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.