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8 Weird But Brilliant Hacks To Make Your House Smell Like A Dream

Written by Grace & Silas
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Smells can trigger memories so strong and real, it feels like you’ve been transported back in time. The sense of smell is more effective as a reminder of past experiences than other senses, such as sights or sounds. It’s also been proven to affect people’s moods and work performance.

Bad smells can immediately make you feel uncomfortable and agitated, while good smells do just the opposite – they trigger the sense of safety, trust, and relaxation. The aroma also helps to anchor a particular emotion to a place. So if your house smells nice, the next time someone (or even yourself) think about this place, it will bring up positive emotions and memories.

If you want to impress your guests or potential house buyers, or just want to create a cozy and homey atmosphere for yourself and your family, you’re going to love these eight brilliant hacks.

Lemon Ice Cube Garbage Disposal Hack

Found from Design Meet Style

If you start to notice a bad smell in your kitchen, it might just be your garbage disposal! So get rid of that odor with lemon ice cubes (you can also use vinegar in place of water too). 

Hang a Eucalyptus Bunch in Your Shower

Found from Juicing for Health

Eucalyptus is very beneficial to our health. This powerful plant is known for its ability to relieve symptoms of respiratory issues, as well as relieve inflammation. When you hang a bunch of this plant in your shower and run hot water, the naturally occurring essential oils in the leaves get activated and spread the super refreshing and relaxing scent, which will turn your bathroom into a spa-like oasis!

Homemade Potpourri

Found from the Pip And Ebby

One of the best ways to make your house smell amazing is to simmer some fragrant ingredients on a stove. This recipe is a great way to make the entire home smell really fresh.

Chemical-Free Air Freshener

Found from Kids Activities Blog

Many regular air fresheners and plug-ins, contain chemical additives, which are not good for you or your family’s health. If you want your house to smell great without sacrificing your well-being, try squeezing a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the air filter the next time you change it.

Deodorize an Entire Room With a Bowl Full of Vinegar

Found from The Krazy Coupon Lady

If you notice that one (or more) of your rooms has a certain strange smell to it, then leave a bowl full of vinegar to get rid of it. Pretty easy right?

Cotton Balls and Essential Oil

Found from One Good Thing by Jillee

Vanilla is another one of those scents that bring up nice memories and create a pleasant ambiance. You just need to bake vanilla extract in a glass or ceramic dish for about 20 minutes. It’s also known for reducing any bad smells in the house.

Remove Mildew Smell From Towels And Clothes

Found from Mom 4 Real

Sometimes washing your towels and clothes with a regular detergent is not enough to reduce the smell of mildew. To prevent the bad aroma altogether, try to always air-dry your towels and never fold them wet. However, if the icky smell has already become persistent, use the vinegar to get rid of it.

Leave a Candle in Your Car’s Cup Holder

Found from The Krazy Coupon Lady

I love this idea because on extra warm days, the wax will soften and sometimes melt. And when this happens, it’ll release the great smell all throughout your vehicle. Pretty clever right?

Bonus – DIY Non-Toxic Air Freshener

Found from Like a Saturday

With just some baking soda, essential oil, and a  mason jar, there’s no need to use Febreeze or any other type of air freshener.


When people walk through your front door they get their first impression.  Often we assume the eyes do all the work as we take in the decor, colors and textures that are initially apparent when a door opens. However, the smell contributes a lot to this first impression and it’s even more powerful because it’s often subconscious. Whether you want to make your house smell amazing for the guests or simply brighten your own mood, use one of these wonderful eight hacks.

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Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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