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How to make your house smell amaaazing (on a budget!!)

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Rory786 Sat 10-Aug-19 14:40:11

We recently had a leak so have a horrible damp smell in the house, any tips for making the house smell nice. TIA

wendz86 Sat 10-Aug-19 14:41:12

Haven’t done it myself but there is the tip to rub a bit of fabric softener on radiators and then turn them on .

doadeer Sat 10-Aug-19 14:41:44

One of those mist diffusers as you can just keep getting new oils and they never run out? Amazon do good ones for £20 plus they look relaxing

GreenTulips Sat 10-Aug-19 14:42:25

Buy oils and rub on radiators and light bulbs

caranx Sat 10-Aug-19 14:43:07

Open windows if its as windy at yours as here today.

AiryFairyMum Sat 10-Aug-19 14:43:26

Windows open as much as you can.

Strugglingtodomybest Sat 10-Aug-19 14:44:58

Depends what you mean by nice. I like it to smell of nothing but fresh air, so have the windows open a lot.

JoxerGoesToStuttgart Sat 10-Aug-19 14:45:02

You can make your own reed diffusers with essential oils and a carrier oil pretty cheaply.

wontletmelogin Sat 10-Aug-19 14:46:30

Not that cheap but the best thing we have is a Yankee Candle electric wax melt warmer. Buy one of their wax melt pots then when it's done empty it out and use cheaper wax melts in it! I buy mine from Etsy.

TapasForTwo Sat 10-Aug-19 14:47:33

This happened to us recently. The key is to get rid of the damp first. We already owned a dehumidifier and ran it all day every day for several days. We then enjoyed a lot of warm, dry weather so had the door and window open a lot. I put a reed diffuser in the kitchen to cover up the smell as well.

Happily the floor has dried out now and the smell has gone.

ParkheadParadise Sat 10-Aug-19 14:49:04

Definitely Open Windows.
Every morning its the first thing I do.
I also like reef diffusers from next.

Alsohuman Sat 10-Aug-19 14:49:56

You know those huge bars of soap you get in TK Maxx? There’s one tucked behind every radiator in our house. Works a treat.

FiveLittlePigs Sat 10-Aug-19 14:56:46

Open the windows. We have our bedroom windows open all year round. Downstairs windows are usually open when we're at home.

Rory786 Sat 10-Aug-19 14:58:13

Thanks everyone, great ideas. I'm leaving for a short break so will try a few ideas (not the open windows!) and hopefully will come home to a tidy and fragrant house!

Doobigetta Sat 10-Aug-19 16:21:47

Buy oils and rub on radiators and light bulbs

Putting essential oils on naked light bulbs is a really good way of starting a fire.

JingsMahBucket Sat 10-Aug-19 16:48:12

What’s your budget? You can get nice scent/stick diffusers in John Lewis for about £15. I’d also focus on killing the damp. Get the industrial bleach spray from a hardware store and spray that directly on to the affected surfaces 5 min before before you leave. Shut the door to the room and block the bottom with towels if you can so the bleach can work its way into the walls, etc.

Soontobe60 Sat 10-Aug-19 16:52:40

You need to dry the damp out rather than trying to mask the smell. I'd second getting a dehumidifier. With the weather we are having at the moment, the air is unusually humid even when it's hot.
I'd suggest putting a lavender plant in your house, or lavender essential oil on kitchen roll around the house whilst you're away. Don't use manufactured smells.

Whitecandle Sat 10-Aug-19 17:31:25

Put fabric softener in a spray bottle with water (2/3 fabric softener, 1/3 water) and spray al soft furnishings.

My fave is Lenor gold 😊

Dieu Sat 10-Aug-19 18:01:47

I think you can also add bicarbonate of soda to the idea above. So fabric softener, water and BOS. Helps eliminate bad odours. My favourite is the blue Lenor, but the Lenor Gold is also lovely smile

evilharpy Sat 10-Aug-19 18:10:30

I really love my diffuser and essential oils. There are lots of recipes on pinterest for different smelling blends.

Fragalino Sat 10-Aug-19 18:13:40

Agree use natural oils

GooodMythicalMorning Sat 10-Aug-19 18:15:17

windows open and dehumidifier are the best ideas but a bath bomb hidden about smells amazing.

Pineappleunder Sat 10-Aug-19 18:16:22

Dehumidifier.
Then put a few drops of essential oil (I use lemongrass) on the air filter of your vacuum cleaner. Prevents the horrible vacuum smell and makes the house smell so fresh every time you clean.

aintnutinchanged Sat 10-Aug-19 18:29:18

Zoflora is my bestie

SomeAfternoonDelight Sat 10-Aug-19 18:35:57

About the bicarbonate idea is it okay for ALL soft furnishings? Rugs, carpets, fabric sofa etc? x

Scruffalicious Sat 10-Aug-19 18:44:36

Pop a couple of tsp of vanilla essence in the oven and turn it on. Don't get it wrong, though...

growlingbear Sat 10-Aug-19 18:49:37

M&S have gorgeous diffuser oils for about £3 a bottle. I bought loads of them. I put a few drops of a cotton wool ball in the vacuum cleaner and rub a drop or two onto radiators.

Also, washing soft furnishings and curtains makes the house smell wonderful for weeks.

HotChocolateLover Sat 10-Aug-19 18:56:48

I put tumble drier sheets under the carpets and in cushions and the house always smells nice.

CitadelsofScience Sat 10-Aug-19 18:57:45

Ffs please do not listen to anyone suggesting putting things in vacuums or on lightbulbs! Or the zoflora or fabric conditioner diluted in bottle sprayers. I'm not sure the insurance would pay out if your house burned down.

See if you can hire a dehumidifier if you can't borrow or buy one. All windows open for a period every single day. You need to tackle the source.

WantLifeToBeBetter Sat 10-Aug-19 18:58:08

Big bunch of rosemary in a glass of water.

PinkBuffalo Sat 10-Aug-19 19:00:12

Damp house here too! (Saving up to get it sorted)
My friend got me a wax melter (burner?) thing. You plug it in switch it on and it melts the scented wax cake thing.
My living room smells lovely now as I put it on when I am home which is rarely.
The nice smell also lingers. I don't dread coming home now so I do recommend one. Think you can get the burners cheaper off the likes of Amazon than an "official" retailer. I then buy my wax melt things from a friend who does scentsy stuff, but they last aaaages so isn't a big cost.

PlausibleSuit Sat 10-Aug-19 19:00:22

You know those huge bars of soap you get in TK Maxx? There’s one tucked behind every radiator in our house. Works a treat.

@Alsohuman don't they melt? Touching the radiator itself, do you mean? <intrigued>

P1nkHeartLovesCake Sat 10-Aug-19 19:03:01

Honestly all these essentials oils/candles do not make a house smell nice!

No smoking inside
ALWAYS open windows when cooking
Open a few bedroom/bathroom windows for a good air out each day

thaegumathteth Sat 10-Aug-19 19:05:02

also wondering how the soap doesn’t melt

GhettoFabulous Sat 10-Aug-19 19:05:37

Boil up a bit of orange peel and cinnamon, cloves or aniseed with water in a pan. The whole house will smell amazing.

Mistybee Sat 10-Aug-19 19:11:59

Incense sticks

They're cheap and the smell is long lasting

Dieu Sat 10-Aug-19 19:18:32

The fabric softener/water/bicarb mix is absolutely fine for all soft furnishings.

Heymummee Sat 10-Aug-19 19:20:52

The thought of a house doused in fabric softener or zoflora gives me a headache!
I would also recommend a dehumidifier and also windows open as much as possible. Fresh air through the house works wonders.
I also enjoy stove top “pot pourri”. There’s loads of recipes online... here’s a few to get you started...

Vasya Sat 10-Aug-19 19:21:37

Soak cotton pads in a bit of cinnamon oil (or another scent you like) and tuck them into your radiators.

Pour a cap of vanilla and some water into an ovenproof cup and bake for an hour at 100c.

Oil burners

sunnydaysareheretoday Sat 10-Aug-19 19:23:39

I wouldn't put bleach on the walls you're only adding more liquid! Bleach will not kill mold that is growing on porous walls.

Propertyofhood Sat 10-Aug-19 19:33:37

The problem with boiling infused water so that it scents the house, or spraying liquid everywhere or using a scent diffuser is that the house is already damp and you are only adding to the moisture doing all that stuff.

I would say open windows are the best starting point.

BarbedBloom Sat 10-Aug-19 20:11:19

Be careful with essential oils if you have pets- some of them can be toxic to cats even in the air

BustedDreams Sat 10-Aug-19 20:26:07

I open windows daily. Bedroom ones open 7/24 unless out.

Also when going away I always make sure hard floors are swept, and swished over with week solution of Zoflora or Dettol. Loos flushed and cleaned, ecover spritz in bowl. All counters washed down with zoflora/dettol. Wooden floors and wooden furniture cleaned with method polish/cleaner or Wood Silk. Even when away for 2 weeks, when I return my home smells lovely fresh and clean.

ConorMcGregorsChin Sat 10-Aug-19 20:32:16

I use natural essential oils. Few drops in a small bowl. Few drops on a slice of kitchen roll and placed in empty vases.
I'm asthmatic so can't use aerosols (air freshener / spray deoderant) or any chemicals (lots of household cleaners)
So use a lot of lemon etc.
Zoflora I think is massively overused due to Mrs H et al. It's massively chemical. And I worry about friends who use it with asthmatic kids.
Also agree with opening windows as much as possible.

timshelthechoice Sat 10-Aug-19 20:36:39

I have a couple of oil burners, one upstairs and one down. I'm currently using a blend of sweet orange oil, bergamot and sandalwood oils and it smells amazing. Also Shearer's Amber Noir candles.

BustedDreams Sat 10-Aug-19 20:48:48

@ConorMcGregorsChin I’ve used Zoflora for decades. Nothing to do with Mrs H ... who ever she is grin

Catanddogmake6 Sat 10-Aug-19 20:54:42

A proper electric dehumidifier is probably best but we also have one of these in the bathroom and it definitely lessens the damp smell caused by an ineffectual fan.

vinergartom Sat 10-Aug-19 23:55:15

We had this problem a few weeks ago, very cold and rainy weather for weeks here in aus. After the problem was fixed (Gap around aN air vent, endless rain so it couldn’t dry out) we opened the windows whenever it was dry out, kept fans going and borrowed a dehumidifier. When it was at its worst we had a few open boxes of washing powder to mask the smell. The damp and smell is gone completely now.

Rory786 Wed 14-Aug-19 11:01:12

Thank you everyone- great ideas.

Ratonastick Wed 14-Aug-19 11:41:57

Just want to run in with an important point. Don’t fling bicarbonate around if there is still any dampness. I tried it once to get rid of the smell of cat pee. Turned out the pee wasn’t fully dried and I ended up with a cake of cat pee and bicarbonate that hardened to the consistency of a house brick and had to be chipped off the carpet.

TowerRingInferno Wed 14-Aug-19 12:24:01

Lots of candles to absorb smells. Windows open daytime.

I don’t want my house to smell nice. I just want it to have no smell at all.

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