Whether you are moving into your new space or you have lived in your current space for a long time from time to time your home can develop an unpleasant smell. Thankfully, there are plenty of natural ways to vanquish the strange smells and leave your home smelling fresh and clean. 

A few things to consider:

Is the smell coming from the carpet and previous animal tenants? Try deep cleaning your carpets with a professional service or carpet cleaner. 

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Do you have a moldy or musty smell in your home? Sometimes foul smells can come from mold and those will need to be dealt with properly. Look for moisture or water leaks and resolve the issue as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage.

Do you smell eggs or fish? Try to identify other smells as well such as rotten eggs (gas leak), sewage (potentially your P-trap), and fishy or urine smells (check your electrical for burnt wires). 

If you determine that your smell is not coming from the above-mentioned issues, you may just need a quick solution to make your home smelling clean and fresh. Here are a few easy ways to make your home smell great.

Simmering Potpourri

A great way to add seasonal smells to your home is by making a stovetop simmering blend. Warm and cozy scents are perfect for fall and wintertime. Here are a few great recipes that can easily be made this weekend:

Clean your garbage disposal

Your garbage disposal can become quite stink prone over time. An easy way to solve this smell is to use lemon. Simply cut a lemon into small chunks and put it into an ice tray. Cover with water and freeze. Simply throw a cube or two into the garbage disposal and enjoy fresh citrus scents!

Baking Soda + Carpet

Did you know that baking soda has natural deodorizing properties? This powerful, neutral smelling cleaner is free of harsh chemicals that you can safely use around your loved ones. The use on your carpet, rugs, or fabric furniture, simply sprinkle and let sit for 15 – 20 minutes before vacuuming as your normally would.

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DIY Room Spray and DIY Cleaning Spray

There are plenty of room sprays and cleaners on the market, but making your own with natural ingredients is better! 

Room Spray: Mix a simple solution of water, alcohol or witch hazel, and high-quality essential oils, herbs, or dried flowers to create a tailored and simple room spray. Generously spritz when you need a quick and easy boost of freshness.

Cleaning Spray: Mix a solution of white vinegar, citrus peels, and herbs for a simple and great smelling effective cleaner that is free of harmful chemicals.

Trash Can Smells

Is your trash can starting to get a strange scent? A simple solution is to place a dryer sheet at the bottom to help ward off any unwanted smells. The sheet will help absorb any foul-smelling odors.

Reduce The Clutter

While the clutter may not be contributing directly to the smells, it can help make your space feel fresher and brighter. Coupled with one of the above-mentioned tactics, your home will look and feel much more comfortable. For storage solutions, consider checking out Fox Moving and Storage