How Can I Make My House Smell Fresh?

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Kick out those old, sour odors, and make your smell feel fresh with a few simple steps. First, deodorize your home with baking soda, clean your home, and add fresh scents. You need baking soda, a vacuum cleaner, bleach, rags, scented candles, cloves or cinnamon, and an orange.

  1. Deodorize your home

    Deodorize your home by sprinkling baking soda over soft surfaces, such as couches, carpets, furniture and rugs. The baking soda absorbs and traps in the odors. Allow the baking soda to sit for awhile, preferably overnight. Vacuum up the baking soda.

  2. Clean up

    Scrub the hard surfaces of your home with a bleach solution. Mix 1 part of bleach for 10 parts of water. Wet a rag with the solution. Scrub all the hard surfaces with the rag, such as wood floors, cabinets, doors and walls. The bleach leaves a crisp scent behind.

  3. Add fresh scents

    After your home has been deodorized and cleaned, add fresh scents by lighting some scented candles. If you don't have fresh candles, you can make your own scent by adding cloves, cinnamon and an orange to a pot of simmering water. Another option is to place some vanilla on light bulbs before turning on the lights.