You can make your home smell great with these 2 simple tips.
Smell is such a powerful sense. Sure, something may look or taste nice, but if it’s accompanied by an awful scent, your entire experience is affected.
Think of seeing an attractive man or woman … but he or she reeks of body odor. Or a charming farmhouse that looks like it’s graced the pages of a home magazine … but the manure smell is so strong it makes your eyes water.
Scent is a sense you need to focus on when you’re creating a haven. But you don’t have to spend your time baking a fresh loaf of bread or batch of cookies.
It can be as easy as cleaning with products that fill your home with a pleasant scent.
Here’s the thing, though – these pleasant scents shouldn’t be “April Fresh” or “Mountain Clean.” If you’re using cleaning products with heavy, synthetic fragrances, they’re most likely harming your health – and your family members’ health.
As great as fragrances are, if they’re hazardous to your health, they’re not so great after all. In fact, they’re pretty awful.
The first step to finding safe products
It might seem like it’s an impossible challenge. How in the world do you create a good-smelling safe clean?
The good news is it’s not impossible. You’ll need to do a little bit of homework, but I promise it will be worth it.
First, before you use any other scented products, check the safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. If your product has a passing grade, keep using it.
If you find out your product’s only hurting your health, it’s time to make a switch. Search the Guide to Healthy Cleaning for safer alternatives.
Finding good smelling safe products
After years of cleaning with unhealthy products, I made the switch to safer cleaning products – and my home was left either smelling like a bottle of vinegar. When I couldn’t take the vinegar scent anymore, I made the switch to Norwex and loved it. But there was absolutely no scent after I cleaned.
While smelling like nothing was nice – and safe, for sure – I still missed pleasant smells. After all, if you think about nature, God has blessed us with plenty of great smells like flowers and ocean breezes and fresh grass.
I just didn’t want to fill my home with a bunch of imitations of those natural scents.
Fortunately, there are cleaning products that are safe – and smell wonderful. My latest favorite brand is Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Products. They’re so fragrant.
While I like to choose seasonal scents so my home smells like orange clove in the fall or peppermint in the winter, spring and summer are my favorite seasons – and scents. I’m particularly partial to lilac in the spring, geranium in the spring and summer, and radish in the summer. All three scents smell wonderful.
Another safe way to add scent
Aside from great smelling cleaning products, another great way to safely add fresh, natural fragrances to your home is by diffusing essential oils. All you need is a diffuser ( I use this one in my own home) and a few essential oils that you enjoy.
If you’re starting out with essential oils, lavender, peppermint and lemon are all great oils to try. You can make a relaxing air freshening scent by diffusing a couple drops of lavender and peppermint. Diffusing two drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint oil is another cheery scent combination.
Getting rid of odors
Depending on where you live, another great option for airing out your home is by simply opening the windows. If you can do this, get some fresh air in your home. Then continue using your diffuser or safe cleaning sprays.
However you decide to add scents – either with great-smelling (safe!) cleaning products or diffusing essential oils, don’t forget the powerful effect of scent in your home. You just might surprise yourself how pleasant smells can help you enjoy your home more.
What safe ways do you make your home smell great?
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