Tips For a Great Smelling Home

Below is a YouTube video from that goes over the following five tips for a great smelling home:emoticon smelling a rose

  1. Open home windows when possible
  2. Use essential oils in the cardboard of the toilet tissue roll
  3. Sprinkle baking soda in the trash bag
  4. Periodically wipe the walls of the home using soap and a magic eraser
  5. Leave a small bowl of vinegar out overnight to eliminate cooking smells

The website/blog is very nice. It includes cleaning and recipes and crafting and entertaining tips. Also, it has printables such as cleaning schedules and meal planning checklists.

Here are some other tips found on Pinterest and YouTube for a great smelling home:

  • on a stove simmer a few sprigs of rosemary, lemon slices, and a teaspoon of vanilla (this recipe is used at William Sonoma Home stores), another possible combination is simmering water, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels
  • use a freshener spray for spritzing the toilet bowl (e.g.
  • make your own air freshener with 30 or so drops of essential oils (such as lemon and lavender) to every cup or two of water, be careful not to overuse as I tried this and the oils can make the floor slippery,  can just spray around room(s), can also water and vinegarspray a mixture of one part vinegar to five parts water
  • clean drains with baking soda and vinegar, ideally let water run first then add baking soda and let sit for a few minutes, then add enough vinegar to remove the baking soda. Baking soda will fizz and dissolve down the drain with the vinegar.
  • when dusting spray a wet towel or duster with a homemade essential oil air freshener or water/vinegar mixture mentioned above. There is also a nice five ingredient dusting spray at It includes three essential oils, apple cider vinegar and vegetable glycerine.
  • use a natural candle
  • make a rug deodorizer with baking soda and borax, mix in a jar add essential oils such as tea tree oil, let sit on carpet for a while and then vacuum up
  • make your own potpourri, combine spices such as nutmeg, anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and sprinkle with vanilla extract and place in a decorative bowl near a sink or on a table or near a sink
  • place sachets filled with potpourri in sock drawers, towel storage or places that need it
  • coffee grounds and vanilla on a cotton ball absorb odors and scent the home respectively, the vanilla cotton ball can be placed in a vacuum bag to make the home smell like vanilla
  • vodka does not leave a smell, but kills bacteria and mold, use on a sponge around the kitchen and or spritz on stale smelling garments (after testing a small area on the garment(s))
  • spray a tea tree oil and water mixture (30 drops to one cup of water) on bathroom walls/shower curtains to help with bacteria and mold
  • place baking soda in fridge and wipe inside of fridge with water and vinegar periodically and when spot cleaning, can also place baking soda in bottom of the dishwasher


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5 thoughts on “Tips For a Great Smelling Home

  1. Houseplants are also good for cleaning the air. I have this listed under the cleaning section of this blog. When you click on a topic it has a page that includes tips and advice and then the drop down list is hopefully self explanatory. Some good houseplants include Sansevieria (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, Snake Plant or Moonshine), Spider Plant, Chinese Evergreen, Peace Lily, Rubber Plant, Weeping Fig and Lady Palm. I found some good information and articles for houseplants online at and Remember to use room temperature water with houseplants as cold water could shock and kill them.

    1. Another good blog is It includes information on The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) studies with plants in test chambers and Dr. Bill Wolverton’s book and experiments and list of his top 50 effective plants for air quality.

  2. Also, if you are able to buy one, an essential oil diffuser works great for freshening the air. It is a natural and non-chemical way to freshen the air. Certainly, it should cause a few compliments. Some essential oil scents that help deodorize the air well are lemon and or eucalyptus. Dr Axe and AromaWeb have some good essential oil information.

    1. Recently, I have come across a few articles that certain essential oils in a diffuser are basically poisonous to cats causing dizziness and respiratory irritation and breathing issues and other symptoms.

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