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Smell is the most powerful sense we have, and studies have shown that it is closely linked with memory. A salty breeze might bring back memories of a beach vacation, while the scent of a certain perfume or cologne might remind you of a loved one. But what thoughts and memories does the smell of your home conjure up? If the answer involves mold, days-old food, or a smell most unmentionable, then it may be time to take action.

We all want our homes to be inviting to not only those who live there, but to our visitors. The first whiff we get when we open the door can make or break a person’s first impression, so keeping on top of your home’s memory-inducing smell is important if you want your friends and family to come back! If your home smells, don’t fret. Here are some tips on getting that first sniff up to snuff.

Remove the Culprit

There are several actions you can take to make your house smell great. The first step is to remove any obvious items that might be causing the smell. Remove rotting fruit, garbage, and old food that may be sitting around. Clean up any pet accidents by using cleaning products that are formulated to remove smells and stains from floors and carpets. Once any obvious causes of foul odors are gone, proceed with these methods to give your home the aromatic boost it needs.

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Boost the Good Smells

  • Stovetop simmer. Whenever you cook something on the stove or in the oven, it fills up your home with the smell of homemade food or freshly baked cookies. By putting a pot on the stove, adding herbs, and bringing it to a boil, you will be creating a delicious aroma. Try adding these ingredients to your pot:
    • Orange or Lemon Peels
    • Apple Slices
    • Cinnamon
    • Cloves
  • Use candles. Lighting a candle in your home can release a lovely scent to the surrounding areas while also creating a relaxing and comforting atmosphere.

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  • Get a few essential oils. Concentrated oils are very potent. Whether you’re using an oil diffuser or using oils from your cleaning arsenal, the aromas can create a wonderful environment in your home. Try putting essential oils in a diffuser, or check out a product like Cold Pressed Orange Oil to clean your floors, windows, countertops, and bathrooms.
  • Brew fresh coffee. There’s nothing like the delightful smell of coffee in the morning. Since coffee is such a potent smell, it easily overpowers other smells. Try putting coffee beans in jars throughout the house to absorb and overpower any other stenches that may be in the room, or simply brew a pot of coffee for you to enjoy!

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  • Deodorize your drains. Kitchen and bathroom drains can accumulate gross sludge from food and from bacteria that can cause horrid smells that will make the room smell stale. Use a product like these drain deodorizing sticks which will keep your drains free-flowing with delicious scents like lavender and lemon!
  • Create some air-flow. Every once and awhile, open the windows and allow the natural breeze to come in one window and out the other. Allowing air to circulate will rid your house of smells that might be trapped in your kitchen or bathroom.

    Your Home Does Not Have to Smell

    We're all human, and sometimes our homes develop undesirable smells. Luckily, there are many methods that can be used to fix this problem. Keeping your home smelling clean and fresh can sometimes seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Don't lose hope! Lose the bad smells instead, and cultivate a comforting and memorable scent of your own. 

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