Scented candles, diffusers, or sprays can help your home smell better. But if you’re looking for a more subtle way to freshen up your space without overusing scented products, there are some easy ways.
First, it’s important to know why we use scented products. We often expect them to do two things when we buy these items. One, they’ll remove the bad smells from our space, and two, they’ll add the good smells we desire.
But often, neither of those expectations come true. For example, when we spray perfume around the house, we may think it’ll immediately affect the air quality. But it doesn’t necessarily work like that.
Instead, it could linger for hours after use. And if you’re thinking about adding a new fragrance to a space, you should consider how long the scent will last before fading away.
Why does my room smell foul?
It might seem strange, but sometimes space isn’t able to hold that specific odor for very long. It’s possible that you just got home from somewhere smelly, and as soon as you open the door, it fills the entire space with its particular scent. Or perhaps you’ve been smelling the same scent for weeks, and it’s starting to irritate you.
In either case, you likely need to find a different solution.
What risks do gaseous pollutants pose?
Some scents are known to irritate — especially when used too frequently or for too long. The most common culprits include fragrances (especially synthetic ones), cleaning supplies, and paint thinner. These substances emit chemicals that can cause breathing problems and other health issues.
If you notice these symptoms, immediately stop using fragrances or cleaning compounds and contact your doctor.
How can I give my room a fresh, natural aroma instead of using air fresheners?
The first step in freshening up your room is to consider what kind of mood you’re trying to achieve. Are you looking for something light and uplifting? Something that will bring you a calming feeling? If so, try essential oils.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that contain aromatic properties. They’re often made by distilling a plant through steam, water, or cold extraction processes. The result is a pure concentrate of the plant’s chemical components.
Essential oil blends can act as powerful aromatherapy treatments, offering a multitude of healing benefits, including relief from anxiety, stress, pain, and depression.
However, when you choose a blend that contains only essential oils, you’ll also need to keep track of the brand. Different brands produce blends with varying concentrations of each component. So even though both brands may say that their essential oil blend contains 10% lavender, one may actually contain 20%, while another may only contain 5%.
Additionally, many essential oils are toxic (or at least poisonous) to certain species of animals. So make sure to check out the label and avoid any that could potentially harm birds or cats.
Also, because essential oils are concentrated, they don’t last forever. You’ll have to replace your supply once it begins to fade. Some brands offer refill kits that let you reuse the same bottle multiple times.
Another option is to purchase reusable bottles. These will allow you to reuse the same bottle several times, saving you money. You can also make your essential oil blend, which allows you to customize the scent. To do this, simply mix the ingredients listed on the bottle.
While you won’t need to worry about the toxicity of the ingredients, mixing essential oils requires extreme care. This is because they can react badly to one another. For example, a lemon essential oil is highly volatile, evaporating easily. As such, You shouldn’t mix it directly with other essential oils. Instead, dilute it with carrier oils.
Plenty of homemade recipes are available online, allowing you to experiment with different combinations of ingredients.
Can freshening up my space be that simple?
If you’ve got a small bedroom, it may be difficult to freshen up your space without using an air freshener. That said, your options aren’t entirely limited.
One way to freshen up your room is to set out a few potted plants. Not only does having flowers or plants in your space instantly boost your mood, but they also provide valuable oxygen and nutrients. Your plants will also absorb moisture from the air, helping to reduce humidity levels in your room.
Another simple trick is to add dryer sheets to the floor. While they contain no essential oils, dryer sheets are still effective at removing various odors.
And then there’s lighting! Lighting plays a major role in determining whether a space feels cozy and welcoming. So if you want to brighten your bedroom, consider setting up nightlights. They’ll ensure that you never feel lost or alone in the dark.
How to create a fresh scent in a small bedroom?
All of the above methods will help you freshen up your space. But what about if you cannot add plants or air fresheners due to space constraints? To avoid the unpleasant smell of your existing furniture, use masking tape to cover up splotches of discoloration or stains. Then, sprinkle baking soda on them to neutralize the odor.
For lingering odors, consider getting rid of them permanently. Plenty of natural cleaners can help get rid of pet urine and mold. And since vinegar is commonly used as a disinfectant, it may also eliminate odors caused by bacteria.
Finally, if you’d rather stick to a natural remedy, you can also consider planting mint near your bed. Mint has an amazing ability to repel molds, making it a great addition to your bedroom.