What’s that smell? Trying to pinpoint the source of a random prudent smell can be frustrating if you don’t know where it’s coming from. Luckily for you, I’ve found some cleaning tips to clean a little bit of everything in your home, and I added a few smell hacks to fill your home with wonderful scents that you can try as well.
Let’s start with the cleaning tips…
How To Clean Burnt & Scorched Pans
Materials You’ll Need:
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of water depending on the size of your scorched pot
- A scouring pad
Instructions on Cleaning Your Scorched Pot: Start by filling the bottom of the pot with water and add vinegar. Then, bring the pot to a boil for a few minutes. Take the pot away from the stove and add the baking soda. Drain the pot and use a scouring pad to scrub away the remaining spots. For full details, check out the post on Apartment Therapy.
How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Your Sink Faucets
- Microwave Safe Bowl
- Two Tablespoons of Vinegar
- 1 lemon cut in half
- Paper Towel
Instructions On How To Clean A Microwave: First, fill the microwave safe bowl with one to two cups of water and add two tablespoons of vinegar. Add the lemon and place the bowl into the microwave. Let the microwave run for 5 minutes, and once those 5 minutes are up, let it sit for 2 minutes to allow the steam to loosen all of the grime. Remove the bowl and wipe the inside of your microwave with paper towels or a rag. For more details, check out this post from Simple Most.
How To Remove Tough Carpet Stains
- Hot Water
- Spray Bottle
- Clean, color-safe towels
- Clothes Iron
Instructions on How To Remove Tough Carpet Stains: First, allow your iron to preheat by plugging it into an outlet that’s close to the stain that you’re trying to clean. Pour ammonia and hot water into your spray bottle and give it a good shake. Spray the mixture onto the stain, and place a clean towel over it. Place your iron on top of the towel and slowly move it back and forth. Check to see if the stain is coming up by flipping up a corner of the towel. Repeat this process until the stain is gone! For more details, check out his post from One Good Thing By Jillee.
Homemade Glass Stove Top Surface Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Liquid Dish Soap
Instructions: Form a paste with about 1 tsp of baking soda and dish soap. Dip a sponge into the paste and scrub the tough areas on the stove top. Use a microfiber cloth to polish the surface when you are done. For more details, check out this post from Mommy Savers.
Scrub Away Stains In Your Toilet With Kool-Aid
- A Packet of Lemonade or Orange Flavored Kool- Aid Mix
- Toilet Brush
Instructions: Pour a packet of lemon flavored Kool-Aid mix into your toilet, and use the toilet brush to scrub away the stains. The citric acid from the mix will dissolve and break down stains. For more tips, check out this post from The Krazy Coupon Lady.
How To Remove Mildew Smell From Towels
- Baking Soda
Instructions: Wash your towels on the hottest water setting possible and add 1 cup of vinegar. If the mildew smell is still there, wash your load again with very hot water and ½ cup of baking soda. When your clothes are done washing, place them in your dryer on the highest heat setting. Make sure the towels get completely dry before taking them out. For more details, check out this post from Tidy Mom on eBay.
Homemade Bath and Shower Cleaner
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Spray Bottle
Instructions: First, measure out equal amounts of dish soap and vinegar. Heat the vinegar up in the microwave or on the stove. Once the vinegar is hot, pour it into the spray bottle along with the dish soap. Mix the products together by shaking the bottle. Spray the mixture onto the surface of your shower and tub, scrub it, and rinse it right off. For more details, check out this post from Skip To My Lou.
Now for the smell hacks….
Add a Few Drops of Essential Oils To Your Air Filters
Every time you change your air filters, put a few drops of essential oils on them to have the smell dispersed throughout your house every time the air comes on.
DIY Citrus Air Freshener
Fill your home with the energizing smell of oranges by creating this DIY citrus air freshener.
- ½ Cup Distilled Water
- 20 Drops of Essential Oil
- 8-ounce Glass Spray Bottle
Instructions: Add the essential oils and water into a glass spray bottle. Shake the bottle before you use it. For more details, check out this post from Doterra.
Tape Dryer Sheets To The Front Of Your Fan
If you use a box fan in your home then you should try taping dryer sheets to the front of fan. This hack isn’t the most visually appealing thing to see but it most definitely works.
DIY Non-Toxic Air Freshener
- Small Jars
- Slotted Mason Jar Lids
- Baking Soda
- Your Favorite Essential Oils
Instructions: Fill your jar with a good amount of baking soda and add in 12 to 15 drops of the essential oil that you want to use. Place the original jar lid back onto the jar and shake it to mix the essential oil and baking soda together. Now put the slotted jar lid on to allow the amazing smell to come through. For more details, check out this post from Like A Saturday.
Like my mother always says, “ A clean home is a happy home,” and I completely agree. A clean home that smells good will make you feel confident and your guests will feel welcomed. Tell me what you think about these tips in the comment section below.