Making your house smell nice creates a pleasant first impression and benefits your health. Fresh air and the use of healthy scents enhance your home and your family's living experience. Chemicals, chemical fragrances, mold, pollutants and stale air can create harmful conditions in your house. Commercial air-freshener products use chemical fragrance to cover odors, coat your nasal passages with an oil film or interfere with your sense of smell with a nerve-deadening agent, according to the Michigan State University website. Avoiding common causes of bad odors and selecting natural cleaners and scents creates a healthy, fresh-smelling home environment.
Prevent Unpleasant Odors
Improve your home's ventilation by opening windows and doors whenever possible. Allowing fresh air to circulate improves the air quality in your home and can help reduce stale air, bacteria and the growth of mold and mildew.
Use garbage cans with lids. Take out the garbage frequently to prevent sour odors from developing. Keep soiled laundry in the laundry room and don't allow soiled laundry to sit any longer than necessary. Doing the laundry regularly helps to prevent odors from dirty laundry from becoming noticeable in your living spaces.
Designate an outdoor smoking area if there are smokers in the household or smoking visitors. Smoke and residue from tobacco smoke permeates home surfaces such as window coverings, upholstery and carpets. Residue from tobacco smoke even coats the walls and hard surfaces of your home, so the odor lingers and is difficult to remove.
Simmer 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp. of vinegar in a pot on the stove to clear cooking odors from the air.
Keep an open carton of baking soda in the refrigerator and under the sink to absorb odors.
Create a Clean Smell
Add a houseplant plant for every 100 square feet of your home. Spider plants, English ivy, bamboo palm, corn plants, peace lily and chrysanthemum serve as natural air filters, removing pollutants and adding oxygen.
Clean the house thoroughly once a week. A good cleaning removes many common sources of odors. Use a naturally pleasant-smelling cleaner, such as castile soap in a peppermint or lavender scent.
Treat yourself to bouquets of fresh flowers in your favorite scents, such as lilacs, narcissus and roses. Float a single gardenia in a bowl for an eye-catching and fragrant natural room freshener.
Place bowls of potpourri in bedrooms, bathrooms, closets and storerooms to create a pleasant fragrance. If you have a garden, create your own dried-flower or dried-herb potpourri.