medium-to-high-shedding dog, it’s a requirement. But I’m not enjoying myself while I clean. Like ever. The thing that bothers me the most is the time it takes to clean, versus the time it takes for the house to be messy again.
I’ve learnt a few tricks over the years to keep the fresh clean smell of the house between two major cleanings, and with Spring peeking [ok, I may be stretching it a bit for the East Coast US readers who are currently experiencing frigid temps’, but bare with me here] I thought it was the perfect timing to share my #notsoperfect housewife secrets.
So here are my 4 main tricks to keep a fresh smell around my home.
My first easy trick is the fresh herbs on the stove top. I also use some lavender or rosemary essential oils and add a few drops to some water. I let it boil and it gives the entire first floor a very fresh smell. Easy peesy, and if you have some aromatic plants in the yard, the budget is pretty much zero dollar.
My second trick is the aroma diffuser, I got mine at Amazon and add a few drops of essential oil in it – make sure you use an essential oil that contains no alcohol. I’m addicted to the Aloha Orchid Capri smell. What I like the most is that the model I got shuts off automatically every 15 mms and starts again to spread that wonderful smell for up to 24 hours. So it smell good until the water reserve is empty, and I don’t have to worry about switching it off.
Now, this is a trick I learned from my sister. I love candles, and I get so mad when the wick dies before the candle does – you know this last inch and a half of unusable candle? Doesn’t this drive you mad as well? Well, I bought this candle warmer for less than 15 dollars and use it with my old candles. Again, the model I chose shuts off automatically so I don’t have to stress about leaving a candle on.
And finally, my favorite fresh smelling home partner : the Fresh Scents. If you’ve never heard or used these, you’ve been missing, dear friends. These littles guys are pure magic. I use them when I change my vacuum bag. I simply add two tablespoons of these in the bag and every time I run the vacuum cleaner, I get the smell everywhere around the house. Magic I tell you! Cost? $2.50 a pack, proudly made in the USA by a small company in South Carolina. These little fresh scents envelopes are not limited to the vacuum bag, but that’s how I use them mainly. They can be stored in your closet, car, bathrooms, trash cans… anywhere! Magic I tell you!
So here were my tips for a fresh smelling home, but I’m always looking for new tips. Do you have one to share with me today? I’d love to hear yours!