Learn how to naturally make your home smell fresh this spring with these quick and easy natural remedies.
The spring is a great time to open up those windows and let the fresh air in! This year I’ve been feeling more then ever the urge to let the fresh air in and to freshen our home the natural way.
Since we’re home what feels like 24/7, I wanted to freshen things up a bit using natural ingredients. Who wants to be cooped up all day smelling chemicals? I sure don’t! And I don’t want that for my kids either. With that said, I’m sharing 10 ways you can easily freshen up your home the natural way.
DIY All Natural Air Freshener to Boost Your Mood
Natural air freshener is a quick and easy way to make your home air smell amazing. It only takes a few simple ingredients which you can find anywhere. To make your own natural air freshener, simply mix 1:1 ratio of distilled water to witch hazel. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils and you have your own air freshener. My mix contains lavender (5 drops), bergamot (10 drops), rose (10 drops) and tea tree (5 drops).
more fragrance combinations to try:
- Bergamot and Rose
- Sweet Orange, Vetiver and Bergamot
- Eucalyptus, Bergamot and Rose
A DIY Floral Potpourri that Will Make Your Home Smell Fresh
Potpourri can give your decor a great burst of color all while making your home smell amazing. You can easily make your own by combining some common ingredients found in your cabinets, or you can purchase dried florals like I did! Along with my dried florals, I dried a few lemon slices and threw in star anise right from my spice cabinet. Roasting dried fruits and spices can also naturally make your home smell fresh.
To make your own dried lemon slices, you can:
- Slice lemons thinly in even slices.
- Place them on a baking sheet on top of a baking rack or parchment paper.
- Bake on low at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours. Be sure to check after every hour and turn halfway.
- Allow to cool.
Once you have your dried fruit slices, mix in your dried flowers and spray them with your DIY air freshener. Allow to dry and then place them in your favorite vessel.
Freshen Fabric Sofa, Mattresses and Fabric Chairs with Baking Soda
It’s no secret that upholstered furniture and mattresses hold odor, dust mites and everything in between. Baking soda is a great way to carefully deodorize your fabric surfaces. Simply sprinkle your surface with baking soda, allow to sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum. You can follow up with a quick burst of all natural linen spray.
Freshen Carpet with Baking Soda
While you have the baking soda out, go ahead and sprinkle a little on your carpet and area rugs. Allow the baking soda to sit for up to an hour and then vacuum as usual. Be sure to keep away from your fur babies as you allow the baking soda to sit.
Make an All Natural Hand Soap
Another way to make your home smell amazingly fresh is to create your own all natural hand soap. Not only is it great for the environment and your body, adding essential oils will give it a great boost of fragrance every time it’s used. To make your own, add 1 part castile soap to 10 parts water. Add in 1 part carrier oil like sweet almond oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
Liquid hand soap fragrance to try:
Combine 10 drops peppermint, 10 drops eucalyptus, 10 drops lemongrass and 5 drops rose essential oils.
Clean Sinks with Lemon and Baking Soda
A great way to freshen your sinks naturally is by giving them a good scrub. Sprinkle baking soda into your sink, let it sit for 5 minutes, then scrub with one half lemon. Give it a rinse and voila!
Don’t Forget Your Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals can hold unsuspecting odors. Using the other half of your lemon, you can easily freshen your garbage disposal. Slice your lemon into one inch slices, pop into your garbage disposal with a few ice cubes and run your disposal with water for a few minutes. Your garbage disposal should now smell amazingly fresh!
Open Windows and Spray Window Sills
While opening the windows to let in fresh air is a great way to naturally make your home smell fresh, it can also welcome in little critters. To cut down on pests, you can repel them by spraying your sills and screens with peppermint oil. Dilute your peppermint oil by mixing with water and putting in a spray bottle. It’s safe for kids, pets and pests. And guess what?! It smells great too!
Just like your sofa and rugs can hold odors, so can your drapes. After giving them a quick vacuum using an upholstery attachment, give them a light spray of your all natural linen spray. For a quick and easy linen spray, pour distilled water into a spray bottle and 30-35 drops of essential oils. My spray consists of:
- Tea Tree Oil (15 drops)
- Lemongrass Oil (10 drops)
- Peppermint Oil (5 drops)
- Eucalyptus Oil (10 drops)
- Bergamot Oil (5 drops)
Like These Amazing Spray Bottles and Labels?
Glass bottles are great for the environment and can be used over and over again. I found beautiful amber glass bottles on Amazon with spray and soap dispensers and caps. After I printed and placed my labels, I used my favorite peel and stick wax seals that I use for my product packages over at The Poplar Creek Co. I think it gave the bottles a nice and clean look!
So that’s it friends! I don’t know about you but I’m so happy spring is making its way here. I can’t wait to spend more time outdoors and filling our home with good natural smells! And if you’re in the mood for a little spring cleaning, you can check out my Spring Cleaning Checklist.
Until next time,