Bettering the Environment

How to Make Your House Smell Good In An Eco-Friendly Way

A good smell can go a long way. Partner hasn’t taken out the garbage in 3 weeks? Light a candle. A guest enters with bad BO? Spray some cologne. Stinky bathroom? Potpourri it up. Any way you have it, this will show you how to make your house smell good while benefiting the environment.

Many manmade scents are made with toxic chemicals or unethical materials. For example, some electric diffusers give off toxins, plugins give off residual chemicals, and aroma candles may use heavy-metal wicks. All can damage your respiratory system, so be mindful of what you purchase – not just for the smell or aesthetic.

With helpful tips on how to make your house smell good, you’ll be able to feel proud of your eco-friendly scents (and boast to guests).

Making Your House Smell Good

If you want your house to smell like heaven but don’t want to harm the planet (none of us should want that) then you made a great stop! Here are 5 eco-friendly smells to fill up your home when:

  • guests come over,
  • you come home to a stuffy smell,
  • you want a hint of nature inside with you,
  • you want to relax your mind with soothing smells,
  • or you want a comforting addition to your indoor plant benefits.

1. DIY Natural Scents

One of the best and least expensive ways to enjoy smells in your home is to fill up a mason jar or two with your favorite scents! The glass mason jars are easy to purchase in large quantities, and the herbs inside can come from your garden, flowers from the market, or gifts from friends.

If you want an ocean vibe, go for bergamot and cedarwood. If floral is what you’re after, try rose and lavender.

Here is a site for DIY natural scents that make your home smell oh so good.

2. 100% Beeswax Candles

Beeswax burns slower, brighter, and cleaner than other candles, and there are a ton of great ethical companies that make them. Beverly Bees and Beeswax Candle Co. are two of many.

3. Spray Bottle With Essential Oils

Bren Did has some great all-natural recipes on how to make your house smell good. With this recipe, you’ll need a spray bottle (make sure it’s recyclable), cheap vodka, and your favorite mix of essential oils.

My mom and I created a spray bottle air freshener a while back and used wintergreen with a hint of lavender. I couldn’t wait to spray it! These mixtures also make great face mists or gifts.

4. Reed Diffusers

Reed diffusers do not need heat, electricity, or water – only essential oils! The oils are combined in the glass jar and wooden reeds soak up and transfer them into the air which creates wonderful aromas. They’re also aesthetically pleasing and elegant in my opinion.

The picture shows a company called Australian Apothecary and they sell more than just all-natural diffusers. Check them out here!

5. Simmer Herbs and Fruit

It sounds a little odd but you know when someone cooks something in the kitchen and it fills the air? That’s the idea, here. Simmering herbs on the stovetop create a wholesome aroma that hopefully everyone will love.

Simmer water in a small saucepan and add slices of apple, herbs from the backyard like lavender and mint, and let the mixture make the magic! Just be sure to keep an eye on it.

There you have it! 5 simple and easy tricks on how to make your house smell good in an eco-friendly way with all natural diffusers (near the garbage), spray bottles with essential oils (for that person’s BO), and mason jars of fruits (for the bathroom). Enjoy a great smelling home!

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Claudia Grimm
Writer and nature lover, I'm a curious gal wanting to share what I've learned in personal and environmental growth. What have I realized the most? Small steps make big impacts!

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