One of the biggest downsides of apartment living is how easy smells can travel. If I’m frying food or cooking with strong scents, the smell permeates our entire house and latches on to our couch, bedding, and clothes for days. It’s most noticeable when you walk in from outside which makes me so aware when we invite guests over. The house smells stale and the odour just lingers. It definitely doesn’t make for a pleasant home.
In warmer weather we can leave our windows open and the air naturally circulates, helping with any food odours. Now that it’s cold and our windows are kept shut I’ve found other ways to make our home smell good and less like garlic.
I’m obsessed with our Saje diffuser. We have ours running in the kitchen and it really helps to cleanse and purify the air. It also acts as a humidifier to help with the dryness that comes with cold weather.
2. DIY air fresheners
Chemical air fresheners like Febreeze may smell nice but contain ingredients that are toxic. It’s easy to make your own air freshener using a spray bottle filled with water, some vinegar, and a few drops of essential oil. Spray into the air or right on to fabrics.
3. Air purifying plants
Houseplants have the amazing ability to absorb toxins from the air and act as a natural air purifier. We have spider plants, snake plants, and an Areca palm tree scattered around our apartment, which also helps to add to the energy of the space. Bonus: they’re all super low maintenance.
4. Bowl of coffee grounds
I’m not a coffee drinker but I love the smell of coffee. You can set out a small bowl of fresh coffee grounds to help absorb smells and it works great as a fridge deodorizer too.
5. Stovetop potpourri
Heat up a pot of water to boil and add in your favourite herbs and spices (I have cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg going as I write this post). Bring the burner down to medium heat so that the water stays steaming but not boiling. Leave the pot sitting there for a few hours, adding more water in as it evaporates. The steam will help carry the scent and make your home smell amazing.
6. Bake cookies
Mmmm…is there anything better? The smell of freshly baked cookies from the oven is one food scent I can get behind.
7. Hang herbs in the shower
Tie together a handful of herbs, like eucalyptus or rosemary, and hang them in a place in your shower where they won’t get wet. The steam from the water will infuse the herbs and treat you to some nice aromatherapy.
Lighting a candle is a great way to mentally unwind after work and the smell helps calm the mind. Like air fresheners, the ingredients can be toxic so look out for soy or beeswax-based candles (beeswax candles are a source of negative ions and naturally reduces indoor air pollution).
9. Clean your house
A good cleaning can really freshen up your home. Taking out the trash, dusting, sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming carpets, and wiping down countertops take care of a lot of yucky smells lingering around the home.
What other ways do you use to make your home smell good?