6 Tips to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

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6 Tips to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh and Clean

Sometimes we don’t even know our house has a less than pleasant odor coming from it because we are there all the time. Maybe when you leave the house and return, it may hit you like a wave and you begin to search for it’s culprit. Here are six things I have found that can leave your house smelling less like delicious baked goods or sweet smelling flowers and more like getting a whiff from a garbage truck–along with 6 tips on how to keep it that way.

Dirty Laundry.

Laundry that sits and sits can leave a room smelling awful, especially if there are wet items left in the pile. Wet clothes start off with a mildew smell that is hard to remove once it forms. If it continues to sit much longer, that mildew turns to mold. You don’t want moldy laundry stinking up your laundry room, or any other room in the house.

Tip: Lay wet clothes, towels, and wash clothes over the bathtub or laundry tub to dry before tossing them in the dirty laundry.

Dirty Carpets.

The dirt that accumulates in the carpet and put off a dull, stale smell in the home. It won’t be a strong, in-your-face-smell like mildew, but it certainly isn’t pleasant. This happens when we fail to vacuum on a regular basis and/or we don’t wash our carpets with a carpet cleaner, once or twice a year.

Tip: Dust a sprinkling of baking soda on your carpet after you vacuum up the dirt. Let it sit for about 2 hours, and then vacuum. This is something you can do if you’re on your way out to run errands.  The baking soda will help absorb the smell without adding chemicals into the air or your carpet. Once you vacuum up the baking powder, your’re left with cleaner smelling carpets and fresher smelling air.

Dirty Dishes.

Dishes left in the sink day after day (even if you’re filling the dishwasher, but leaving certain ones behind), can smell up your kitchen. Food gets old and smelly very quickly. Sometimes we forget about cups with a little milk left in the bottom. We’ll leave the house and notice when we come home when a wave of rotten milk hits our nose. That’s like the worst thing to walk into (except maybe rotten baby formula!)

Tip: Gather all dirty dishes from around the house every evening. If something doesn’t fit in the dishwasher and it has food stuck on it, scrub it off while it’s still easy. At that point, you may as well just hand wash it and put it away.

Dirty Bathroom.

Can someone say gross? I don’t think I need to go into much detail here. A bathroom not cleaned regularly (read: daily) will quickly begin to smell all kinds of disgusting.

Tip: Wipe down surfaces and toilets daily. It only takes a few minutes. Then you don’t need to worry about buying those smelly plugins to cover up the smelly bathroom.

Dirty Stove.

Leaving your stove to clean another day, especially if you have a gas stove, can reek up the house. Gas stoves always have the pilot lit, thus baking on whatever food is left behind. The smell can be an awful, burning stench. Then it’s a pain to scrub off.

Tip: Wipe things as they spill whenever possible. At the very latest, wipe the stove down right after dinner. Keep the kitchen smelling fresh by eliminating the odors, rather than covering them up.

Un-emptied Garbage Cans.

Forgetting to empty the garbage cans, even the little ones in bedrooms or bathrooms, can result in unpleasant smells. We don’t always remember what we throw into these cans, nor we do know what our children throw in them!

Tip: Empty garbage cans daily. Take them straight outside.


A Few Finishing Touches

A delicious smelling candle.

I love food scents, such as hazelnut cream, and I enjoy candles more in the fall and winter months.

Fresh cut flowers.

Lilies are my absolute favorite and I love having them mixed in with a spring or summer bouquet on my kitchen table.

Baked Goods and The Crockpot

Chocolate chip cookies. Fresh baked bread. A winter roast. Mmmm mmmm mm! Need I say more?

What other tips can you offer to keep our homes smelling fresh and clean?


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  1. Oh Christin, this made me laugh. Such a great post with awesome tips. I was totally nodding my head about the smell that isn’t noticed until you go outside and then walk back in. For us, it’s either the trash needing to be emptied or it’s my garbage disposal smelling awful. I’ve tried to get into the habit of emptying all trash in the house each night and also gathering up everyone’s dirty clothes before bed and piling them up in the laundry room. (At least they’re in that room instead of the bedrooms) I also try to do a load of laundry from start to finish every day, sometimes I even get two or three loads done. For the garbage disposal, when it gets really nasty smelling I’ll take a small clementine or a lemon and cut it into quarters. Then I run cold water down the drain, turn on the disposal and slowly feed it some citrus (peel and all). That usually does the trick. Oh…and for explosions in the microwave, heat a bowl of water with lemon juice squeezed in it inside the microwave. Then immediately wipe it down. The food wipes right off, no scrubbing. We also make beds every morning and part of my morning routine is to empty the dishwasher so we can load dirty dishes from the day straight into it. Then after the dinner dishes are loaded I start the dishwasher. I’m pretty sure I start getting a nervous twitch when there are dishes in the sink or countertops needing wiped down. I can thank my mother for that since my primary chore growing up was kitchen duty. Lol! :)

    • Christin says:

      Oh yes! The garbage disposal can definitely get gross! Love your idea to feed it some citrus. That’s brilliant! I love that all these tips are natural and not chemically based, too!

      Thanks for stopping in sweet friend, and sharing your tips and routine!!

  2. Yay! Great practical tips. I always feel like my house smells weird. I think leaving our shoes on a mat by the front door doesn’t help ;)

    • Christin says:

      Ha!! Yea, that could do it! I may need to do a part 2 with all these other smelly things that can be remedied, eh? :)

  3. And if something is just plain stinky, 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil is like magic.

  4. Wow…I hope my house doesn’t smell awful! lol! My carpets are due to be cleaned (we do clean them a few times a year though) I have a GIANT pile of laundry to do…as usual, and the trash could be changed, and I have dishes to do…hey, at least the bathroom is clean! hahaha Thanks for all the tips, I definitely will be using them!

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