Scents play a huge role in how we feel about the places we visit or where we work and live in. And with our noses being able to pick up to 10,000 different scents, it becomes obvious that you should trust your nose. If you are not feeling comfortable with the smell that you feel in your house, you are probably right.
But if your first temptation is to bring an entire arsenal of scented candles, sprays, stick-ons, and other air fresheners supposed to remove or mask bad odours… The Get Set Clean team would strongly advise you to refrain from that! Do not worry, the alternative will not necessarily consist of fancy and expensive green cleaning products. Fighting bad smells and making your home smell like spring can be easily done with a couple of natural ingredients.
In today’s post, our cleaning experts will give you a couple of tips on how to freshen up your home using ingredients from your pantry. That is right, we are talking coffee and vinegar, citrus and baking soda. These four, plus a fifth ingredient, extremely accessible and completely free, can be your best allies against the pesky smells. Allow us to begin with the freebie…
Fresh air will always be your best friend
All of our house cleaning sessions involve letting the fresh air get in. You should try it too, every single day. Sure, when the weather is nice, you can leave the windows open for longer. But just because it is a rainy day, it does not mean you will have to shut off everything. Let the air flow in and make the bad odours get out.
Citrus flavours will always please your nostrils
One of the most common tricks is to cut a lemon in half and keep it hidden around the rooms that you want to freshen up. Also, try keeping some orange peels on the radiator heater, in winter, whenever you are serving a fresh orange. Just the same, you can cut round orange slices, dry them out, and keep them in your living room for décor and scent.
Baking soda is one of your best, hidden allies
An open box filled with plain baking soda will soak up the bad odours from pretty much everywhere you are placing it. Use it confidently in your fridge, in the bathroom cabinet, sprinkle it in the trash can and in the trash bag, before throwing garbage in it. Sprinkling baking soda on mattresses, carpets, or other surfaces that smell bad, and letting it sit for a couple of hours before you vacuum it will also do the trick!
Coffee is not just for flooding your nostrils in the morning
If you like the smell of freshly brewed coffee, you will love feeling it around the house on a regular basis. So, get a plastic container with a drilled cap, stash in some of your favourite strong coffee, and keep it in plain sight to scent the room. Furthermore, you can use coffee grounds to freshen up your fridge, your cupboard, and even the microwave.
Vinegar might smell a bit pungent, yet it will banish bad odours like nothing else
Many people fear using vinegar as a green cleaning product because of its strong odour. What they do not know, however, is that the odour will go away in a few hours, leaving clean surfaces and a fresh scent. So, here is a great kitchen cleaning tip – if you cannot get rid of the burned food smell from your pots or kitchen, combine a quart of water with a half a cup of vinegar and let it simmer on the stove for a couple of minutes. You will see the difference that fast!
If you have enjoyed our tips on how to make your house smell like spring and get rid of the pesky smells, stay tuned! The Get Set Clean team has many other aces up the sleeve, waiting to share it with you…