Do you ever walk into your house after you've been away, and you get a weird smell? That’s What your house smells like all the time to people who don't live there. That's because the longer you're exposed to scents, the less you’re able to notice them. It’s called sensory adaptation, or informally ‘nose blindness’.
They say that the actual smell of clean is no smell at all. But getting your house to smell like nothing is next to impossible. Between the pets, cooking and just living everyday life, you're bound to end up with a mixture of different aromas. However, there are a few smart ways to mask them without resorting to artificial room freshening sprays.
Sprinkle baking soda on rugs
Regular baking soda has natural deodorising properties, and it costs next to nothing. To keep rugs smelling fresh, try sprinkling a bit of baking soda and letting it sit for at least 15 minutes. Vacuum is normal and enjoy the clean, odour free air.
Make up your own room freshening spray
Commercial room freshening sprays aren't just expensive and unnecessary, they are also made with potentially harmful chemicals. Try making your own with water, alcohol and real essential oils. Spritz generously when you have company coming or when you just need a little pick me up for your nose.
Add dryer sheets to your rubbish bin
Bins get pretty stinky. Keep them from stinking up the house by adding a dryer sheet into the bottom to absorb some of the odours.
Stick votive candles in coffee beans
Chances you have some of those votive candles around. Make your home smell wonderful by placing a few let votives in a container of whole coffee beans. It’s a natural, safe way to keep your house deliciously odour free.
Decorate with eucalyptus leaves
Real eucalyptus leaves aren't just pretty; they emit a pleasant smell that can help to freshen up your entire house. Keep some in a vase in the bathroom for pretty and effective deodorising where you need it most.
The Vintage Avenue Team x