One of the first things people notice coming into your home is the way it smells. When you walk into my house, I want it to seem welcoming. I don’t want you to turn and run in the opposite direction! We are so easily influenced by our sense of smell. It doesn’t matter how clean your home may appear, if it smells bad, people are going to think it’s dirty.
Air fresheners are filled with so many dangerous chemicals, including phthalates which can affect hormones and reproductive development, especially in babies. Who wants that in their homes? Candles, especially ones with lots of scent, can be expensive. Not to mention the danger of the open flame around children and pets or just forgetting to blow them out.
I love to do this to keep my home smelling sweet and clean and it’s so easy to do (and super cheap)! First, make sure to remove anything that smells offensive (stinky trash, smelly shoes, etc.). You just take the peels of 2 or 3 oranges, a little vanilla flavoring (imitation vanilla is just fine), and some water and put in a pot on the stove.
Bring to a boil then simmer for about thirty minutes on low. The scent will make it’s way around your home. It smells clean because of the oranges and like you’ve been baking something delicious because of the vanilla. Very inviting. Who doesn’t want to come in to a clean smelling home where yummy things are being baked?
This is perfect to do before guests arrive or when you want your family to think you’ve been cleaning all day (not that I would ever do such a thing).
A Few More Tips
You can take a cotton ball and dab a little vanilla flavoring on it and swipe it over light bulbs so that when they heat up the scent will be released.
This works on the inside of the toilet paper roll in the bathroom as well. Just add a drop or two!
Your bathroom is one place that you really want to send the message of being clean and sanitized to your guests. You can achieve this by pouring a capful of minty mouthwash in the toilet and let sit for 15-20 minutes then flush.
While you wait, wipe down the sink, faucet , and counter with the same mouthwash for a fresh, clean scent.
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