How To Make Your Home Smell Better!

Published: 08/02/2024

There are few better feelings than coming home after a tough day at work to a house that smells great, yet not everyone knows how to make a home smell better.

That fresh scent hitting you as you walk through the door can alleviate stress, calm your senses, and ensure your evening isn't ruined after a bad day at work or getting caught in a torrential downpour. After all, what are a few drops of rain when the house smells so good? So, what can you do to ensure you get this fresh smell every time you walk through the door?

If you're looking for a few simple tips to make your home smell better, particularly if you are preparing your home for viewings, here are some quick and easy things you can do.

Top Tips to Make Your House Smell Amazing

Regularly Open Windows

There's nothing like the great outdoors to make your home smell fresh! Just five minutes once a day can boost the natural ventilation in your home and help get rid of built-up odours. For the best results, at Ellisons, we recommend opening your windows at night or early in the morning, as this is usually when the air is cooler, and unwanted smells can easily escape.

Change Your Sheets More Frequently

Laundry day never fails to make a home smell nice! If you want to make your home smell better, washing your bedsheets once a week with fragrance balls can create a long-lasting, cleaner smell throughout your home and remove unpleasant smells.

Clean the Floors

Washing your floors regularly with a mop or steam cleaner can leave a pleasant, long-lasting scent throughout your home. To make your floors smell even nicer, try adding a fragrance to the cleaning water. Don't forget about pesky carpet smells, too!

Wash Living Room Pillows & Throws

We may not notice it, but odours can linger on our sofas, pillows and throws. If you have pets that sleep on the sofa or you regularly eat food in the living room, your sofa pillows can easily become full of bacteria, too. Most living room pillows and throws are machine-washable, so giving them a quick wash every now and then can leave your living room smelling fresh and clean.

Scatter Dryer Sheets

If air fresheners and candles aren't your style, scattering scented dryer sheets in every room is another easy way to make your home smell better. If areas of your home are particularly odorous (like near the front door or your garbage disposal), try slipping dryer sheets into your shoes or jacket pockets. Instead of being greeted by a musty shoe or damp jacket smell, you can enjoy a more pleasant aroma when you walk through the door! Just make sure you're only placing dryer sheets in safe places and not anywhere that could create a hazard.

Frequently Asked Questions About Making a House Smell Good

Do scented candles and essential oils help?

Scented candles, essential oils, and cinnamon sticks can all help mask bad smells, but they will remain lingering in the background until you deal with the problem.

How can I remove lingering odours?

To remove lingering odours and stinky smells, try some of the tips laid out above. Failing that, try to locate the source of the smell and decide whether it is possible to remove the smell or whether the piece of furniture in question will need replacing.

Will bad smells stay forever?

The good news is that almost all bad smells can be removed with the right process and consistent monitoring!

Want More Home & Interiors Tips?

If you want more tips on how to style your home or stage it for sale, Ellisons are your local estate agents in Raynes Park. Our friendly team of agents are here to help answer any questions you have about selling your home, and we are experts in the Raynes Park area.

To arrange a valuation, click here or give us a call today on 020 8944 9595. Alternatively, send us an email to to arrange a call back at a time that suits you.

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