When you live in a home, chances are it’s not going to stay smelling lovely all on it’s own. I mean, after all, you do live in it. And living doesn’t always smell great. So what do you do? You turn to spray product or air fresheners or cleaning products. Now, those are all well and good – but if you’re looking for an all-natural way to freshen up, we have a few ideas for you. Check out these 9 brilliant ways to get your home smelling fresh and clean…minus that eau de chemicals scent we all love so much.


1. Eucalyptus

Ever want to just escape to the spa? Better yet, ever want to escape to the spa without spending the money to go to the spa? Us, too. Here’s a quick tip to trick your nose: hang some eucalyptus from your shower head, turned the water on nice and hot and clear out your sinuses with the amazing scent!

eucalyptusOne Good Thing

2. Scented Pinecones

You could buy those bagged cinnamon scented pinecones at the Dollar Store…or you could make your own! With this fun DIY, you only need a new ingredients to make some winter décor that smells as good as it looks.

cinnamon-pineconeThe Happy Tulip

3. Lemony Fresh Garbage Disposal

There is no worse culprit for stink than the garbage disposal – I’m speaking from experience, here. My disposal can stink up the entire kitchen depending on what dinner was the night before. I’ll be the first to say goodbye to my nasty smelling sink with this trick! These lemon vinegar ice cubes just need to get popped down the drain and – poof! You’ve got one nice smelling sink.

Citrus DisposalOne Good Thing

4. DIY Potpourri

Potpourri is not just something your grandma hordes. This lovely medley of smells can be completely personalized to your preferences and is extremely simple to make! Even better, you can display your potpourri in a million creatively cute ways, so your house looks and smells beautiful.

PotpourriFree People

5. Dried Herbs

It might seem a little old fashion, but hanging dried herbs is one of the easier and cheapest ways to achieve a clean smelling home. Just like potpourri, dried hanging herbs act not only as an air freshener but they also add some lovely décor to your kitchen or bathroom! Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

HerbsGarden Therapy

6. Lemon Basil Spray

Febreeze and other air fresheners can definitely get the job of spreading good scents done – but they can also spread potentially harmful chemicals. If you have chemical allergies, are concerned about the safety of your kids or pets, or are just looking for a more natural way to clean, check out this lemon basil spray. Flex your DIY muscles and breathe in a scent of your own creation.

Lemon Basil SprayDean's Group

7. Simmer Pot

What is a simmer pot, you ask? A simmer pot is essentially a pot of good smelling herbs and other natural items (i.e. apple peels) placed into a boiling pot of water. Get creative and put whatever scents you want into the pot (you can even use a Crockpot!) and be prepared for some seriously good smells as the simmering water spreads your hand-picked scents around the house.

Simmer PotHow Sweet It Is


8. Williams-Sonoma Scent

Grasping for some simmer pot inspiration? Take a cue from Williams-Sonoma. If you’ve ever stepped inside one of these stores, you know that they smell AMAZING. How? You guessed it. Williams-Sonoma stores across the world use the same simmer pot scent of their own creation. Feel like you’re living in your favorite store by trying their simmer pot recipe on for size.

HomeSmellFI EditedBrit + Co

9. Freshening Plants

Not interested in bringing new scents in? Trying getting them out in the first place! Air-cleansing plants, such as aloe, help to rid smelly toxins from the air…making the list above wonderfully irrelevant.

aloe_veraMother Nature Network

Do you have any all-natural tricks that you use to make your home smell magical? Do share! Share any thoughts or suggestions in the comments section below.