The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate, ideally in a home that has been spruced up with festive decorations. Everyone loves the smell of freshly roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, and baked cookies, pies, and cakes, but when the meals are over and the smells of cooking have faded away, what are your guests left with?
Every home has its own distinct smell, but there are many factors that can lead to a home smelling less-than-pleasurable. When faced with unpleasant smells, or just the desire to make your air in your home a little fresher (this is definitely an issue during the cooler months, when the house is shut tight), don’t fret – there are plenty of things you can do to make the air smell fresh and clean.
Consider an Air Purifier
Air purifiers are fantastic for keeping the air in your home fresh, and has the added benefit of alleviating symptoms related to allergies, asthma, and other breathing ailments. Air purifiers work by filtering out pollutants such as mold spores, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritating particles, leaving behind clean air that is less likely to irritate guests sensitive to airborne pollutants. By removing these pollutants, the air in your home will also smell clean and fresh, just in time for Thanksgiving!
Decorate with Indoor Plants
Believe it or not, indoor plants are nature’s air filter. You can put them to work in your home to remove some air pollutants from your indoor environment, while also adding a decorative element to your room. Depending on how much natural sunlight your home receives will depend on what types of plants you’ll want to use (take a look here to find plants that might be right for your home).
Don’t have a green thumb? Not to worry – many of the plants provided in the link above are very easy to grow. However, if you are adept at neglecting and killing air plants and cacti, then maybe you’ll want to stick to natural wreaths, live Christmas trees, or cinnamon brooms to add a festive scent to your home.
Heat Up Some DIY Air Freshner
We all know that with winter comes cold, dry air. Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy way to naturally add some moisture back to the air in your home and make your house smell amazing. A do-it-yourself simmer pot makes quick work of banishing bad smells – just add some water to a pot, along with your favorite herbs, slices of citrus, cinnamon sticks, or pine branches, and start to simmer. Your house will smell fabulous in no time, and all without store-bought sprays or candles.
Add a Scent to Your Air Filter
Another quick way to add a festive scent to your home is via your HVAC system. Essential oils, available at most health food stores, are very concentrated plant-based oils that are used in extremely small quantities (a few drops at a time). By adding a few drops of your favorite oils to your air filter, you can easily disperse a signature scent throughout your entire home. Since the essential oils are only used in very small amounts, this tip will also save you some cash on more expensive scented options.
This trick is for a cat-free home, where the litter will be undisturbed. Johnny Cat Litter specifically works very well, especially for basements and other areas that tend to have musty smells, because of its main ingredient, Diatomaceous earth. This naturally occurring mineral absorbs odors, so set out the litter in a small to medium sized bowl in an area where it won’t be noticed.