There have been a few times that I’ve been asked how my house smells so nice. I was a little perplexed the first time I was asked, because I don’t use plug-in air fresheners and I rarely light scented candles. I wasn’t intentionally doing anything.
As I thought about it, I realized there were a couple of things I did that probably initiated that question and I thought I would share.
The first one is obvious and you certainly don’t need to read a blog post to tell you this. But, I think my house smelling nice is more about what they are not smelling. I am a neat and tidy person and I do clean my house regularly and well. In other words, I stay on top of things that cause odors. I don’t let laundry pile up. I don’t let trashcans overflow. I clean up messes and spills right away. And I don’t let anything get too bad…too fuzy, too dusty, too dirty, etc. I clean it before it even has the chance to stink.
The second one is simple, but maybe less obvious. For the most part, I use a consistent scent throughout the house – lavender.
I use lavender laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, lotions, and bodywash. I use lavender hand soap, dish soap, bathroom cleaners, and kitchen cleaners.
I put lavender oil in the water in my steam mop. I use lavender water on linens. I put lavender sachets in our drawers and closets.
I’m not using it intentionally as an air freshener, but I just love lavender, so I have used it throughout our home for years (with a few other scents making an appearance now and then.) I think the consistency of using (primarily) the same scent has made the house smell nice.
So, just try it! Stay on top of things that cause unpleasant smells and use a consistent smell, whatever is your favorite, and see what a difference that makes in your home.
Do you have any nice-smelling-home tips to share?