Though pricey sprays, scented candles and other devices can help to keep your home or apartment smelling great, you would go bankrupt if you have to buy them regularly. But when your home or a specific corner smells bad, you just can’t sit doing nothing. So, what can you do to ward off the stink and yet not break the bank? The answer lies in some cost-effective and innovative ways to make your indoors smell great (some of these will bring a great scent while others will get rid of the bad smell):
- Use simmer pots to give your indoors a great smell: Take a small pot, put lemon and rosemary in it during summer and let it simmer to infuse your home with a refreshing smell. During winter, mix orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves and bay leaves together with some pine needles to make your indoors smell like Christmas.
- Leverage the power of baking soda: You can sprinkle a little baking soda on your furniture or carpet and deep clean them with a vacuum, which would also give them a nice smell. You may even leave baking powder cooking all day long in a slow cooker to siphon off the bad smell, if any, in your room.
- Use air filters/hack fans to spread your favorite scent: Add a few drops of a nice smelling essential oil on your air filter or put dryer sheets with a nice smell atop you fan. When you put the devices on, they will spread your favorite scent all around.
- Create a DIY spray: Either mix water with some essential oils or with lime juice and baking soda to create an effective spray that gives your home a nice smelling touch.
- Use coffee beans: Put whole coffee beans in a glass container and place a tea light in it which would make the beans warm, thus giving your home a fresh scent.
- Make sachets: Mix rice with some drops of your favorite essential oils, put the mixture in a cloth bag, sew it and hang in your closet or shoe rack. You may even use a mix of nice smelling herbs in your cloth bag to make it work.
- Use eucalyptus for a nice smelling bathroom: Hang a bunch of dried or fresh eucalyptus from your showerhead to create a nice smell in your bathroom.
- Get rid of stink with smudge sticks: Tie a bunch of sage and rosemary sticks together. Either burn or hang them to get rid of any unpleasant smell indoors.
- Create your own scented assortment: To create your own scented potpourri, simply mix rose petals with dried lavender. You could even arrange fresh pine cones artistically in a bowl in case you are looking for a cheaper alternative.
- Vinegar comes to your rescue: If there’s an incredibly nauseating smell sitting in your house that refuses to leave despite your efforts, simply put a bowl of vinegar which would absorb the bad smell. This is an effective solution when your home is extremely stinky. However, remember that since vinegar stinks itself, don’t opt for this measure right before the time when some guests are coming over to your place.
- See magical results with cat litter: Though it may sound bizarre, especially if you don’t have cats, cat litter works quite similar to baking soda. Put some fresh cat litter in a sock and then put the sock with your smelly shoes or in your mud room to ward off the stink.
- Use newspaper: You may consider old newspapers as nothing more than garbage but they can be one of the cheapest ways to get rid of bad smells. All you have to do is scrunch up newspaper in balls and put them in your horribly smelly containers to ward off the bad smell.
Even when you are a clean freak, nooks and corners of your home or some other places are bound to have the odors and stenches as they are just unavoidable parts of your everyday life. But don’t get bogged down by them. Just use these easy hacks to dispel stink from your indoors and ensure your abode smells great.