Sometimes you just need to know how to make your house smell good! These smell hacks for the home are the perfect thing to keep your house smelling good or fixing bad house smells as quickly as possible! The good news is that you likely have the common household items you need to make your house smell great.
How to Make Your House Smell Good
The other day I came home to a smelly house. I had left something extra nasty in the trash can and was totally regretting it. I immediately took it out of course, but I was scrambling to get the entire house smell out!
Fresh air! Fresh air! How does one little smell turn into something so BIG?
I searched around and found some awesome smell hacks to make the house smell good that have helped me in a pinch. I have created this list of my favorite ways.
Keep these great ideas around for the next time you are desperate to get your home smelling great. These would be perfect if you have company coming over!
Hacks To Make Your House Smell Good
The good news is just like with BAD smells…a little GOOD smell can make a noticeable difference. It is amazing how a little change can make the house smell good.
1. Change Your A/C Filter with Essential Oils
Make your whole house smell fresh with this totally chemical free air-freshener hack for your air filter we love using your favorite essential oils the natural way!
2. Car Fresheners Freshen Houses Too
Placing a car air freshener to the A/C vents in your home is a great way to make the house smell good!! via Krazy Coupon Lady
3. Brew Strong Smelling Tea to Waft Through the House
Make very very very strong tea. Use multiple tea bags in hot water of your favorite herbs (I like to add in some citrus peels) and keep warm over low heat or in a slow cooker. Later you can dilute it for drink!
4. Candle Wax Burner for Smelly Room
Use Gain Fireworks scent booster in your candle wax burner and your house will smell amazing. via Stock Piling Moms – this tip has gotten a ton of bad comments…please use caution and read all about it before using it at your house. You can always use a traditional candle wax burner to deodorize the air.
Related: Make Your Own Candle Wax Melts
5. Make Your Own Air Freshener
Make your own room DIY air freshener with natural ingredients and some drops of essential oil so you can make it the perfect scent for YOUR home with your favorite scents. We like to have a small spray bottle of this handy for your room sprays!
6. Crock Pot a Good Smelling Brew
The best way to kick stinky smells in your house by filling your crock pot with water and baking soda. via A Year of Slow Cooking
7. Homemade Potpourri Smells Great
Make your own fresh scent easily with ingredients right from your kitchen like cinnamon sticks, fresh herbs, orange peels and other natural pleasant smells and simmer in a small saucepan. At first it is your own stovetop potpourri, a personal simmer pot, but later you can use them packaged in mason jars. via The Yummy Life
8. Coffee Beans & Tea Lights Make a Scent Difference
Place a tealight candle inside a jar filled with coffee beans for a vanilla coffee scent which does wonders for removing unpleasant odors from the air. via Smart School House
9. DIY Carpet Deodorizer with Essential Oils
The easiest way to banish carpet odors quickly with this simple carpet cleaner powder that uses drops of your favorite essential oil.
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10. Vanilla Extract in the Oven to Banish Odors
Put a few teaspoons of vanilla extract in an oven dish and bake at 300 degrees. Your house will smell amazing. via Lifehacker
11. Dryer Sheets are Not Just for Dryers
A good idea is to quickly get the room smelling good by taping dryer sheets to a box fan. via Society 19
12. Stinky Garbage Disposal Solution
Need some help with a stinky garbage disposal? Check out this short video on getting the smell out of the sink drain and garbage disposal:
13. Stinky Washing Machine Solution
Washing machine odors can be not only annoying, but penetrate the entire laundry making your clothes stinky too. Yuck! Check out this easy way to fix a smelly washing machine. via Bob Vila
14. Stinky Vacuum Cleaner Solution
What if the unpleasant smells are coming from your vacuum cleaner? This is an easy one! Take some cotton balls and dip them into your favorite pleasant scent, we like essential oils for this and when you turn on the vacuum it will put you into a good mood…guaranteed!
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15. Try the Realtor’s Open House Trick!
Another easy trick that most realtors know is to bake cookies! I also like to set the bread machine because nothing smells better than freshly baking bread. One batch can make the whole house smell good making the most wonderful smells…
16. Essential Oil Diffusers
I know this might seem real simple at this point, but a very good option for adding a subtle scent to the room is using essential oil diffusers!
How to Get The Bad Smell Out Of Your House
After trying to make the home smell better without success, you might want to attack the root of the stink and make sure your trash cans are not only empty but washed out and sanitized.
Start with an air purifier and then assess these common reasons a house smells bad and has bad odors with some very doable solutions. It is always best when you can correctly identify the source of bad smells and then try these little hacks.
17. How to get Smoke Smell Out of House
If the source of odor is smoke, try volcanic rock. I know this sounds crazy, but this super smart and surprisingly affordable option can help when complete renovation isn’t an option. via Julie Blanner
18. Boil Vinegar to Reduce Odors
A common suggestion is to boil vinegar and allow it to waft throughout the house. This can also work for steaming clothing with a smokey smell. via Den Garden
19. Use an Odor Absorbing Material
Check out this list of odor-absorbing materials via NACHI:
- vinegar – white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, etc.
- baking soda
- coffee grounds
20. Add Essential Oils to Your Toilet Paper Roll
Try this genius idea to add some essential oil drops to your toilet paper roll to get rid of a smelly bathroom via One Crazy House.
21. How to Get Skunk Smell Out of the House
Getting the skunk house smell out is something I am more than familiar with! When we lived in Abilene, TX we had a set of french doors going to the backyard that were obviously not fully sealed. Repeatedly, a skunk who had entered our yard to drink out of the swimming pool and then find our dog, would corner poor Abby next to those doors.
What happened next filled the entire house with that skunky smell.
I tried tomato juice. And then the whole house smelled like tomato juice…not to be super weird, but tomato juice doesn’t smell that much better than skunk. I tried water and vinegar solution and didn’t love the vinegar smell either!
The home remedy that really works via University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources…
Homemade Skunk Smell Remover
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
Warning: Do not bottle or save this recipe. It is unstable and will expand (or explode), but it can change the chemical composition of the skunk strong scents which means your house no longer smells like skunk!
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22. Get Rid of Musty House Smell
This is also a hard one because the musty smell you have to make sure the root cause of the musty house smell is gone or you will never get rid of it. Or like me, you will get rid of it until the next rain…when the damp comes back in and wets the old musty ickyness making the whole house smell.
Steps to Remove a Musty Smell from Your House
- Once you are rid of the source, then do a thorough cleaning of the entire room/house.
- Use an odor absorbing material like vinegar, citrus, baking soda, coffee grounds or charcoal.
- Then use the tips in the beginning of this article to make your house smell better!
23. How to Handle “My House Smells Like Rotten Eggs or Like Gas”
Make sure there are no sources of fire on – fireplace, gas stove, etc. and open up a window.
If the smell is strong or seems diffuse (meaning it is not just in one small location), then get out and call 9-1-1 and then your utility provider.
That rotten egg smell is added to the odorless/tasteless/colorless natural gas to alert us about leaks.
So don’t play around with this house smell! It can be serious!
24. Place Candle Wax Melts in Warm Place Like Window
This car freshener bomb is genius for making your car smell good, but don’t overlook it for a sunny window sill!
25. Stop Bad Bathroom Smells Before they Start
This DIY toilet spray also known as poo pourri DIY is super easy to make and will keep those bad odors at bay.
Clean Smell means Good Mood
When you can breathe deeply in your house it goes a long way to making your house feel (and smell) like home sweet home! Making sure you have good indoor air quality helps lay a foundation of calm for your entire family which is a good reason to assess your house for a sense of smell.
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Do you have any tips or tricks on how to make your house smell good?