The Ultimate Guide to Making Your House Smell Amazing with Potpourri and Home Fragrance

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Home Smell Amazing

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.

 

 

Perfume History

 

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History of Home Fragrances

Craving a pleasant-smelling home is hardly a new concept. Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Refreshing Room Spray

Get your new year off to a fresh start by making your own DIY room sprays.

Currently I'm living in a two bedroom apartment with my fiancé, one large dog, and one cat. It's not a spacious place by any means, but I think it's just the right size for the four of us. The only time our pad feels too small is right about now: half way through the winter. It's the middle of January, and cabin fever is starting to set in. To offset the restlessness of being indoors, I'm freshening up the joint with a simple, quick room spray. Continue Reading

How to Make Your Home Instantly Smell Like Christmas

Time is flying by, and Christmas is already less than a week away! If the holidays have you stressed and you’re looking for a way to relax, or if you want to fill your home with the rich aromas of winter, we have you covered! This quick recipe makes a warm batch of festive aromatherapy to fill your home – perfect for holiday parties or snuggling on the couch with a classic Christmas movie.   

 

 

MATERIALS

 

  • 1 large pot
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon, broken in half
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • A stove or burner
  • Water to fill the pot
 
Watch this video for the full scoop on how we made this stove top potpourri!
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How To: Make an Inexpensive DIY Reed Diffuser

DIY reed diffuser tutorial

Inside: how to make a DIY reed diffuser to make your house smell amazing, fresh and clean.

You can pick up all you want, but the true indicator of how clean a home really is? The way it smells. During spring cleaning season, we wait for the days where it’s warm enough to open the windows and air out the house, and do some serious scrubbing to get rid of the worst odor offenders. And when all’s back to neutral, it’s time to fill your home with a fresh, clean scent. Continue Reading

5 Ways to Remove Musty Smells from Wood Furniture

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Sometimes making over a piece of old wooden furniture is easy compared to ridding it of its musty smell. It might LOOK new when you’re done sanding, stripping, varnishing, painting, etc, but it smells old! To get it smelling as fresh as it looks, you might want to check out these 5 tips:

  1. Try to de-humidify it.
  2. Sand and refinish it. (I find this only works if you’re willing to seal every bit of the piece.
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Make Homemade “Febreze”

Get out the funk with Instructabler killhannahfreak2’s homemade Febreze recipe. Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch:    

  • an empty spray bottle
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of fabric softener

The how-to is pretty self-explanatory, but a link is always welcomed. 

Commenter nikholemarie offered up her recipe as well. Here it is:

  • 1/2 cup laundry detergent
  • 1/4 cup, 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups of water

She assures us they won’t bleach out the fabrics onto which we spray it.  Continue Reading

DIY Thrifty Car Odor Eliminators.

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.”

Classic red car wtih red steering wheel, red fuzzy dice in the window and white interior, source: sxc.hu.

So, here’s seven inexpensive deodorizers intended with the unique interiors, shapes, and smells of your automobile. Continue Reading

How to Rid Your Home of Lingering Food Smells.

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.

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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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Keep Your ‘Fridge Fresh with Salt-Packed Citrus Peels.

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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.”

I’ma going to try to it tomorrow with my morning grapefruit. Continue Reading

10 Homemade Air Fresheners

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