Cheap ways to freshen your home

Metro Editorial

Most people want their living spaces to smell clean and fresh. However, pets, aromas from the kitchen, cigarette smoke, and other things can make a home smell bad.

Here are some inexpensive ways to remedy those pesky smells:

* Find the source of the bad smell and eliminate it. This could be a garbage pail sitting in the sun or sink disposal that's filled with food debris.

* Use a chunk of cedar or sandalwood in drawers and closets for a fresh woodsy smell.

* Simmer some cinnamon sticks and water in a pot on the stove.

* Dab a favorite essential oil onto a piece of fabric and stash it wherever you want a pleasant smell -- even in the car.

* Toss a used dryer sheet in the linen closet to keep sheets and towels smelling freshly washed.

* Grow herbs in a window box. When the breeze blows, the fresh smell of basil or rosemary will come into the home.

* Keep fresh flowers or plants inside the home. They'll filter the air and provide a pleasant aroma.

* Use lemons to clean the sink and kitchen surfaces for a fresh, citrus smell.

* Bake some cookies or another dessert for a wonderful aroma.

* Place a tray of fallen pine needles on a cookie sheet sprayed with a little water into a warm oven. The pine scent will fill the house.

* Push cloves into an orange. Hang the clove-studded orange on a string and place in a corner. The orange clove scent will slowly fill the room.

* Open up the windows and let fresh air in.

* Soak cotton balls in vanilla and stash around the house.

* Bathe and groom pets frequently.

* Use a favorite-scented reed diffuser, which will lightly scent the house for weeks.

* Keep a pot of water with potpourri on a wood-burning stove or radiator for a wonderful scent.


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