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Having three animals (sometimes four with a foster dog) live in our home can make for a pretty stinky house. My husband and I have an intense cleaning regimen (lots of laundry and vacuuming!) to keep the stench at bay. After we are done cleaning, we have discovered some easy ways to add natural and safe aromas to our home:
I’m pretty picky with the candles that are in my home. Many candles emit harmful toxins into the air, causing medical issues over long term use. Seeking OM sent me a soy wax, hand poured, crystal infused candle. It is rose scented through natural essential oils and has no dyes or fillers. This candle stimulates the Heart chakra and represents love, self-love, and relationships. Seeking OM offers a variety of candle sizes (6 oz., 12 oz., and 24 oz.) and scents (cedarwood, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, and patchouli). The rose scent smells like a bouquet of flowers, and really made the entryway near my kitchen very fragrant. The kitchen is the heart of the house, and when something good isn’t cooking, we always have this candle lit.
I try to smudge my house on a weekly basis. I light a sage smudge stick, open a window, and venture from room to room to purify the air. Smudging brings clarity, harmony, and love. It rids any negative vibes. Sage is used for healing (sage tea is great to soothe sore throats). The scent is overpowering and lingers, but smells clean and removes any bad odors. I use the New Age smudge sticks below:
You can Pinterest or Google stovetop aromatherapy and find a million different recipes for creating a natural home fragrance that is inexpensive, easy, and inexpensive. Start with a saucepan and add:
- 2-4 cups of water
- Slices of ginger, lemon, lime, orange, or apple
- Cinnamon sticks or vanilla
- Herbs: rosemary, bay leaves, cloves
Play around with the different varieties to find your perfect scent. Turn on the stove and let it simmer. Within an hour, your house will smell fresh and clean. I include Simply Organic Cinnamon Sticks below.
I use the SunLeaf reed diffusers that are made in the USA, and free of synthetic dyes, chemical fragrances, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals. They do not test on animals. There scents are blends of essential oils, which can provide therapeutic benefit. I typically put reed diffusers in my office and laundry room. My favorite is the lemon/vetiver combination below.
It makes us proud when people come over and say, “Wow, it smells really good in here! It doesn’t smell like you have animals!” Maintaining our cleaning schedule is paramount, but adding all natural scents helps make our house feel like a home.
So, my lovely readers, what do you use in your home? How important is it for you to use natural products?
Until next time…
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9 thoughts on “My House Stinks: How I Naturally Control the Animal Smell”
I use cinnamon in a sauce pan. I love how it makes my house smell like a gingerbread house. 🙂
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Right? Some of the cinnamon sticks I have used smelt like burnt rubber and do not last long. The Simply Organic ones smell great and are long lasting…
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This is great advice. My boyfriend and I live in a one-bedroom apartment with our two cats, so the smell can be frustrating sometimes. I have a reed diffuser, which definitely helps, and I will try some of these other ideas as well! Thanks!
I feel you. I have a two cats, a dog, and a foster dog and I am constantly doing laundry and cleaning. I hope my post helps you to have a fresh, natural smell! 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting.
These are great! I have two dogs and a cat so these are super helpful! I have I need to try the cinammon sticks
Thank you! 🙂
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Wonderful ideas!! I already do a couple of them, but now I have some new ideas – thank you!!
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