Your home is your personal oasis and though it may not always feel like the most relaxed environment, it is a space to unwind and enjoy your family. Having a clean and organized home definitely plays a factor in my mood. I’ve noticed when clutter builds up and I fall behind on cleaning, I feel more stressed. Aside from that, a fresh smelling house is great to come home to and does wonders for uplifting my spirits. Below are a few simple tips you can do to keep your home looking and smelling fresh!

Clean frequently: Though it may seem obvious, the main thing to keeping odor from building-up in your home is to keep up with regular cleaning. Vacuuming (furniture included!), dusting and sweeping often, will help to keep the bad smells away. Of course, keeping up with bathroom cleaning is also important! You don’t have to deep-clean every day, but sticking to a cleaning routine will help to keep your home organized and smelling fresh.

Decorate with candles: Decorative candles will not only add to your home décor, but they can also help enhance your home with wonderful smells! Lighting a candle after dinner or on a relaxing weekend creates a lovely and calming ambiance. With fall fast approaching, you may want to get your hands on Glade® Sense & Spray Automatic Freshener, which is now available in great fall scents including Apple Cinnamon and Cashmere Woods.

Open the windows: Growing up, I remember my mom often keeping windows open throughout the house to let in fresh air. Personally, it’s not something I do often as the Florida heat gets pretty intense, but come late fall and winter when the cooler weather kicks in, it’s nice to open the windows and let the scents of nature in.

Keep trash out: Frequently taking out the garbage, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, is super important to keeping your home smelling fresh. Beware of food packages you throw out and be mindful of waiting to take your garbage out until garbage pick-up day. It’s not pleasant to walk into your home after a long day, only to smell the scent of the garbage you forgot to throw out that morning! To reduce waste (and odors) consider setting up a recycling bin in your garage and a compost bin for food scraps in your backyard.

Don’t forget appliances: Cleaning out your appliances periodically can also help to keep your home smelling fresh. The dishwasher, washing machine and stove all collect bits and pieces of food and dirt, so washing them periodically (monthly if you can) will be a big help in reducing potential stink, germs and bacteria. Also, don’t forget to clean out your fridge and remove old food before it spoils or becomes a science experiment!

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