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10 Frugal Hacks to Make Your Home Smell Amazing

Are you tired of spending money on candles and scented oil refills that last for maybe a few weeks? Looking for some ways to make your home smell great without breaking the bank?

Here are our top 10 frugal hacks you can try to help your home smell glorious any day of the week.

1. The good 'ol simmer pot

This is one of my favorite hacks to help eliminate unpleasant food odors in the kitchen. 

A simmer pot is an all-natural air freshener made by boiling water with spices, herbs, fruits, and rinds in a pot. It’s quick and easy to put together and very affordable. 

Here’s how to make one:

  1. Fill a large pot (or saucepan) halfway with water and bring to a boil
  2. Add your spices, herbs, and fruits/rinds of choice. Let them boil for a few minutes.
  3. Turn the heat down to a simmer and enjoy your all-natural fragrance!
  4. Add water as needed (every 30mins or so).

Simmer pots can be used for 2 – 3 hours or more as long as you add water.

Several drops of vanilla (you can get from Dollar Tree) or vanilla extract is the simplest ingredient to add to a simmer pot.

If you want more exciting scents, here are some herbs, spices, and fruit combos that work great together:

  • Cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peels
  • Lime peels and mint leaves
  • Orange peel and vanilla
  • Strawberries, basil, and lime peels
Also check out 12 Simple Ways to Save Money on Produce to get your fruits and rinds for less!

2. Open the windows

Adding pleasant scents to your home is only part of the solution! Open the windows in each room to let the stale air out.

You can also turn on your fans to circulate stale air out of your home.

3. Mop the floors

A good mop of the floors always leaves my home swelling fresh and clean. 

If you don’t have any pine sol, you can make your own mopping solution with water and dawn dish soap. 

All you need is 1 – 2 tablespoons of dish soap in a gallon of warm water.

4. Baking soda - your new best friend

Did you know that you can sprinkle baking soda on just about anything to neutralize odors? Baking soda doesn’t just mask odors, it absorbs them.

So next time you notice a funky smell in your trash can, dishwasher, or garbage disposal, toss in some baking soda to eliminate the odor!

5. Thoroughly vacuum carpets and fabric furnishings

It’s important to keep your floors and couches clean – especially where you eat.

Try adding some baking soda to carpets and furnishings before vacuuming. Not only will this deodorize floors, it will help lift strains as well.

You can also wash pillows, blankets, or couch covers if the odor lingers.

6. DIY air freshener spray

If you don’t want to spend $3+ on febreeze, then this DIY air freshener spray may be what you’re looking for.

There are 3 simple ingredients: fabric softener, baking soda, and water.

Combine in a spray bottle:

  • 3 Tablespoons fabric softener of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 cups warm water
Shake and spray around your home to freshen up the air!

7. Change your air conditioning and furnace filters

Has it been awhile since you changed your air filters? This could be a contributor to the odor in your home.

That’s because overused air filters can start to collect dust, animal danger, and other airborne pollutants.

So if you’re noticing more dust than usual after cleaning, or you see gray buildup on the surface of your filter, it’s time to change it.

8. The Irish spring method

This method is great for basements and smaller enclosed spaces.

Buy a bar of Irish spring soap, open the box, and place it in the space with odor. It will help remove stale and musty scents from the area.

You’ll want to change out the soap bars about every 3 months.

Try out this method with just 1 bar of soap at first, and if you like it, you can buy Irish Spring bars in bulk at your local wholesale store.

9. Vinegar + essential oils

Did you know that vinegar can be used to neutralize the toughest of odors?

Pour 1 cup of vinegar in a glass or bowl. Add 4 drops of essential oils. Leave it in a room overnight and odor should be gone the next morning!

10. Baking!

I saved this one for last because it my absolute favorite! 

There’s nothing like walking into someone’s home and smelling fresh baked bread or cookies. And the amazing smell lasts for hours.

So grab that brownie mix from the cupboard or get out the ingredients you have on hand to bake something delicious.

You won’t regret it!

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