5 HACKS TO MAKE ANY SMELL ROOM SMELL NICE

28 Apr 2020 | Student Advice

With all the time in the world for Spring cleaning, it’s often the little touches we forget that can make a room feel brand new. It’s not just about the tidying and the dusting – the key to a nice room is a good-smelling one. Certain smells can alleviate us from stress, or even trigger a memory from a happy moment in our lives, allowing us to succumb to a powerful emotion that can change the atmosphere of a room completely. I have accumulated a list of scent hacks to freshen and change the atmosphere of any room.

1. Burn incense and candles

Probably the most typical hack for a nice smelling room, but one of the most effective. If, like me, you enjoy strong scents in the house, then I highly recommend incense sticks or cones. There are a variety of scents on offer, ranging from soft jasmine to strong sage (not to mention how aesthetically pleasing incense burner holders are). I personally recommend Nag Champa as my go-to incense stick. Candles, likewise, provide a calming visual as well as a satisfying smell depending on your personal taste. Shops such as TK Maxx offer a wide range of scented candles, which also come in handy as gifts. 

2. Add essential oils

If you are on a budget, this is a hack for you. Essential oils are easy to come by, ranging from rose to lavender, and are super easy to use. Oil burners provide a stronger smell of essential oils, but the smell can also be subdued if painted on to wood. Painting the oils on to wood allows for a great-smelling makeshift car freshener for any room. Even better, adding essential oils to a bowl of rice acts as a makeshift oil diffuser!

3. Soak cotton balls

If there’s a funky smell in the fridge that just won’t go away, utilize cotton balls by dampening them with oils or vanilla extract. This is a more specific hack rather than one for a room, but the lovely waft of vanilla or lemon juice as you open the fridge door is a nice touch to any household. This can also be used in bathrooms and cars!

4. Make your own potpourri

You know when something is cooking and it makes the entire house smell like food? Boiling fruit and herbs does the same thing, just without the smells to make you hungry. In spring, experiment with lime and mint to create a fresh and bright smell. In winter, make your own boiling potpourri with oranges, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks. This is a really simple hack that can be left up to your imagine and choice of scent!

5. Create personalised smelly bags

Something my mum has always done for gifts is make little bags of nice-smelling concoctions based on an individual’s favorite smell. I have small organza bags filled with lavender dotted around my bedroom as it helps me sleep at night. As these bags aren’t strong enough to scent an entire room, this hack is for the more specific parts such as a draw of clothes or under the duvet. If lavender isn’t your choice of smell, I also recommend lemon balm leaves, mint, and rosemary. 

By Imogen Kilner

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