Help! My House Smells Bad!
10 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Fabulous Now1. Air It All Out
The best way to get the old, musty air to move out is to open the windows and let clean, fresh air come in. It's a scientific fact that old air and new air hate each other, and new air will always win.
2. Eliminate the Culprits
A bit more time-consuming, but you won't be free of the yucky smells until you've tackled the source. Sometimes, this can take a bit of sleuthing. Some of the culprits:
- Stinky pet beds/homes
- Gunky garbage disposal
- Unclean upholstery
- Damp laundry
- Ancient leftovers in the fridge
- Ruined produce
- Mildewed bathroom corners or windowsills
- Neglected oven or microwave
- Kitchen and bathroom sink drains
- Untended trash cans/diaper pails
- Dirty throw rugs
- Musty pillows
- Really dusty places
3. Burn, Spray, and Smoke Out the Smell
Candles, air sprays, incenses, or plug-ins are excellent weapons against bad smells. These products are the strong and fast way to bring some lovely fragrances into your home. However, to keep from being stifled by too much perfume, it is best to make sure all the scents are the same, or at least complementary. Too many different fragrances and your home will smell like a potpourri factory.
4. Cook Something Delicious
Speaking of onions, not all food smells are bad. In fact, I have a friend who uses onions to her advantage. She fries an onion up before family gatherings so everyone is greeted at the door with the delicious smell of fresh, home-cooked food.
5. Sprinkle Carpet Freshener Liberally
You can make your own carpet freshener or use a store-bought version. Either way, sprinkling the carpet and then giving it a quick vacuum can make a big difference in only a few minutes.
6. Make Your Own Potpourri
This is super-easy. You don't even need to dry any flowers. All you have to do is boil a pan of water on the stove and add items that smell great, like orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and essential oil.
7. Do a Quick Wipe-Down With a Household Cleaner
I recently discovered citrus-scented Lysol. It smells wonderful! I keep some diluted in a spray bottle and use it whenever I need a clean smell in a hurry (or whenever I need to sanitize something).
8. Let Your Washing Machine Do All the Work
One of the most wonderful smells in the world is freshly laundered clothes. Except, for some reason, it always smells better at other people's houses.
9. Use Cotton Ball Perfume Bombs
This is an old trick, but it really works to make your house smell good. Soak cotton balls in your favorite scented oil or cologne and tuck them around the house, out of sight:
- Between cushions
- In silk flower arrangements
- Behind furniture
- In the A/C panel
- In your vacuum canister
- These are little whiffs of pleasure to be encountered by anyone who roams around your home. Just don't forget where you hid them all.
10. Fabric Refresher Is On Your Side
You can use Febreze brand (or generic alternatives) to take the stink out of furniture, carpets, and curtains. The result is a fresh (rather than perfumy) scent.
Another great trick I have used is to lightly spritz fabrics with a bottle of diluted Lysol. Whereas Febreze temporarily masks scents, Lysol kills the germs and bacteria causing the odors, so it lasts a lot longer. The kind I use leaves the sofa smelling faintly of oranges.