Does your house smell as good as it looks? Whilst the interior may look welcoming, house smells are enough to make even the most gorgeous of homes unappealing.
Household odours are pretty common, and it's not necessarily caused by uncleanliness. During the changing seasons, the humidity, lack of aeration and heating can quickly cause rooms to become stuffy or develop a musty smell. Not to mention our pets, who can bring all sorts of weird smells into our homes.
Want to banish bad smells once and for all? There's no need to go buying expensive air fresheners. Expert Home Tips have 12 handy hacks to help you eliminate all kinds of odours.
Ready to make your house smell fresh? Let's get started.
Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in January 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in December 2018.
Combat bathroom odour
Bathrooms can, unsurprisingly, get pretty smelly pretty quickly. It's not only the toilet that's to blame, but the stagnant water around the sink and condensation from the shower can make musty smells common.
1. Toilet roll hack
One of the easiest ways to add a refreshing fragrance to your bathroom is using essential oils. Add a few drops to the inside of your toilet roll tube and they will fight against unpleasant odours to leave your bathroom smelling fresher.
2. Toilet spray
Get your toilet smelling fresher than ever with a DIY bathroom spray. Today's Creative Life's No.2 Poo Spray is a real lifesaver, and will keep your bathroom smelling fresh no matter what goes on in there!
3. Toilet brush hack
There's no avoiding it - toilet brushes are pretty nasty by nature. Keep yours smelling as fresh as can be by squirting some scented cleaner into the bottom of the toilet brush holder. Not only will this keep the brush clean, but if you use something like Flash, it will give the whole room a lovely citrus smell.
4. Smelly towels
If you follow our blog, you should already know how often to wash your towels to keep them fresh. Unwashed towels are not only unsanitary but will make your bathroom smell damp and dirty too.
To make them smell fresher than ever, wash them after every 3 uses. You can throw in half a cup of baking soda every couple of washes for extra freshness too.
Banish bedroom smells
5. Wardrobe deodorizer
Wardrobes are home to all kinds of smells - socks; stinky shoes; that dusty old dress you've not worn in years.
Go into your kitchen and grab a few tea bags - they can be used as a wardrobe deodorizer. Herbal tea bags work best and something powerful with chai or cloves is ideal. Place them in your wardrobe, preferably hung over the rail. The herbs will absorb bad smells and release gorgeous new ones to release a burst of freshness when you get dressed every morning.
6. Smelly mattress
If your bedroom looks clean, but smells rotten, the answer could be something a little hidden - your mattress.
To freshen up your mattress in three easy steps:
- Sift a cup of bicarbonate of soda onto your mattress.
- Leave it to sit for 30 minutes.
- Vacuum over your mattress using the brush attachment.
Say goodbye to kitchen smells
7. Fridge odour absorber
Cheese - need I say more? It may be delicious, but it can be overwhelmingly pungent. A quick opening of a cheese-packed fridge is enough to leave your whole kitchen smelling like a cheesemonger's.
Fighting off bad fridge smells may seem intimidating but it's actually relatively easy. Just place half a lemon on the centre shelf and it will make the whole thing smell fresher than you ever thought possible. Replace weekly to fight those extra-cheesy smells.
8. Smelly kitchen sink
Drains may be out of sight, but they certainly won't be out of mind once they've started to smell bad. Luckily, the solution requires just two ingredients, which you probably already have in your cupboard - vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
Pour one cup bicarbonate of soda onto the drain, then follow with two cups of vinegar. Let this bubble away happily for five minutes, then flush repeatedly with very hot water.
For more amazing uses for bicarbonate of soda, check out Anushka's article.
9. Cooking odour eliminator
Cooked a tasty fry up? Your kitchen will no doubt be paying the price. Get rid of cooking smells easily with the help of bicarbonate of soda.
Place some in a small bowl and leave on your countertop overnight. It will dissipate any bad smells and banish any evidence of your indulgent breakfast.
10. Bin odour neutraliser
Tacking out the rubbish isn't a job anyone likes to do - what a stench! We have a great hack to make it much less unpleasant.
Sprinkling bicarbonate of soda or cat litter onto the base of the bin can have a dramatic effect on the way your bin smells. Either of the solutions will work as a bin odour neutraliser by absorbing bad smells and preventing them from escaping out into your lovely, clean home.
Refresh the living room
10. How to get rid of pet smells
Your home wouldn't be the same without your furry friend, but it could probably do without that 'dog smell,' right?
If you've tried even the most potent washing powder you own to no avail, we could have the answer - white vinegar.
Place half a cup of white vinegar into the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine along with your usual choice of detergent. Post-wash, all traces of dog will be banished...until next time.
11. DIY candle
There are candles, and then there are candles that make your whole home smell glorious. There's no need to spend a fortune of freshening your home - great results can be achieved at home using coffee beans a few tea lights.
Fill small, shallow glass jars with coffee beans, and place a tea light in the centre. You'll be amazed at how powerful your coffee candle can be!
12. Sofa smells
Sofas aren't something many of us consider washing often, however, just like your mattress, they do need occasional TLC.
The same mattress baking soda hack can be used for your sofa- sift baking soda onto your sofa, wait, then vacuum off for instant freshness. Your visitors will be asking if you've bought a new one!
Do you have any unusual tips of your own to make your home smell great? Share them with us in the comments below!