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How do I make my house smell nice?

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SuperBunny Sat 13-Dec-08 19:34:14

Without baking. And preferably without a plug-in type thing.

It always has a 'used' smell which I don't like. I think it's because the carpets absorb the cooking odours but even having had them cleaned it is still there. It's not a revolting smell but isn't fresh and nice like other places I have lived.

I have the windows open as much as I can and have tried bicarb but I am stuck now.

SuperBunny Sat 13-Dec-08 19:35:07

And I have tried Lavender oil and incense but that just covers up the normal smell.

FrannyandZooey Sat 13-Dec-08 20:08:48


i don't know

i lived in a house once and it always just smelt funny
we never found out what it was
i don't suppose you could get rid of carpets? they are usual culprits i suspect

Fillyjonk Sat 13-Dec-08 20:12:25

why not always have cookies in the oven, that would disguise the smell wouldn't it? And you'd always have cookies.

TooTicky Sat 13-Dec-08 20:14:05

Endless joss sticks? Lemongrass oil is supposed to be good at getting rid of smells. Can't remember who told me that. Was it you?

TooTicky Sat 13-Dec-08 20:14:48

Fiillyyyyyyyyyyyyy <runs with arms outstretched>

idontlikesundays Sat 13-Dec-08 20:17:21

scented candles

SuperBunny Sat 13-Dec-08 20:17:23

Cookies is a great idea. Do you want to come and make them, Filly?!

Toot, I do have endless joss sticks but it makes it smell like some sort of hippy hangout. Which it is not. Most definitley not. I have no hippy tendencies whatsoever. Honest.

If I could, I would get rid of the carpets. I think the solution would be to move

SuperBunny Sat 13-Dec-08 20:18:58

Yes, will get xome more scented candles. And will scout out some lemongrass oil,


Sazisi Sat 13-Dec-08 20:20:37

You can put a few drops of essential oil on a ball of cottonwool and put it in the hoover, it'll make your house smell lovely while you hoover.

ggirlsbells Sat 13-Dec-08 20:28:34

yankee candles are fab!!
look crap but smell great and last ages and ages

littlelamb Sat 13-Dec-08 20:33:20

Our flat smelt funny when we moved in too. Took months for it to smell right. I would suggest persevering with essential oils, I like burning lavender while the dc play (I can at least maintain some semblance of calm) and yes Yankee Candles are lovely, even though I generally think scented candles are a bit naff. To get rid of carpet smells (and this was a great tip from MN when I bought a rug at a boot sale that STANK) cover it with bicarb of soda, leave overnight and hoover up. Try it a couple of times, with the essential oil int he hoover maybe, and it might make a difference.

Fillyjonk Sun 14-Dec-08 09:34:19



i am being sucked back into mn grin

ILikeToHoHoHo Sun 14-Dec-08 09:42:01

Put a few dabs of essential oil on your lightbulbs, when they are turned on and get warm they will release the fragrance.

NorbertDentressAngel Sun 14-Dec-08 09:49:22

Could there be some damp somewhere? Not necessarily noticeable damp with mildew etc but just a slightly damp wall/corner/floor maybe? Not sure how you'd find it though.

Also as others have suggested carpets and curtains can make smells linger.

For a quick nice smell around the house, if your radiators are on, put a few drops of essential oil on some cotton wool or tissue and pop it on a radiator.

SuperBunny Sun 14-Dec-08 17:14:41

Thank you all

Will put essential oil in the hoover, on the radiators and light bulbs and will bicarb the carpets again tonight.

I'm about to bake bread too, so that will help! I'm still waiting for you, Filly. Door's unlocked, baking stuff in cupboard by cooker wink

blossomsmine Sun 14-Dec-08 23:51:24

Can anyone suggest a nice essential oil to buy? Nothing too strong as dh can't stand artifical 'plug in' kind of smellsgrin I would like a nice fresh smell in the house aswellsmile

ForgetfulNess Mon 15-Dec-08 00:55:25

I like Grapefruit oil.

It's fresh and really uplifing.

ForgetfulNess Mon 15-Dec-08 00:55:51

uplifting even.

S1ur Mon 15-Dec-08 01:01:56


Boysie (Boysarelikedogs) does things with oranges.... I think it involves heat and knives.

SuperBunny Mon 15-Dec-08 02:54:14

I will look for grapefruit oil tomorrow.

Slur, can you be a little more specific about the oranges and knives? I could do stuff to oranges with a knife but it might not have the same effect.

VivaLaPotPourri Mon 15-Dec-08 04:26:09

<<pops on threads I am on>> I know the culprit to my odd smelling home - DS tipping milk on the carpet/rug. Getting laminate this saturday which should help! Was going to suggest bicarb & oils. One or both go in the hoover, I am not sure which mind.. Perhaps someone has already said <<scans thread>>...

blossomsmine Mon 15-Dec-08 13:16:45

Going to have a look for grapefruit oil when on my way to school run smile

captainmummy Mon 15-Dec-08 13:19:56

Lavender/orange oil dabbed on the radiators, or those tumbledrier sheets draped over them. When hot they release the frangrance.

Or talc sprinkled shake-and-vac style on the carpet then hoovered.

Or yep coffee grounds in a warm oven.

frostyfingers Mon 15-Dec-08 14:05:21

I dry lavender in the summer, then sprinkle it on the carpets about 1/2 hour before hoovering. When you hoover it up it smells lovely, although it doesn't last that long.

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