We all love our very own signature scent. The perfect parfum fragrance that epitomises our personality and tells so much about who we are. If asked "what's your home signature scent?"; what would it would be?
Would it be just-baked choc chip cookies? Soft lavender & white tea? The smooth scent of freshly roasted coffee?
Or would you squirm inside from the embarrassment that your real answer would be Kitty Litter? Possibly dirty laundry? Or even last night's curry dinner?
Well do not despair! We've pulled together some of our very best hacks to deodorise and then fragrance your home to make it a welcoming sanctuary for all who enter.
Just as with personal hygiene, there is no point covering up a bad smell without getting to the bottom of the problem first.
You could move straight to harsh chemicals which are terrible for the environment and weaken our immune systems or go down the DIY route which is cheaper, healthier and better for everyone. Here is our favourite DIY all-purpose spray cleaner. Once you try this you will never go back to the conventional all-purpose spray.
You will need:
- Spray bottle
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 10 drops of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil (both work magic!)
- Water to fill the rest of the bottle
- Juice of 1 lemon (optional)
* Eucalyptus Oil and Tea Tree Oil are naturally antibacterial and insect repelling
* White vinegar cuts straight through grease and grime, dissolving mineral deposits, lifting stains, and breaking down odours
* Baking Soda is a powerful deodorizer and stain remover with anti-bacterial properties.
Now that your home is thoroughly cleansed of all the odour causing bacteria, you can have some fun with adding the fragrance. These are our three favourite, super easy DIY projects to make your home smell incredible!
You know that smell the day after you've cooked a gourmet dinner that comes from the kitchen and lingers throughout the whole home, making everything smell like garlic and onion breath? Unfortunately, that smell is almost inevitable as it comes from the steam of your cooking which touches everything in the room and deposits it's scent. Well the good news is we can replicate that process by cooking down our favourite fresh citruses and herbs. This works especially well while cleaning the home as you usually have some time to potter around the stove.
Adding just a few sprigs of rosemary, a teaspoon of vanilla and a couple of citrus slices to a pot of water allows you to simmer a wonderful smelling concoction that will leave your entire home smelling great. Just remember to check the pot periodically to ensure that there is enough liquid to keep it from burning. A few recipe ideas are below.
Recipe #1: Cinnamon sticks, Apple peels, Orange rinds, Whole cloves
Recipe #2: 1 Tsp. Vanilla, Orange peels, Poppy seeds
Recipe #4: ½ cup dried lavender, 1 Tbsp. nutmeg, 1 Tbsp. whole cloves, 1 Cinnamon stick
We love to use lavender because it's so calming, but keep in mind that you can use any essential oil scent for this. Some honourable mentions are: Jasmine, Rose Geranium and Peppermint.
You will need:
- 12 drops Lavender Essential Oil
*Fill the spray bottle with a 50/50 ratio of water to vodka
*Shake the bottle first, then spray. If the scent isn't strong enough, simply add a few more drops of the essential oil. Then spritz away!
The fantastic thing about this hack is that it does it all in the one go; using Baking Soda to deodorise the air and then Essential Oils to fragrance the room. These are so fast and easy to make and because you are creating the smell yourself, you can choose how each room in your home smells. Mix a few essential oils together to create a unique scent or just go with your favourites.
You will need:
- A Small Mason Jar
- Baking soda
- A few drops of your favourite essential oil or combination of oils
Let us know if you have any of your own fragrance tips in the comments below!
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