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Smell is often called human’s most powerful sense, and when it comes to our homes, we want a fresh, clean scent. The secret to a nose-friendly space isn’t to use toxic fragrances to cover up odors. According to Real Simple magazine, the first thing to do is tackle any bad smells, and then add the good stuff.

The most popular odor in houses is caused by moisture. If you have a room with high humidity or live in a humid climate, try using a dehumidifier, and avoid wall to wall carpet or rugs which can trap moisture in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. You can also use moisture absorbing crystals in small areas like closets or bathrooms, replace cleaning sponges often, and make sure your laundry is totally dry before putting it away.

Litter boxes, garbage cans / disposals, refrigerators, pet beds, dirty laundry/gym bags, diaper pails, and smoke are some of the items in your house that can give off unpleasant smells. Make sure to change or clean regularly as people can go “nose-blind” when they’ve been around a smell for a long time. To freshen your carpet, try sprinkling baking soda on the areas, let it sit for a couple of hours, then vacuum.

Once the bad smells are gone, bring in the good stuff! Opening the window can be the easiest way to bring in freshness especially if you have leftover cooking smells or lingering odors from home improvements such as painting.  If possible, open windows on multiple sides of your home to get a cross breeze.  Even in the cold weather, cracking a window for a short time can make a big difference.

Essential oil diffusers are a great way to scent your home without giving off chemical toxins or candle soot/ash. Essential oils are a milder way to scent your home without overpowering the senses, and you can customize your own scent, while enjoying health benefits.

Diffusers aren’t the only way to use essential oils. Here are a few other DIY ideas, including a fabric refresher spray. Mix a half cup of white vinegar, half cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, and 20 drops of your favorite oil in a small spray bottle. Shake well before each use, and then mist it over clothing or upholstery. Or, try soda sachets, which absorb bad smells and add good ones. Fill a coffee filter with baking soda, add 5 drops of essential oil, and tie it off. Then toss it into a drawer or anywhere that needs refreshed. Lastly, the next time you change your furnace filter, add 10-20 drops of essential oil. The air will help disperse the scent throughout the space.

In your home, you want to make sure the smells are subtle and not overpowering, especially if you have guests with allergies or sensitivity. Whether you prefer citrus-y (Orange, Lemon, Bergamot) or floral (Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Rose) scents, BlueFlower has many wonderful essential oils and essential oil blends.  A favorite during cooler temperatures is Warrior.  It’s warm aroma with cinnamon and clove as well a other oils provides the body with antioxidant benefits. Mantra is a great stress relief blend that combines citrus and floral with a hint of vanilla.

So, eliminate the funk and bring in the fresh, for a house that smells as good as it looks.

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