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How to Keep Your House Smelling Clean and Fresh

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When weekly cleaning day rolls around, do you get the fresh smell you want from your efforts?

It’s time to remove that odd mix of odors your family and pets leave behind, and replace it with a fresh scent.

Here is a list of things to add to your cleaning routine that can help eliminate bad smells:

  • Dust your television, computer screen and other surfaces that get a lot of hand and fingerprint time with a scented dryer sheet. Not only will the air in your home smell a bit better, but the static electricity in your electronics gets reduced, too.
  • Sprinkle a light layer of fresh scented baby powder over your carpet before you vacuum. Baking soda can also work to absorb bad smells, but may require leaving it in place for a few hours to allow the absorption process to work.
  • Use real lemon juice to wipe down appliances, sinks, and smelly areas. This requires the extra step of slicing open the lemon and squeezing juice into soapy water for cleaning, but can’t be beat for the natural, fresh fragrance it leaves behind.
  • Find an essential oil that you love, and sprinkle a drop or two on light bulbs you use often. WARNING: The bulb should be cold not hot. Adding liquids to hot, recently used or in use light bulbs can cause them to shatter and send glass flying.
  • Create a bowl (or many small ones) of natural potpourri and place it throughout your home. Puncturing an orange with fresh clove buds combines scents and releases a citrus, spice scent to the air. Make more than one and place them where needed. The orange will eventually lose its juice and great smell, so don’t forget to remove and replace every few weeks.
  • Boil fresh cinnamon on the stove and then turn off the heat and let the cinnamon sticks simmer. Do this before you start cleaning and allow the scent to inspire you.
  • Use the natural air flow of the home to pull fresh air through the house and remove odors naturally. When a home is closed up tight all of the time and the windows are never utilized, odors can build up fast. Simply opening a window at the front of the house and one at the back of the home can pull fresh air through the space and push smelly odors out.
  • Increase the number of times you empty pet bowls, litter boxes, and trash cans. Anything left to rot or that isn’t covered can stink up a home fast. Leaving pet food out after feeding time is smelly and also attracts ants and insects.