Whether it's stinky feet, smelly boys, wet dog, musky gym kits or a garlic-y dinner, sometimes your house just doesn't smell as fresh as you'd like. But how do you banish that bad smell without resorting to chemicals, sprays and hundreds of fake odours floating around your house and into your lungs?
First of all, you need to know what's causing your bad smells. If you know it's your lovable but frankly quite nose-offending and bath-hating dog then fair enough, but if an unidentifiable odour is taking over your home then blow your nose and go on a sniff hunt. When you find the foulest smelling place, give it a thorough clean with some washing up liquid and then rinse with white vinegar. Believe it or not, vinegar is an age old odour neutraliser. And it's antibacterial. So whatever spill or stain is making your house reek, vinegar is the first step to getting rid of it.
OK, you're all cleaned up. Now let's start simple. Open your windows. A through breeze will sweep in and whisk away bad smells. But with winter slowly creeping up the garden path this option isn't always the warmest.
Bicarbonate of soda is another great trick. This white powder absorbs bad smells like a sponge soaks up water. Leave little bowls of it around the house, especially in areas where bad smells linger (you know the places - bathroom, near the pile of shoes and in the back of the fridge) and it will tackle the smells in no time.
Similarly, charcoal does the same thing. Fill some old tights with some crushed up charcoal and hang near bad smells. It sucks in and traps the molecules in the air that are carrying the stink.
Plant some sweet smelling herbs and keep them in your kitchen. Mint and basil work really well at neutralising and replacing unwanted smells.
Fan of natural incense sticks to tickle your nose-buds
Incense sticks are the perfect way to inject a bit of sweet smelling goodness in your home. We recently tried these Mini Natural Incense Sticks from Meadows. They are 100% natural and made from the finest essential oil blends that Meadows have to offer. Plus, the oils all come from a Fair Trade project in South India.
The sticks are handmade and then beautifully wrapped in local newspapers and packed into boxes made from recycled card. Not to mention they smell amazing. They really have ticked all the boxes.
This fan of sticks contained 8 different varieties, with each pack containing 6 sticks. My personal favourites are sage-clearing and meditate. But your nose might beg to differ.
The pack is perfect for those who don't know which smell to go for or for those with a short nasal attention span.
You'll be in nose heaven in no time.
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