How Good Does Your Home Smell?

Sometimes life stinks, doesn’t it? There’s the pet box, your gym socks, or your children’s socks all begging to be deodorized. Smell is, if not, humans’ most powerful sense and good (and bad) smells tell us a lot about the world: what we should eat, even whom we should kiss. When it comes to our homes, if a space smells fresh, that’s a great sign. If the smell is bad? We feel uneasy. Unpleasant and bad smells actually send pain signals to the brain to warn us of possible danger. One of the most overlooked spots for unwanted smells is the fibers in your carpet. Other common problem areas include closets, cabinets, the refrigerator, bathroom, sinks, laundry room, garage, or basement. Plumbing can also be a source of the smell. If you have an odor that smells of rotten eggs, it is likely a dried up or clogged u-pipe. Disposals can also be the source of smelly sinks. Smoking will also cause smells to build up in a home.

A good smelling room/home is just as important as a good smelling person. Who wants to come over to your place when it smells like yesterday’s takeout and old socks? If you want your house to just smell like, well, your house, try focusing more on eliminating bad smells rather than covering them up with strong “clean” smells. Stop bad smells at the source. If you want your house to just smell like, well, your house, try focusing more on eliminating bad smells rather than covering them up with strong “clean” smells. Most air fresheners simply mask odors. It’s a better idea to keep them from ever occurring. Empty garbage cans regularly and clean spills right away so they don’t seep into fabrics and cause a sour odor. The easiest and naturally convenient way to make your home smell great is to throw open the windows and doors and let some fresh air in! Fresh air whisks away stale air and lingering smells. Then clean those carpets!! Yes, I mean it !! Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming. Baking soda will absorb bad smell. Then, add a little scented oil. If you’re serious about scenting your entire home, invest in a few diffusers. Simple reed diffusers are effective in small spaces like bathrooms, but an essential oil diffuser makes a much more significant impact in larger and open rooms. If you plan to scent multiple rooms in your house, choose a single scent for every room or think carefully about how each scent will work with the others you’ve chosen. You don’t want to confuse people’s noses as they move from room to room. Candles, oil burners, or air fresheners can diffuse a pleasant smell throughout your home quickly, most importantly, make sure you choose crowd-pleasers while choosing your scent and always remember a clean space can never smell bad. How well do you want your home to smell?

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