Help! My Home Smells Bad!

Besides your interior decor, scent is one of the first things your guests notice about your home. A clean home should have no smell. But between the kids, pets, cooking and just everyday living, chances are your living space will wind up with a mixture of odours. What’s worse, the more time you spend in your home, the more you will get accustomed to its smells. Known as sensory adaptation or nose blindness, it means that outsiders might detect a bad odour in your home when you don’t.

So being proactive in keeping your home fresh and fragrant is necessary. The good news is, it doesn’t take a lot to get rid of those unpleasant aromas and have your home smelling inviting again. Here are 5 ways that can do the trick easily.


  1. Essential Oil Diffusers or Candles

Essential oil diffusers and candles are not only the obvious ways to keep your home smelling sweet, but they can also be great for home decoration. Essential oils have milder scents and can be customised by combining different oils to create a perfect fragrance for you. Lemongrass, lavender, sandalwood and clove are just a few options that will freshen up your interior space plus provide benefits such as relaxation and cleansing qualities. On the other hand, candles offer a long-lasting aroma and a decorating style that is chic and modern.

Clever placements of these products can also improve their effectiveness. For instance, you can anchor a few candles – but don’t light them! – in some least expected places such as the closet or other areas where you store your fabrics. The fabrics absorb the scent and carry the aroma with them.


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Candles and essential oil diffusers are excellent weapons to battle bad odours (Image from

  1. Clear the Garbage Bin

Is there a lingering stench in the kitchen? If so, you need to check a few spots such as the sink, diaper pails or garbage bin. These are all places that give off funky smells, and amongst them, the garbage bin is very often the biggest culprit.

Fortunately, it is not difficult to remove the stench in your rubbish bin. Firstly, clear your garbage bin regularly by throwing away your trash at least once a day. This is especially important if you have lots of organic stuff like leftover food or human waste (read: diapers). You should also clean the inside of the garbage bin (including the lid) at least once a month so that any nasty bits stuck to the bin are thoroughly gotten rid of.


Tackle the smell at its source. (Image via iStock)


  1. Air Purifying Plants

Indoor plants are great to look at and a natural way to beautify your home. But they can do more than that. They are also natural air purifiers and do a decent job in cleaning the air.  Moreover, many plants offer pleasant fragrances too. Some of the best ones are the different kinds of palm trees, orchids, peace lilies and geraniums. And if you have the room for it, you can also try Arabian jasmine, eucalyptus, gardenias, corsage orchids, and Cuban oregano.

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Bring nature into your home to purify the inside air.


  1. Air It Out

What’s the most natural and cheapest way to make the smell in your home go away? Open the windows and let some fresh air in! Fresh air not only whisks away stale air and lingering odours, but it also helps lift the mood in your home. Throwing the windows and doors open is especially helpful when you have leftover cooking smells or hard-to-remove odours from home improvement projects such as painting. If possible, open windows on multiple sides of your home to get a cross breeze.

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Remove the old air and let the new air into the home.


  1. Homemade Pet-safe Deodoriser

If you own pets like cats and dogs, you will know that they tend to get themselves into stinky situations. Now, we don’t want to poison our furry buddy with commercial products, and some plants are actually toxic to them. So why not skip the artificial scents and make your own pet deodoriser? With just a few natural ingredients (water, white vinegar and essential oil) and a spray bottle, you can have your very own homemade cleanser that is safe and non-toxic.

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Man’s best friends are wonderful to be around, but we are less excited about their aromas.


There you go! Getting your home smelling great isn’t that difficult. Just give one or two of the above suggestions a try, and you will have a fresher, more inviting place to come home to!