followed by our addressing the current odor rather than the real root of the problem To make your home smell great a systematic approach that can be responsive to eliminate odors from building up is necessary. While spraying scented aerosol air fresheners and other quick fixes may make an immediate and temporary impact, they rarely correct the problem and are not a particularly healthy way to go. To make a permanent upgrade in the air quality of your home takes a small amount of effort, but once it becomes part of your living routine both time and the expenditure of energy is minimal.

The first step to make your home smell great is to designate at least two months each year as "cleaning month". Don't worry, it's not nearly as bad as it sounds on the surface. During each of these months you will perform a thorough cleaning of your home - most notably washing walls, windows, doors, woodwork and tile flooring while remembering to vacuum very well to remove odors that may be clinging. This does not have to entail twelve hour days filled with sweat dripping from your brow, just an hour here and there on a steady basis until the entire home has been cleaned. At least once every year if not more you should have your carpets, furniture and drapery cleaned as well to remove odors - professionally if it can be afforded, if not doing the work yourself will still make a big difference. The reasoning behind these actions is that many odors such as cooking odors simply do not dissipate, they possess oils that latch on to most every surface they come into contact with.

After these tasks have been completed the next move to make your home smell great is to give it a good airing out when possible. If the weather is agreeable open doors and windows and let some fresh air in and some bad air out. Turn on a room fan or two to assist in this with one fan drawing air into your home at one end and one fan pointing outward at the other end.

In place of using strong chemically created air fresheners try a more natural approach - a few drops of essential oils placed here and there works wonders in making your home smell great as do some potpourri and scented candles that remain unlit. The maximum benefit can be gained from these by trying to stick with a common theme throughout the home such as a floral scent or a citrus scent.

Lastly, you can make your home smell great by tending to bad odors as they occur and cleaning the kitchen soon after eating a meal that has been recently cooked. Tend to sweat stained clothing and shoes immediately by cleaning them and don't forget to keep your pets and their bedding and litter boxes tidy.

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    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      5 years ago

      very true....

    • Audrey Baker profile image

      Audrey Baker 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Nothing beats opening up the windows and getting fresh air in the house. Except maybe, as you mentioned, a squeaky clean house.

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Tracy.....

    • Tracy Lynn Conway profile image

      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I was never one for the Glade Air Fresheners and other similar products so I like your thorough cleaning approach along with essential oils. Great tips! Vote up and useful.

      Tracy

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Sometimes I use air freshners but I admit I do not regularly clean walls. Thanks for the tips here for keeping my home fresh.

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      Teaches12345 - essential oils are amazing, you'll love them if you try them! Thanks for the comments, much appreciated.

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      I agree, i didn't think about that when I wrote the hub. It was just so disturbing to see what some parents think is "good and healthy" for their children. It was part of a BBC documentary posted on YouTube that about floored me when I came across it.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      It is about time for me to do my spring cleaning, as you suggested. I am going to look in to those essential oils you mentioned. Sounds like a good alternative and it's more natural. Great hub!

    • Huntgoddess profile image

      Huntgoddess 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      A topic like that might attract --- how do I say it? People who are not nice, I guess I'll say. For different reasons.

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I'm in the process of checking it out now. My latest hub is on a lady that breast feeds her 8-year old, so I think I'll skip the photo on that one lol.

    • Huntgoddess profile image

      Huntgoddess 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Np, Thom. It's so easy with the Photos capsule on Hubpages. (No, they didn't pay me to say that LOL.)

    • thom w conroy profile imageAUTHOR

      thom w conroy 

      6 years ago

      Thanks so much for the comments, I appreciate them. As adding a picture to my hubs goes I'm still learning to navigate but trust me - they are coming.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Very good tips. Some people might overlook the fact that a clean house is going to smell good and vice versa. Should probably be posted on a lot teens' walls :-) Thanks. Sharing.

    • Huntgoddess profile image

      Huntgoddess 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for the info. Up, Useful.

      Unfortunately, I have no home right now, --- but I can still do some of these things when I visit relatives --- if they let me. Especially the ones who smoke. Furniture gets saturated with the smoke.

      I'm wondering how you might feel about including a picture of some sort with your Hub. Even a little clip art cartoon or something? (Plenty of free ones.) Those can really attract readers, I think. If not --- they're still fun anyway.

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