Smell is human's most powerful sense and it tells us a lot about the world and a home. As a Real Estate Professional I go into a lot of homes as you can imagine, and the very first impression of the interior of a home is how it smells. The olfactory bulb triggers emotion and memories, thus it can can make or break a potential sale. Foul smelling homes send immediate sensory negative signals. On the other hand, a fresh smelling home is pleasing to the senses and creates a positive atmosphere.
You may not even realize that your home is giving off negative vibes or that your attempt at spraying fragrances on top of foul smells is the not the answer. You need to confront the bad.
- Get Rid of the Moisture: Consider moisture absorbing crystals in small areas that are damp like bathrooms. Moisture Crystals
- Clean Your Garbage Disposal: Run lemon rinds through it and flush with water or half a cup of baking soda and warm water.
- Clean Soft Surfaces: Carpet, bedding, curtains, pillows are magnets for smell. Have your home professionally steam cleaned. Your carpet and furniture should be done once a year at minimum. When possible, wash your bedding, pillows and curtains. Curtains and throw pillows should be washed every three to six months.
- Dryer Sheets: Place them in closets, dressers and other small spaces.
- Clean out the Refrigerator and place a fresh box of Baking Soda in it.
- Spruce up Your Trash Can: Scrub and make it squeaky clean.
- Open the Windows: The easiest way to bring fresh air into the home.
- Simmer Herbs and Fruit on the Stove: Simmer water in a small saucepan and add herbs like lavender or mint or rosemary with citrus slices like lemons or oranges.
- All Natural Homemade Household Cleaner: How to Make Orange Cleaner
The actual smell of clean is no smell at all but that is next to impossible. Next time you want to make your whole house smell fresh, remember these easy ways to make your whole house smell fantastic.
Do you have a tip to share with readers for a cleaner smelling house? We'd love to hear your thoughts!
Sherri Bond has been helping people with their home goals in Colorado since 1995