I’m not sure if I have mentioned, but I have no sense of smell. I haven’t been able to smell pretty much anything since a young age and whilst I have gotten used to it now, it does have it’s blessings and curses all at the same time. I have to admit though, mostly it doesn’t really bother me so much. Although when I was younger I remember being permanently confused when my sisters would run down the stairs shouting they could smell dinner and I literally had no clue!
But one area of my life it does bother me in, is at home. I would never be able to smell a gas leak, rotten food or any other nasty odours that lingered around my house. This had led to me developing some habits to help keep my house smelling clean and fresh at all times, even if it’s just for the benefit of other people!
I open my windows, especially my bedroom at all times. During warmer months, you will find me at home with all my windows open and my back door too. I love to let the fresh air in so the house doesn’t develop that stale smell you get when no windows or doors have been opened for a while. Even now, in winter, my bedroom windows (and Olivia’s if I can get away with it) will be open during the day whilst she is at school and I am working from home. The living room windows will be open first thing before the school run before we use the room. Even more important when I am drying my washing in the room.
I have used soda crystals for my drains for a good few years now. It keeps them free from blockages and smelling fresh so I don’t have to worry about any odours from the drains. For my furniture and beds, aside from regular vacuuming, I swear by Clean Linen fragrances. As I can’t smell anything I always opt for this scent as I never know how overpowering other fragrances will be. I have Febreze for my clothes and as an air freshener too.
When it comes to my vinyl and laminate flooring, Zoflora is a godsend. Again, the clean linen fragrance is my go-to scent. I also use a herbal fragrance for my washing machine too which helps eliminate any trapped smells in clothing. I may have an obsession with keeping things smelling fresh, but when you have no idea what things smell like, I feel it is better to stick to the same scent around my home.
I have many candles and wax melts around my home too. I love getting things like this as gifts. Again, mostly in the ‘fresher’ fragrances but I always trust people’s judgement when they buy me candles so I never worry too much. But I do only burn one particular fragrance at a time to stop any scents mixing that don’t blend well together. If I light more than one candle, I make sure to burn non-fragranced candles alongside the scented ones too.
How do you keep your home smelling fresh and what do you use to get rid of any lingering bad smells?