It’s funny because when you’re living in your own space, you create your own scents. I don’t know how many times I get asked, how to make your home smell fresh and clean. The trick to constantly keeping your homes smelling clean is to actually clean. But that’s not the only thing. There’s tons of ways to keep a home fresh and today, I’m glad you’re here because since going no-tox, I’ve been able to maintain a beautifully smelling house with no harsh chemicals. Oh, and we have pets too. It took me a very long time to adopt a cat ( and then we ended up with 2 ) and it was because of the odor that prevented me from believing I could still have a clean home.
How To Maintain A Fresh Clean Smelling Home
A lot of times our clients will know how to declutter and get rid of the things they no longer need, but they don’t know how to thoroughly clean. So, we teach them simple things like- putting products back under the cabinet or in drawers, spray the shower stall with vinegar when you’re finished cleaning up, wipe down surfaces with a small rag……little things you can do every single day to live well. The important thing when looking to achieve that fresh smell in your homes is
- Declutter- I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes when you get rid of things you don’t need. Items that collect dust and take up too much space in a house causes unwanted, funky odors. Don’t think, just toss. I preach this in all of our guides because it’s the number one thing to do when looking to start fresh. Clutter free is the way to go
- When actually cleaning, start with a thorough, detailed clean in each room. Not all in the same day but overall a healthy clean ( top to bottom ). Eliminating dust on window blinds, fans, behind the headboard, baseboards and vents makes it so much easier to breathe. You need a decent vacuum, a hand mitt duster and a broom duster.
- Vacuum- when bringing out the vacuum, pay attention to baseboards and under the beds, closets and furniture ( under behind and within )
- Wash linens weekly- you have no idea how important this is. It not only helps get rid of bed head odors but prevents allergens and dust mites from crawling all over you
- Surface cleaning needs to be done daily. It’s a lifestyle, not a chore. Take 1/2 hot water and 1/2 vinegar in a squirt bottle and wipe down counter tops, appliances, vanity’s and mirrors. If you have stone surfaces clean with soap and water, dry then squirt alcohol on a rag and wipe them clean to disinfect. Don’t use vinegar on marble or granite
- Change air filters
- Kitchen sinks are the dirtiest part of the home- dump baking soda in them often, scrub with hot water/soap and wipe dry
6 Healthy Non Toxic Ways To Clean The Air In Your Homes
Bring in purifying plants. The best way to create clean air is through lots of greenery. If you struggle with killing them as I mention in this post, stay tuned….I’m creating a post on how not to as we speak. If you’re a lover of bright colorful flower plants, sometimes they are not the best for the indoors. Keep those outside and focus on green leaves that oxidize. I talk about the plants that we have in our home a lot but there’s so many more out there that can really improve your homes air quality. Important for that clean smell you all crave so naturally!
- Part with heavy curtains or blinds that attract extreme amounts of dust- getting rid of thick bulky window treatments is ever so crucial in healthy, fresh smells. These items don’t get washed nearly enough and odors cling to them. Febreeze is not your friend here
- Empty the fridge and garbage often- food smells are the culprit in every home. Tossing expired, leftovers and using baking soda in the refrigerator will help immensely. Also, store food in air tight containers. Take the garbage out daily. There seems to be a rule that applies in most homes that filling the bag is necessary before disposing of it. Errr, wrong. You don’t have to wait until the bathroom bins are full to empty. Transfer them to the kitchen bin and if the kitchen bin doesn’t fill up daily then use smaller bags. Getting these out of the house is money
- Scoop cat poop daily- we found the best litter that clumps their urine into brick balls and it’s such a relief
I’m always cleaning the kitchen sink as mentioned above but the disposal is the enemy. Baking soda snob here! I cannot live without it, especially in this room. Dumping it right in the disposal with a lemon or a cup of vinegar does the trick.
I personally do not use the baking soda hack on our carpets because we have a water filter vacuum that naturally sucks up odors and deep debris within the floors ten times better! Worth every bit of investment if you’re a carpet lover!
Here’s a simple hack that I do using a squirt bottle: from time to time I take vinegar and squirt in the corners of the house and along window sills. I think it neutralizes odors and you don’t have to wipe anything up. Spray and leave. Just a mist or two. You don’t saturate it. Although when doing my bathroom floors, I just dump straight vinegar and clean with a microfiber mop or towel. This helps if you have little boys who miss the potty often!!
When it’s warm and breezy I like to open some windows that don’t get a ton of natural light in and run the ceiling fans. I then load the wash and do laundry because the smell alone from this helps freshen the house quite a bit.
Homemade Aromatherapy Melts
Melt coconut oil in a double boiler and add your favorite essential oils (6-10 drops), stir well. 1/2 cup of coconut oil is all you need and to make it less toxic because some essential oils are harsh on lungs and pets, simple do a few drops. A little goes a long way. Pour the liquid mix into small molds and harden in fridge. Melt whenever you need a quick scent pick me up.
My favorite essential oils ( less fumes )-
- mix blends to see how you like them. Peppermint and Eucalyptus are great too
For really quick deodorizers: pour water into the pan, turn on low-medium heat, place cinnamon sticks, orange peels and some vanilla into it. Simmer and enjoy. I never have bay leafs or anything but do love a good fresh mint plant as the scent is neutralizing. Fresh or dried lavender is amaze as well. Place near an open window and voila. Instant freshness.
I often speak about how the inside air of our homes is more toxic than the outside. Breathe in freshness everyday with these simple tips. It’s amazing how much your home smells delicious when you stop masking the odors with candles, tart warmers and plugins. What a difference in your overall health too! Live well. Breathe clean air! Until next time, more coffee please!