Having a clean and odor-free home is one of life’s simple pleasures, but at one point or another, most homeowners will have to deal with unpleasant smells in their abode. This is the reason why almost 80 percent of American households purchase air fresheners, diffusers, plug-ins, gels, and scented candles on a regular basis to create a pleasant scent experience in their homes. Having a nice-smelling house can boost your mood and relieve stress, and it also means having a healthy environment wherein you can raise your children. Using air fresheners can certainly improve the scent of your home, but did you know that the way you clean can also make a difference in the way your house smells? By eliminating the source of bad odors and lingering unpleasant smells, you can improve the air quality in your home so you and your loved ones can stay healthy and enjoy staying indoors. Here are some smart cleaning hacks to make your home smell amazing.
Use essential oils while you mop
Wet mopping can rid your floors of tough dirt and stains, and it can also improve the smell of your home, especially if you use a mild disinfectant while you mop. But if you want to save time and clean carpets and floors with one tool, then consider using a steam mop. Not only can the hot steam kill sickness-causing bacteria and viruses, but using this device also allows you to clean tiles, marble floors, and carpeting without using harsh chemicals. To safely deodorize your home while steam mopping, place a few drops of naturally fragranced essential oils, such as tea tree, eucalyptus, or peppermint essential oil on the pad of the steam mop before cleaning. Never put essential oils in the steam mop’s water tank as this may damage your device and cause it to malfunction.
Deep clean your garbage disposal
If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your kitchen, there’s a good chance that it’s coming from the sink. Deep clean your garbage disposal by pouring about a spoonful of concentrated dishwashing liquid down the disposal, add water, then turn the disposal on. If any bad odors linger, drop lemon or orange peels in there, let the disposal grind it all up, then follow it up with some water to flush out the smell.
Get rid of mold
That musty odor in your bathroom or basement is likely due to the presence of mold. If you see any black growths in these areas, mix equal parts water and bleach, and use this solution to clean the mold off of floors or walls. Dip a soft scrubbing brush in the solution, then go over the spots until the mold disappears. If the mold infestation is beyond your control, consider calling in a professional so they can trace the source of the mold problem and deal with it accordingly.
Add some indoor plants to naturally freshen your space
Bringing in a few indoor plants can help to improve the air quality in your home. Moreover, if you choose plants that can clean and purify the air, you may find that you don’t have to use aerosol air fresheners or scented candles as often as before. Clear some space in stuffy areas for a potted snake plant or peace lily, which can help to freshen the air. For intense fragrance, consider bringing in a spearmint plant, a potted lemon balm, or a night-blooming jasmine into your home.
Having a fresh-smelling house can put you at ease and make you feel better about staying at home. Try these tips to eliminate bad odors and make your home smell amazing day after day.