We're getting to that time of year where two different things are happening: parties are picking up, and the cold weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors. So… basically the perfect combination for some cozy aromatherapy! The fall season has so many distinct smells associated with it – like crisp winds, earthy leaves, fresh rain – and one of the most recognizable scent combinations is that of mulling spices. Whether you have a dinner party coming up, or simply want to flood your home with the scents of the season, this quick fall simmer pot is sure to do the trick. Continue Reading
Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.
Your kitchen trash can has to deal with a lot of nastiness. Continue Reading
As home décor and design enthusiasts, we spend a lot of time and consideration visually crafting our “perfect” home space, but how often are we actually thinking about the way it smells? From the psychology of scents, to removing unwanted odors, to incorporating home fragrance with style, we’ve created a comprehensive guide packed with everything you need to know to make sure your home smells as lovely as it looks.
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History of Home Fragrances
Craving a pleasant-smelling home is hardly a new concept. Continue Reading
Science has shown that our sense of smell is strongly tied to memory and emotion, so creating a beautifully scented home is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Today we’re sharing ten ways to give your house that Christmas aroma, using things like simmering stovetop mixtures, candles and even scented pinecones. Read on to check them out!
1. This cinnamon scented candle is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Continue Reading
Children. Pets. Power tools. Library books. Groceries. We ask alot of our cars…and, we put a lot of stinky things in ’em too. And with dark interiors and constant sludging back and forth, it’s not always clear how dirty they get. Well, until the funk happens. It’s like one day, you open the door, and sit down, and say “Oh, know…it’s here.”
Curbly has certainly featured its share of techniques to add pleasant scents to your home and person (here, here, here, here, and here), but there are those time when your home is ALREADY aroma-ed, and you’d actually rather give it the old neutralize rather than cover it up.
To that end, Apartment Therapy offers these solutions and others:
- Simmer a pot of half vinegar and half water
- Simmer a pot of water with lemon and orange peels
- Leave a dish of vinegar out on the counter overnight
- Saturate cotton balls with vanilla extract and let sit in a dish overnight
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Um…the fridge funk. Everyone gets it, no one wants it, and that box of baking soda your grandma (and I) told you to keep in there doesn’t always kill it entirely.
As a fresh alternative, Paulina sent in this idea to TipNut: simply cut the fruit out of an orange (lemon, lime, tangelo, what have you) and fill the rind with salt. “The salt absorbs stale and nasty odors while the [orange peel’ releases a
fresh, orange smell.” Continue Reading
Vacuum. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice in your vacuum’s bag before sweeping your carpet.
Extracts. Combine vanilla, almond, or other extract with a cup of water, and spritz with a spray bottle about your living space.
Vinegar. Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc, and let it sit while you’re away for a few hours. When you return, the vinegar smell will have gone away, taking other odors with it. Continue Reading
I really get into the change of the seasons, and though it's not autumn yet, it's gonna be quite soon.
I appreciate a seasonally-scented home, but dried flowers and nut-ish things don't really suit my design aesthetic. I have pretty bad allergies, so only the natural-ist of candles are safe, but you can't leave those burning for long periods of time.
So, is there a modern solution to make one's home autumnally-aromaed? Or a tricky way to hide the evidence? Continue Reading
Did you know there was a National Candle Association? Me either. Anyway, according to a survey conducted by the NCA, 75% of candle consumers say that scent is a very important factor when purchasing candles. They needed a study for to figure this out?
So Many Candles; Just One Nose
The surge in candle and candle scent appreciation has blossomed into quite the business. Currently, there are more than 10,000 different scents of candles available to the open market. Continue Reading