During winter, homes can become a bit stale. We keep our windows closed and open the doors only when we have to. An easy way to freshen up your home without letting in bitter cold is to make your home smell amazing or to have house plants which filter the air.
When you’re trying to get your home smelling great, it can be a challenge; air fresheners are very potent and some brands can even be toxic. Using herbs, fruits, and food items to create a pleasant smelling home is the best way. When selling your home you want to be aware that even good scents can detract from a sale. Consult your real estate specialist to determine if this is the best option for you.
Cut up a lemon and place it into mason jar with sprigs of dried rosemary and vanilla extract. Fill the jar jar with water and set several through your home. There’s more to it than just throwing a few ingredients into a jar, House of Hawthornes has a great article on it so you can have your home smelling great in no time. Two Purple Couches has a few similar recipes you can look at and use as well.
Lilac is a favorite scent for many people. Make an delicious smelling lilac spray using only lilac oil, water and vodka. Just take a spray bottle and fill it full of water and vodka in a 50/50 proportion. Then add lilac oil until it’s the desired strength.
Smells are often trapped in carpets and couches. Vacuuming and cleaning the carpets helps, but you can give them an extra boost by adding in some rosemary and lilac carpet powder. Just add baking soda, rosemary, and lavender essential oil together to make a great combination which keeps your carpets fresh!
Some people are very sensitive or even allergic to scents. For another natural way to keep your home’s air fresh and clean, try adding a few plants. You can add a fresh air element to your home without opening windows or doors, and without making allergies worse. They add a nice natural look to a room as well. There are many to choose from with a variety of sizes. House of Plants has a great breakdown on which plants work well indoors and how to care for them.
Having a home which has a pleasant, fresh smell is important, especially if you are looking to sell it. Keep in mind plants, and odors, may detract from a sale. So always speak to your real estate professional to help you find the right method for your home. If you are looking for more ideas on scents, Better Homes and Gardens has a great article discussing other ways to keep your home smelling great through the year. Enjoy picking out the right scent, or plant, for your home!