Picture yourself arriving home from a day at the office or a trip to the store, walking inside, and getting hit in the face with a sour smell. You're sure your house didn't smell so badly when you left. Maybe it's a smell from last night's trash that decided to stick around. Perhaps it's a pet-caused stink. Whatever the source, there are easy ways to rid your home of lingering odors. We have chosen five ways to bring freshness and sweet aromas back into your house. 

1. Stovetop Potpourri

Add a mixture of spices, citrus peels, essential oils, and/or herbs to a saucepan of water. Bring it to a boil, and let the steam carry the delicious scent throughout your house. This is a fast and fun way to get your home smelling great. For a fall themed scent, mix apple slices, an orange peel, and cinnamon cloves. There are a lot these simmer recipes out there. If you’re feeling creative, you can even make up your own!

2. Stashed Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets don’t have to be for the dryer! Linen closets and dressers are the perfect places to stash a dryer sheet or two. This will keep linens smelling fresh despite sitting in storage.

3. Scented Lightbulbs

When lightbulbs are not in use and have cooled, drip a small amount of essential oil or vanilla extract onto the outer surface of the bulb. Let it dry. When you turn your lights on, the bulb will warm the oil and fill the room with its fragrance. Incandescent bulbs are best for this, as they tend to run hotter than others. Note that this only takes a small amount. Be sure the light is off when applying the oil.

 4. Microwave Air Freshener

For a quick way to freshen up your home, put about a tablespoon of vanilla extract in a bowl and microwave it for one minute. This will leave your home smelling sweet.

 5. Carpet Powder

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or a tablespoon of cinnamon powder to about a cup of baking soda. Sprinkle this mixture on your carpet and let it sit up to an hour. Vacuum the carpet as you usually would. The baking soda will help clean and the oil or cinnamon will leave behind a pleasant scent.

Household smells can often be eliminated with tricks like those listed above. A lot of the time, simply airing out the house can do the trick. For stubborn odors that you cannot seem to get rid of, a professional will likely be able to help. If you have lost your patience for a certain stench, don't hesitate to give us a call. We are more than happy to help you find the right professionals for your specific situation.