19 Natural Ways To Make Your Home Smell Wonderful

19 Natural Ways To Make Your Home Smell Wonderful

Smelly shoes, teenagers, pets, bins - there are lots of things that can make your home smell a little strange. Don't worry, I've got 19 natural ways to help you combat bad smells, and they won't cost you a fortune.

1. Orange peel candle

How neat!
How neat!

Here's an easy solution to a smelly room - make an orange peel candle! Visit instructables.com for all the details on how to make one. It's a simple and pretty way to get rid of smells, so why not give it a go put a few in a dish on your coffee table?

2. Smudge stick

Smudge away!
Smudge time

Many native traditions use Smudging rituals to cleanse the air and repel evil influence. Made up of bundle of dried herbs, a smudge stick is the perfect way to bring the smell of outdoors, inside. It's easy to make your own with herbs like Thyme, Mint and Sage. If you fancy trying your hand at one, check out youGrowGirl.com for the instructions.

3. Coffee candle

This is a simple and incredibly easy way to make a room smell lovely and all you need is a bowl, coffee beans and a tea light! Want to find out more exciting things you can do with coffee? Check out 21 curious uses for coffee you'll really love.

4. Lavender lemon candles

SO pretty
SO pretty

Oooh look at these beautiful candles! If you want to smell a wonderful blend of lemon and lavender, follow the instructions at Brit.co. For more lemon fun, don't miss out on Anushka F's 29 unexpected uses for lemons.

5. Potpourri

This would make a lovely present
What a great present!

An old classic, potpourri can make your home smell gorgeous, and can also make a perfect gift. This seasonal Winter Spice recipe from Julie Blanner is an easy scent to create at home.

6. Jar room scents

So good you may want to drink it... but don't
So good you may want to drink it... but don't

Keep your home smelling wonderful for weeks with these beautiful DIY natural room scents from theYummylife.com. Have a look at Anushka F's 57 exciting ways you can transform empty jars for more uses.

7. Cinnamon scented pine cones

Try this seasonal room scent and decoration all-in-one - what a smart way to save a bit of cash at Christmas! Start this project well in advance, as it takes between 4 - 6 weeks for the pine cones to infuse the scent. Follow the instructions at eHow.com to make your own.

8. Air freshener gel

Using just a few ingredients, you can make your own gel air freshener by following the instructions in the excellent youTube video above, from HomeHandyHints. It's a cost-friendly way to make your home smell fantastic.

9. Non-toxic & green homemade deodorising spray

More lovely scents for your home
More lovely scents for your home

You may have seen deodorising sprays in the shops, but did you know you can make your own? With a few simple ingredients and a glass spray bottle, you'll be ready to get rid of nasty smells in no time. Make your own deodorising spray using the helpful tutorial at myMerryMessylife.com.

10. Reed diffuser

Do your magic
Do your magic

If you've already got a reed diffuser, or you're interested in making one up for yourself then check out theMakeYourOwnZone.com for the instructions. They'll look great, they'll smell great and more importantly, they will fragrance your room naturally with pure essential oils.

11. Homemade Air Freshener

Freshen up
Freshen up

For a Citrus Mint Air Freshener spray, in an 8oz spray bottle, combine:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, rubbing alcohol or real vanilla extract
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil

This lovely spray was developed from thePrairieHomestead.com and there are 10 different recipes for you to try out, so go have a look!

12. Pomander

The Pomander works as a natural air freshener and a moth repellent. You can hang them up on display, or use them in your wardrobes and drawers. Grab an orange, stud it with cloves and hang it up - easy! 

13. Homemade deodorising tablets

They may look like cakes, but don't eat them.
They may look like cakes, but don't eat them

Absorb terrible smells with your own homemade deodorising tablets. You can put these beauties in the bottom of your bins, under sinks or anywhere else you might be concerned has a smell. For a recipe, check out stayAtHomeDaDIY.blogspot.co.uk

14. Homemade air freshener

all natural room scent
We can almost smell it from here!

Try this exciting DIY air freshener from House Of Hawthrones. It won't take long to make and with a little decoration it will look great. If you've got some baking soda spare, find out how one pot of bicarbonate of soda can clean your entire home!


15. Eucalyptus

Arrange bunches of eucalyptus in vases around the home, the leaves give off a strong scent which can make your home smell wonderful. You can choose from fresh or dried sprigs and if you put some in the bathroom, it will smell like a spa.

16. Vinegar bowl

If a room in your house is starting to smell a bit strange, grab a bowl, fill it with vinegar and leave it in the room. In just a few hours that smell will be gone - how brilliant! For more genius tips like this, check out Be amazed: 21 surprising uses for vinegar.

17. Stovetop potpourri

Got guests coming round last minute and need the house to smell inviting? Whip up a stovetop potpourri by adding an orange, a lemon, 3 cinnamon sticks to four cups of water in a saucepan or pot. Bring to a simmer and keep on low until the scent fills the room. Remember to keep an eye on the water level and top up if necessary.

18. Himalayan salt lamps

Salt lamps are beautiful and can help clear the air of lingering smells. They are a beautiful pink colour and with them, you can create a relaxing, calm environment in your home and at your office. I'm definitely going to get one!

19. Lavender sachets

Such a gorgeous solution
Such a gorgeous solution

As well as smelling great, lavender is a brilliant thing to put in with your clothes as moths HATE lavender. annaAndBlue.blogspot.co.uk have created a tutorial so you can make your own sachets.

I hope you've enjoyed these natural ways to make your home smell wonderful! Please share with your friends - we're trying to spread the word of Expert Home Tips.

Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Lesley on October 9, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Love these tips, will definitely be trying some out. Only recently discovered this website - it's fantastic.

    1. Author Colleen B on October 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Lesley - hope you enjoy checking out the rest of our site. :)

  2. Author Leeann on October 19, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I think your amazing with all your tips, for everything thank you for sharing with us all.

    1. Author Anushka F on October 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Leeann, so kind of you! Please feel free to share any tips you have with us.

  3. Author Jason on September 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Great tips

    1. Author Colleen B on October 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Jason! We hope you enjoy reading the blog.

  4. Author Rosalind Wrigley on December 10, 2016 at 1:00 am

    love this site.

    1. Author Colleen B on December 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

      So happy to hear that - don't forget to tell all your pals!

  5. Author Rosalind Wrigley on December 10, 2016 at 1:02 am

    cant wait to try out some of these ideas

    1. Author Colleen B on December 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Have fun Rosalind!

  6. Author Ivy Baker on April 14, 2017 at 1:59 am

    This is some really good information about how to make a home smell good. I particularly liked your suggestion about the orange peel candle. I love citrus smells, and it would be great if my home could smell like that all the time.

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Hi Ivy. I'm so glad you enjoyed the article. I love citrus smells too. Orange is a great choice as it not only smells great, but looks pretty too. Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. Author Eileen Jeffery on April 9, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Thank you so much for more fantastic tips i will be trying these.😀

    1. Author Joanne A on April 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      You're welcome, Eileen!

  8. Author Trevor on April 29, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    We use a few reed diffuser's around the house but they are expensive, so a nice thought making various nice ways of making a house smell nice without having to have chemicals involved.

    1. Author Joanne A on May 1, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      We're glad you agree, Trevor!

  9. Author Julie Barfoot on July 21, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Excellent tips as I have a little cat and she does not like synthetic smells, I will definitely be trying these out thank you.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 11, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      You're welcome, Julie!

  10. Author Tracy Humberstone on June 17, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Great smelly tips 😉. I already use the bowl of vinegar one in my kitchen especially when the other half cooks mackerel, it works well and give it a few hours and the fishy smell has gone and the place does not smell of vinegar. Love all the tips on this site.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 27, 2022 at 11:30 am

      We're so glad to hear that!


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