If you’re selling your home, it’s no secret that your home should be smelling great before any showings or open houses. However, we advise clients to stay away from candles and traditional air fresheners, as some home buyers may have allergies. Instead, we recommend the following natural methods to keep your home smelling great for guests.
One of the easiest ways to make your home smell fresh on a budget is to sprinkle a little baking soda over carpets and furniture about an hour before any visitors. Let it sit for just a few minutes, and then vacuum it up!
If you’ll be home just prior to a showing, consider boiling a pot of water on the stove and adding a few cinnamon sticks or cloves. The warm smell will continue wafting throughout the home long after you turn it off, and it’s perfect for this time of year!
Essential oils are another way to naturally fill your home with soothing scents. Just be careful, as not everybody enjoys the smell of all oils! Lavender and vanilla are among the most loved, and lemon is a great option to keep things smelling fresh. Consider adding a few drops to a cotton ball and then tucking the cotton ball out of sight (perhaps behind a picture frame, or on a bathroom shelf!). Another creative seller has even suggested dabbing a couple drops of oils onto light bulbs – when the light is turned on, the oil will heat up and the scent will be released throughout the room!