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After spending weeks on end at home, it’s not only starting to tell on us but our houses too. Is the air feeling slightly stale and in need of some refreshment? There are several ways to make your home smell inviting again without binge-ordering luxury candles or baking endless batches of cookies (although, that’s never a bad idea). Let’s explore them:

Boil orange peels

Orange peels have amazing health benefits, including headache relief and aiding weight loss but one of its lesser-known advantages is freshening up the air in your home. Simply add peels to a pot of boiling water and it’ll work its magic as it slowly simmers.

Invest in air-purifying plants

Didn’t know there was such a thing? Some potted plants serve as air purifiers as well, such as certain kinds of palm trees, orchids and peace lilies.

Make your own mist with essential oils

Fill a spray bottle with one-half to one cup of water and eight drops each of three different air-freshening essential oils – for instance, tea tree, eucalyptus and a dash of lemon – for a burst of freshness.

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Natural disinfectant

This works great for areas in your home like the kitchen and bathrooms. Apply a homemade cleaner made up of four tablespoons of white vinegar, three cups water and 10 drops of your favourite essential oil, on counters, surfaces, toilets, sinks, etc. to help lift unpleasant smells. (Extra tip: Add this mixture to some warm water in a mop bucket and go for it.)

Make your own carpet powder

What you need is a half-cup of borax, half-cup cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or cloves to make unwanted smells from your carpet vanish. Sprinkle this mixture all over the carpet, let it sit for a few minutes and vacuum as normal.

Quick homemade fabric spray

Give your furniture a scent lift with this easy DIY fabric freshener. Fill a spray bottle with water, add in a bit of baking soda and a dash your favourite essential oil and give it a good shake, then spray all over your furniture. You’ll have yourself a lovely smelling living room!

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