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10 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh and Clean

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

An organized and tidy home is nice, but a clean, fresh scent will brighten up your home. If you are putting your house on the market, it can actually help you it sell it more quickly.

Scents can have a powerful effect on us. In fact, they can evoke memories of growing up or bring you back to a special time in your life. There are certain scents that can boost your mood, increase focus, induce relaxation or reduce anxiety.

When we walk into a home that smells fresh, we immediately assume that the house is clean and well taken care of. In addition to adding scents to your home, it is best to start with a deep cleaning of your home. Eliminate unpleasant odors by cleaning your upholstery, carpets, curtains and pet areas on a regular basis.

Here are 10 ways to keep your home smelling fresh and clean

Use dryer sheets to line wastebaskets, place in closets or under the seat in your car to keep it smelling fresh.

Chop up lemon rinds and run them in the kitchen garbage disposal with a cup of ice and running water.

Simmer herbs and fruit, such as citrus and mint on the stove.

Light scented candles or use diffusers with essential oils.

Use Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena on your floors and multi-surface areas

Dip cotton balls in essential oil and place in the vacuum.

Spray scents or essential oils on round adhesive felt pads (like the ones you use on the bottom of your furniture), then stick one in a drawer, underneath your sink or in a cabinet.

Hang a few branches of eucalyptus on your shower head to clear congestion or for a calming effect. Tie a rubber band around the branches, then attach it to the shower head or hang from a shower hook.

Use a linen spray when putting fresh sheets on your bed.

Add indoor plants to purify the air naturally. According to NASA's Clean Air Study, the snake plant is the most effective plant for cleaning the air in closed spaces.

You may want to be careful about using particular scents. What smells heavenly to you, could turn others off. For example, people either love or hate lavender. The same holds true for vanilla and eucalyptus. It is important to keep in mind that some people can be very sensitive to certain aromas or perfumes and these some scents can trigger migraines.

So what are the best scents to use when trying to sell your home or create a welcome environment? Real Estate agents agree that citrus, pine, jasmine, cinnamon and vanilla are the clear winners.

Finally, perhaps the best way to freshen the air in your home is the good old-fashioned way. Open the windows and let nature do its thing.



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