7 Ways to Make Your Living Space Smell Nice

Rather than spraying chemical-laden air fresheners, choose one of these seven natural ways to make your living space smell a little nicer.

1. Invest in houseplants. Have your favorite plants and herbs growing in your kitchen, living room and bathroom in small pots. The presence of green plants will help reduce indoor air pollution and keep clean air circulating in your space.

2. Save your citrus fruit skins. Save the peels of oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus- fruits. You can place them in boiling water to have a fresh scent in the kitchen, or run them in your garbage disposal with boiling water. Lastly, put some citrus skins in your vacuum bag the next time you vacuum your carpet.

3. Dilute essential oil with water in a spray bottle. You can spray your furniture and carpet to make the whole room smell a specific scent. To diversify, you can have different scents for different areas of your home. For example: lavender for the living room, sandalwood for your bedroom and peppermint for the bathroom.

4. Place bowls of white vinegar in corners of the room. The vinegar will neutralize and absorb any offending odors.

5. Place fabric softener in your shoes and closet. It will take away any stale clothing smells. For another closet air freshener, place a cedar block at the bottom of your closet. Use sandpaper for a new layer once a year.

6. Light soy candles instead of regular candles. Soy candles are longer-lasting, better for the environment and have a more robust smell. (They are also safer than carcinogen-emitting candles.)

7. Bake bread or cook your own meals. Few things are as welcoming as the smell of freshly baked bread or the herbs of a home-cooked dinner.

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Vivian Y.
Vivian Y.6 months ago

You can also make use of some Natural air freshener. Buy it or DIY one to get rid of terrible smells.

da c.
Past Member 1 years ago

It seems as though you can use vinegar for everything! :)

Jordan G.
Jordan G.1 years ago

These are wonderful. Better than just filling a house with potpourri (which I happen to not care for).

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo1 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

Leila Mota
Leila Mota1 years ago

Nice. I like lemonade and I have never thought about saving the fruit skin, and I love the smell. Good to know, tks.

Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy1 years ago

vinegar is great for absorbing smalls in presses...also coffee

Lin G.
Lin G.1 years ago


Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

Simple but practical and beneficial to all and our globe

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you!

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

Sounds lovely.