For those who live in a busy home, you’ll be only too aware how quickly a place can fill with the kinds of pongs and odours we could all do without. Whether you need to contend with a bunch of kids, multiple pets, or even a spouse who doesn’t seem to notice the smell of his or her own socks, there are some natural remedies you can introduce around the home to combat the pongs of daily living.
Here are three natural ways to freshen up your home and create a better, calmer atmosphere for everyone.
Make Your Own Air Freshener
For anyone who has pets, keeping those household smells at bay can certainly be a problem. Regular vacuuming and making sure you keep your sofas and chairs clean is one way to stay on top of those dog and cat smells. You can also, of course, buy a range of air fresheners from the local supermarket.
But if you want to go organic and make your own, the good news is it’s easy.
Buying a diffuser for certain rooms in the house can help. You put natural essential oils in water and produce a steam that fills the area with some lovely smells. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that different scents can affect our mood and even our work performance. If you don’t own a diffuser, you can fill a spray bottle with essential oils and water and then use it on your furniture and carpets.
One area that can often get a bit smelly during the summer are the bins. Spraying these with a mix of water and lemon can take away those bad odours.
Put in Some Smell-Eating Plants
There are some plants that absorb bad smells better than others. Plants such as ferns and palms are great in stuffy areas and produce higher levels of oxygen. Peace lilies are a popular choice because they take little in the way of maintenance and are difficult to over water.
Placing a variety of plants in strategic locations around your home is important for a lot of reasons. They’re great for the bedroom and can help promote a better quality of sleep. Throw in some freshly cut flowers from the garden and it’s easy to keep your home smelling summer fresh all the time.
Tackle Carpets and Furnishings
Keeping your carpets and furniture clean and fresh is also vital and there are some natural ways to do this. Sprinkling baking soda on the carpets, leaving for 15 minutes and then giving a good vacuum can make a dramatic difference. Baking soda is one of the most powerful air freshening products you have in your home and has been used for centuries for a variety of cleaning tasks.
If you want to clear the air in a room and have a slow cooker, just put some water in the bottom, add a couple of teaspoons of baking powder and plug it in. And, if you want to freshen the air in the kitchen, adding some lemon and rosemary to a pot of water and cooking up a feast of aromas can transform the air for all concerned.
There are plenty of natural ways you can either add great scents to your home or get rid of nasty aromas to leave every room smelling great. All it takes is a little imagination and using what you have around the house.