There are a few items you can find in a Canadian home during the winter months; a sled, winter gear for the entire family and the dreaded smelly hockey gear. We have come to accept certain odours of indoor living but did you know there are easy solutions that will keep your home smelling fresh.
Start by identifying any unwanted odours. This is especially important during the winter months when most days are spent inside away from the cold. To reduce the smell move the source if possible, to a less frequented room like the basement or mudroom. Opening windows throughout the home at least once a week will help significantly and will deliver a nice fresh scent. Even small changes like lighting a candle can help reduce household odours for a while.
There are also natural ways like filling a small spray bottle with 4 ounces of water and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil and use as a room spray. Lavender is a natural choice because of its calming properties, but citrus oils like lemon, tangerine and grapefruit, are great smells. Also, stovetop potpourri is a great way to eliminate any odours. Fill a saucepan with water, add sliced lemon and your favorite herbs, simmer on low heat. This is a great natural way to freshen the air.
Try some of these tips when your house could use a little freshening...and really...whose house doesn't need that once in awhile?