6 Ways to Make the House Smell Amazing Without Scented Candles

Scented candles canmake ahouse smell great, but at what cost? Candles cancontaincompounds linked to cancer, but you don’t need carcinogensto have a great-smelling home. Try these healthy room deodorizers instead!

Instead of artificial fragrances, the scents below use essential oils andfood ingredients to make your house smell great. There are ideas that run the gamut from simple to complex, so there’s truly something for everyone on this list.

Where’s the incense?

When I was in college, incense was my go-to for making my dorm room smell good — don’t tell the R.A.! I loved the smell of burning nag champa sticks, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who turned to incense when I wanted to make my room smell nice in a hurry.

Unfortunately, it turns out that incense is bad news for our health. And — let’s be honest — it’s not that surprising, is it? Incense creates smoke, and that smoke is linked toairway cancers, just like cigarette smoke.

Does that mean that burning the occasional stick of incense will give you cancer? Probably not. The study that examined incense and health found that long-term exposure is the problem.If you want to get nostalgic for your college days once in awhile, go for it. Just don’t burnincense every day.

Healthier room deodorizers

Before we get to the list of healthy room deodorizers, it’s important to note that not all candles are created equal. Some companies make candles without petroleum products or chemical fragrances, and these are fine to use. Thislist ofhealthy candle optionsis worth a look!

Essential Oils

1. DIY essential oil spray

In a one-ounce spray bottle, add 20-40 drops of your favorite essential oil, then top off with rubbing alcohol or grain alcohol. Spritz as needed. This spray maysmell like alcohol at first, but when that fades, you’re left with oily goodness.

2. Homemade potpourri

Dried citrus peels, herbs and flower petals are a simple, natural way to make your house smell lovely. Some store-bought potpourri blends contain chemicalfragrance, so making your own is the way to go! In the video above, essential oil give thepotpourri a healthy boost.

An herbal simmer is a great, healthy room deodorizer!

3. Stovetop herbal simmers

This is a quick way to infuse your home with a lovely scent. In a pot on the stove, combine a mix of citrus peels, herbs and spices of your choice. Cover with water, and simmer on low. When the water is almost gone, turn off the stove, and enjoy the lovely scent! If you need a starting point, 5 OrangePotatoes has a recipe for aspring simmer that smells lovely.

Baked Apples from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen

4. Bake cookies or apples

This is a trick that realtors use, and it works like a charm. The best part? You get to eat the results.

Try one of thesevegan cookie recipes to make your homesmell great! I recently baked up Dianne’s Cinnamon-Oatmeal Baked Apples, and they’ve become a fast family favorite. My whole house smelled like a dream, and my husband and sondevoured the results. A win-win!

Baking Soda Room Deodorizer

5. Baking soda room deodorizer

My family uses this easy room deodorizer in our bathroom. It couldn’t be simpler, and it lasts a long time. Just mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with 20-30 drops of essential oil, and set it out in a pretty bowl. When the scent starts to fade, refresh with more essential oils.

Diffusing essential oils is a great way to make your house smell great, naturally.

6. Essential oil diffuser

We have essential oil diffusers in several rooms, and we use them almost every day. A diffuser works by combining essential oils and water. The water is heated,and the steam diffuses the scent throughout the house. Right now, we are using a one-to-one tea tree and lavender blend, which smells nice and has antiseptic properties. Perfect for cold and flu season.

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Scented candles do make the house smell great, but at what cost? Try these healthy room deodorizers instead!

Photo Credits: Main image, essential oil, potpourri, herbs, and baking soda images via Thinkstock. Baked Apples by Dianne Wenz, used with permission. Oil diffuser image by Becky Striepe.


Danuta W
Danuta Wabout a month ago

thank you for sharing

Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara5 months ago

baking is ideal

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Telica Rabout a year ago

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