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Do you love fresh, inviting, clean-smelling air in your home, but don’t love all the chemical sprays and fragrances? If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for fresh ideas on how to make your home smell good naturally. Keep reading, because you’re in luck! Here are 8+ ways to freshen your home’s air naturally, and easily.

how to make your home smell good naturally
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Okay! I confess! I’m a sucker for scented candles, wall plug-ins, scented soaps, and all things that smell delicious! Just ask my husband. He has joked me quite a few times about this issue. Little did he know that he’d soon be my inspiration for finding ways to make our home (and yours) smell good naturally.

There is something comforting about walking into our home and being greeted by the warmth of cinnamon or the decadence of buttercream. What are your favorite, most welcoming scents?

What I didn’t know was how many people react negatively to scented items in the home. 4 or 5 family members immediately come to mind whose sinuses revolt when they are around anything with an odor.

Whether you are trying to figure out how to make your home smell good naturally due to allergies, or a desire to reduce the toxic load in your home – read on! I’ve got inspiration for you ahead.

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let the fresh air in

This one might be plain ol’ common sense, but it’s arguably the most important!

Few things can accomplish making your home smell good naturally better than a crisp, fresh breeze. Open those windows and door screens to increase the circulation effect throughout the whole home.

Daily living pollutes our indoor air quality. We have dander from us and our pets, moisture accumulation, dust and tracked in bacteria. All of these contaminants hang out in the air we breathe, threatening our health and air quality.

That’s why the American Lung Association recommends letting your building breathe at least once per day. During the colder, winter months, even just a few minutes of fresh air lowers the risk of mold growth and other odor-causing bacteria.

change your HVAC air filters regularly

Most HVAC professionals will recommend changing your home’s air filters every 30-90 days. Some filter types last a little longer and cost a little more on average.

Considerations for more frequent filter changes would be: pets in the home, highly polluted outdoor air, you are an allergy sufferer or are in a large home.

If you are already changing your filters regularly but still noticing lingering odors in your home – it might be time to reconsider your HVAC [Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning] filter choice.

Odor control filters are specially designed for the purpose of neutralizing offensive smells from your indoor air. They are not all created equal, however. While there are many choices available – it is important to look at all of your options to consider the best fit for you and your home.

It is remarkable the difference in your home when you swap out your old, funky filters for fresh ones. Your indoor air will be cleaner, healthier and odor-free.

smell the difference an air purifier can make

Let me tell you – I swear by this odor remedy in our home! Our home has had many occupants since it was built in the 1920’s.

As a result, there are the inevitable smells an older home has. Sometimes no matter how clean you are, there are just some trapped odors you can’t control.

Using an air purifier has eliminated so much of what I couldn’t. Our ionic air purifier is so old you can’t even find them anymore. Yet it still works miracles.

All we have to do is clean the plates when the ‘clean light’ comes on and voila! It’s back to scrubbing our air once more.

I cannot highly enough recommend this method of freshening your home without chemicals and artificial scents. Outside of bringing fresh air into your home – this is by far the most effective way of eliminating stubborn smells.

Best of all? A quality air purifier will last you many years. Your home will not only smell cleaner – it will actually be cleaner.

diy all natural room sprays

Do you love the scent of cinnamon and vanilla? Or the soothing smell of lavender? Maybe you prefer the energizing aroma of citrus?

Whatever your preference, you can make an all natural homemade spray to suit your taste! You’ll know exactly what’s in it and how much. No more worries about harmful chemical additives being sprayed in your air.

DIY room spray recipe:

  1. Pick out your favorite scents of essential oils. You can combine complementary scents or stick with just one flavor.
  2. Have some multi-purpose witch hazel on hand
  3. Distilled water
  4. Small glass spray bottles (I like these for UV protection of essential oils)

Simple next steps:

This easy and fun recipe calls for 25 to 30 drops of your chosen essential oils into your spray bottle.

After that, fill your bottle half full with your witch hazel.

Next, fill your bottle the rest of the way with your distilled water.

Place your cap on the spray bottle and shake up all of your ingredients.

If you’d like, you can even add your favorite herbs or dried flowers for that extra little ‘something special.’

That’s it! Isn’t that simple? Using this formula leaves no doubt you are chemical and toxin free. Earth and asthma friendly. How much better can it get?

What’s your favorite scent?

plants are your new best friends

how to make your home smell good naturally

Most plants won’t give off a noticeable scent, although some do. But adding plants to your space are one of the best ways to make your home smell good naturally.

How do they do it? Plants absorb gases and other toxins from the air you breathe and trap them through their leaves.

I’m sure you’ve heard of photosynthesis – the process plants use to convert light and carbon dioxide into what they need to grow. It is this same process that enables them to trap and use our air pollutants too.

Certain plants are more adept at cleaning air than others. No matter which plant you choose, your home will be all the better and livelier for it.

Here are some of the air purifying pros of the plant world to consider:

Phalaenopsis Orchids

Peace Lilies

Spider Plants

Snake Plants

English Ivy


And Many More…

When choosing houseplants, do be mindful of pets and children. Many plants are toxic to pets and should be kept out of their reach. If you are interested in toxic vs. non-toxic plants for pets, have a look at this list from the ASPCA.

A bouquet of fresh cut flowers is also the perfect way to make your home smell good naturally. Remember the saying, “Take time to smell the roses?” My, what wise advice that is! 🙂

powerful bamboo charcoal bags

Are you familiar with the benefits of charcoal? If you aren’t, let me introduce you to this powerhouse.

Charcoal is highly porous. Because of this, it can hold thousands of times its own weight in toxins. What this means for us is we have been blessed with one of nature’s many miracles.

Charcoal is not only a powerful, all natural odor killer. It is used for a wide variety of wellness purposes including gut health, teeth whitening and skin health.

If you are seeing charcoal pop up in a lot of products here lately, there is a reason. Some of it is just trendy crap we don’t need. While others can be life changing.

Activated bamboo charcoal bags naturally and safely eliminate odor. Pet lovers are going crazy over these due to how well they absorb odors from litter boxes. Musty smells in closets are a thing of the past. Mildew smells in bathrooms – gone.

These little genius bags trap odors and toxins for up to 2 years! Once a month, leave the bags in direct sunlight for a few hours. Whatever has been trapped in the pores of the activated charcoal will release.

If you’d like to know more, you can read about activated charcoal and bamboo bags here. I think you’ll be amazed how well they work.

clean and deodorize your carpets without chemicals

Carpet can feel absolutely amazing under your feet. I must admit, it’s one of my weaknesses. Plush, super soft carpet.

Problem is – we all know how unhealthy carpet can become over time. Not only does it trap unwanted odors – it harbors bacteria too that can make you and your family very sick.

Thankfully, if you are a carpet lover like me who also loves a clean home – there’s a solution…

Baking soda! Yep, that’s right. While some of those store bought carpet fresheners smell nice – the chemicals in it aren’t nice.

Baking soda is all natural and highly effective. That’s why you find it soaking up smells in so many refrigerators around the world!

So how do you use it? Simply sprinkle the baking soda on to your carpets and let it sit for a few hours or overnight if possible. Once done, vacuum up and breathe in your clean, fresh air.

A lot of people are now adding essential oils into their baking soda. If you ask me, it’s a brilliant idea. Not only do you add a wonderful scent to your home naturally. You also get the benefits that oil provides.

A good example would be the many benefits of lavender oil. I use it often for its antibacterial, antimicrobial and calming benefits. Although I must admit that my favorite scent is probably cinnamon. Yum!! 😀

DIY Natural has my personal favorite recipe for this DIY carpet cleaner.

deodorize with diffusers

Essential oil diffusers have steadily gained in popularity with good reason. Our sense of smell has a profound impact on how we feel emotionally and physically.

“In traditional medicine as well as in aromatherapy and herbal medicine, essential oils and fragrance compounds have been used for the treatments of various psychological and physical disorders such as headaches, pain, insomnia, eczema, stress-induced anxiety, depression and digestive problems”

Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity

It’s no wonder then why essential oil diffusers have become almost an addiction for some. Their effectiveness at not only eliminating odors but also providing health benefits are well documented.

It is worth noting a word of caution here, however. Research has also shown that essential oil diffusers should not remain on throughout the day.

In one study, the European Society of Cardiology found after 1 hour or more of continuous exposure to essential oils being inhaled – negative physical effects were seen such as elevated blood pressure and heart rate.

Further studies are being performed on prolonged exposure to the inhalation of essential oils. For now, what we do know is that in moderation – the health benefits of these oils are innumerable.

It’s Easy To Make Your Home Smell Good Naturally

It may seem to be too good to be true – being able to ditch the unhealthy chemical laden scents for your home once and for all. Thankfully though, it isn’t! You don’t have to settle for unhealthy choices when it comes to deodorizing and cleaning your home.

What’s more is these natural options are far more budget friendly than their commercially sold counterpart! I don’t know about you, but we look to save money in any way we can.

I’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite methods, recipes and scents to fill your home with holistic goodness? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

Sending My Best To You & Yours,


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  1. I’m one of those people who can’t do scents. I love cinnamon & it is the only scent I can handle. Living in Florida, we can’t open our windows for a while. Can’t wait till it cools off enough to do that. Great tips & I love the ideas about the essential oils & charcoal. Will be trying that. Great post!

    1. Oh bless your heart, Lisa! You are all too familiar with humidity where you are. We live on the coast in Virginia and this past summer was horrendously hot. The heat didn’t want to break either. I hope it begins to cool down there for you quickly. The heat can become so oppressive, can’t it?

      Interesting that you too are sensitive to scents but cinnamon doesn’t really bother you! Cinnamon is naturally anti-inflammatory which makes me wonder if the scent itself carries some of those benefits?

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful reply. I appreciate you!

      1. The high today is 88. Woop woop! It will have to cool down another 15 degrees before I can open the windows. You are just starting to cool off. We have a friend who lives at the beach in Virginia Beach. I so look forward to it. I think you might be right about the cinnamon. I use it a lot in my food. Baked goods & breakfast. 🙂

      2. 88 is a definite improvement! 🙂 We have the windows open today and it’s glorious. Hopefully your open window weather is soon to blow in. It’s probably mid to upper 60s with a beautiful breeze here at the moment. Very low humidity. I’d give just about anything to live in this climate year round! haha.

        A lot of people really love Va Beach. There are some charms for sure. Hope you enjoy your visit with your friend when you get the chance to come back around. The sound of the waves and the smell of the salty air definitely has its healing qualities.

        You’re making me hungry with all the talk of cinnamon in food. Just last night we had cinnamon on our sweet potatoes. Great combination.

    1. Thank you so much Sandee. Hearing from you is always a blessing.

      Glad you enjoyed the ideas. Hope you keep coming back 🙂 Blessings to you & yours. Hope your weekend is going smoothly. ♥

    1. We agree, huh? 🙂 Isn’t there something so special about the warmth and comforting spiciness that comes from cinnamon?

      Hope your day is wonderful!

  2. I live out in the country. And, I know you’ve heard about that fresh country air…. but often can’t open my windows because of that fresh country air because all the fields around here fertilize their fields with turkey poop lol!! One year they got some kind of treated human waste…. Holly, it was awful….

    1. 😲 Human waste?!? Oh my goodness. I know many moons ago they used to do that here but had no idea anywhere tried this at any point in time from the recent past. Unbelievable. Awful HAS to be an understatement. And the health consequences, wow…. No amount of ‘treatment’ would be sufficient in my opinion. I bet you agree!

      And believe you me, I do understand. We live in an agricultural area too. Instead of turkey poop – it’s chicken. (sigh) We either laugh or cry about it, don’t we? It’s frustrating to think we can’t open our windows (when we pay good money to be where we are) because it is a little ‘crappy’ outside, LOL. 🙂

      I understand your plight my country friend!

      1. Yep!! I can imagine what all this funk does to our ground water….

        I absolutely agree with you! As nice as it is, it’s pretty crappy out here sometimes 😁

      2. I don’t know about there but the ground water issue has become a real crisis around here. Much debate has begun and some enforcement might soon be underway. Not far from here, 16 wells (I believe that number is correct) were randomly tested for fecal contaminants. Wouldn’t you know all but a few tested positive! There is no way we can sustain such pollution and live to tell the tale. 😔

        I know we need sustainable and earth friendly options to fertilize our lands. But there has to be a better way than what we’re doing!

        I’d still take country life to city life any day. I’m betting you would too? But we do need to go back to the drawing board for some solutions. 🙂

      3. I can deal with turkey fertilizer and even the cow fertilizer. But I got alarmed when I heard about the treated human waste….. they said it was cheap but I mean really… how would they feel if I took s dump in their yard, house, drinks, dinner table? Lol…

      4. Lol. Thank you. That’s about as plain as we could possibly illustrate the point, isn’t it? 🙂 I’m pretty sure there would be a very loud public outcry!

      5. You made me laugh today! Thank you so much 😀 I hope your week is joy-filled and as stress free as possible.

        I really do appreciate you coming by and sharing your thoughts. Hope you will return again & again 🙂

      6. Well I’m glad!!

        I thought I followed you? I don’t get any posts… I happened to come across this one in a search today…

      7. WordPress has been doing some truly bizarre things here lately. It wasn’t showing that you were a follower before but it just came in as I am typing this that you are now. Thank you for that! Your thoughts, humor and ideas are always welcome! 🙂

      8. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻it worked this time!! Hopefully it stays….

        Some people couldn’t comment on my posts for months.. and there for a while I couldn’t comment or even find some people’s posts….

      9. *crossing my fingers*

        What a mess. Sounds like you went through quite an ordeal as well. Hopefully everyone is squared away now…

      10. Mostly! Or! Didn’t you have another blog? I might’ve followed that one thinking it’s this one….. I can’t remember.. 🤦‍♂️

      11. I do actually. I was wondering if perhaps you followed Cat Care Solutions. I think you do there as well. Either way, thank you – I always love hearing from the folks on the other side of the screens 🙂

      12. Wow. I needed to hear these words today. Have been feeling a bucket-load of self-doubt. I’d say you’re awesome! THANK YOU! 🌻 That one sentence means more to me than you’ll ever know.

      13. You’re welcome! I thoroughly enjoy someone who enjoys talking lol! My conversations aren’t always the most mature or fun, but it’s cool to have someone who can keep it going lol!

      14. Lol. It’s funny how introversion works well on the internet. I can type my thoughts any time. Speaking them out loud – eh – that’s too much effort. That applies to small talk anyway. Something deeply philosophical, psychological, human rights (etc), Lord don’t get me started. That’s the ol’ INFJ in me.

      15. 😆😂lol!!! Oh boy…. when 2 deep thinkers unite…

        Feel free to indulge on my posts. And I’ll take whatever’s on your mind at the time 😁

  3. Excellent post, Holly!! I just bought the charcoal/bamboo bags. THANK YOU! My house is chemical free but with 8 cats there are smells that I do my best to eliminate. I use FO (fragrance oils) on strips of cloth that I hang from our floor registers (lemongrass) so that every time the heat or AC goes off, you smell freshness. I use cedar in our Master Closet. I clean with combination of white vinegar, concentrated pure lemon juice, and a few drops of Dawn dish detergent and I wash everything with this …. and yes this does remove pee and its smell. Floors, furniture, you name it, I wash with this! Windows I use white vinegar in water. Rug shampooer I use again white vinegar, lemon juice and about 1/8 teaspoon of Dawn. The only place I use cleanser is in the bathrooms and my ceramic kitchen sinks. Everything else gets cleaned with the vinegar solution. I have to be careful with plants … my cats will eat them and many are toxic to them. I also use Himalayan salt lamps that put negative ions into the air. I did have an air purifier but didn’t like it. We change our space guard high efficiency furnace filters once a month again due to the number of cats we have and due to the kitty litter dust. Our cats, believe it or not, IF we forget to change the filters (now we have it marked on our calendar) will start sneezing and coughing. They are that sensitive. Good to know others are becoming aware to get away from chemicals! As for water …… we are doing are best with filters. And pray we are doing right!!

    1. Amy – you always make my day when I hear from you! What a blessing you are ♥ Thank you! Your words have brought encouragement to me at a moment when I really needed them (again). Very special you are. 🤗

      Please let me know how the bamboo charcoal bags work for you. I’m very curious to see if they soak up the kind of unpleasant scents you’re trying to rid your home of. Trust me, I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes despite ALL of our best efforts – there are still some stubborn issues to deal with. I sincerely hope you love them! What I love most is how they are so sustainable. Good for around 2 years – sunshine releases the trapped toxins so they can be used again. It’s perfect!

      I adore your cleaning methods. Not only do they smell great, are highly effective but they also are completely safe – for you guys and the furry kiddos. Amazing. Your rug shampooer concoction sounds like one I need to try here. It makes perfect sense and the lemon must give such a nice, subtly clean fragrance? Yum!

      I too use Himalayan salt lamps here. I wondered if I should include them in this post but didn’t. Isn’t the light they put off so soothing too? I’ve got one lit here on my desk (it’s almost 1 AM) and the light is very calming. I do believe it benefits the air we breathe. Many believe the negative ion charge even helps with mood. What do you think?

      Isn’t it amazing how our furbabies can alert us to so much? Your stories really warm my heart. I love how you love!

      Always an absolute blessing to hear from you. Thank you for being you and for sharing your thoughts with me. You’ve got brilliant ideas! ♥

      1. The bamboo/charcoal air fresheners are awesome! They really and I mean really work! I have several stubborn areas in my home that smell “cat” but with these, that smell is non-existent! I am impressed!!! Thank you SO much for this suggestion! They went up yesterday when they arrived. It took several hours but then, freshness! Just wow!!

      2. This makes me absolutely thrilled to hear!! I am so happy that they work in your home too 🙂 Thank you so much for coming back to let me know how well they worked 🤗

        Sending you all my love. I hope you are getting at least a little rest this day ♥

      3. Bless you, Holly! I have plans on working on three small gardens today (mostly just fertilizing which by itself is enough thank you!), take a leisurely walk, and for the rest of the day, yes rest. Tomorrow, I must address the two remaining gardens …. both huge. Deep breath …..

      4. I’ve a couple of minutes …. Himalayan salt lamps are also antibacterial and antiviral. Yes their light is very soothing. Negative ions ….. think standing by a huge waterfall. Oh yeah, definitely lifts the mood. I love them as do my cats. My Vet claims they help with pain …. not so sure with that information.

        I’ve ONE more garden to do and I am finished! Will be taking the rest of pics and hopefully can put together a post showing the work that a woman in her 60’s still can do. Yes, I’ve slowed down but the point being, I did it! And now that I am super strong, I’m going full out with my gym workouts!

        My ideas are born out of desperation. I’m a flowers scent type of gal and to smell cat instead, puts me into a scramble as to what to do to override that smell. Besides scrubbing and cleaning that is. (smile) Thank you for the compliment!! Bless you! xo

      5. I am so sorry Amy that I took so long to respond!

        Himalayan salt lamps are definitely interesting. I had no idea that they could potentially help with pain! Will be curious to do more research 🙂

        So proud of you for all you’ve gotten accomplished. You’re still young in your 60s. 🤗 It definitely helps though to keep the body and mind active. I can always tell when I haven’t moved enough during the day… achy, stiff, etc. Yikes! Have you rested up at all yet?

        Sending all my very best your way! I pray you are well. 🙏🏼

  4. I love these ideas! I only use baking soda when I vacuum my carpet. I mix it with a little bit of lavender essential oil because it smells amazing and it’s such a relaxing scent. I don’t know about you, but I could use some relaxation while I’m cleaning! 😀 I also love using my diffuser! How crazy that I would come across the room spray recipe! I just bought a bunch of bottles and some witch hazel to make my own and couldn’t remember how much to use! So thank you for reading my mind. 😀

    1. Amen! You and I are in full agreement about needing the relaxation when cleaning! Our noses must have similar likes 😀

      Your blog has always had such awesome natural living ideas. I’ve come away from there many many times with all sorts of helpful tips. (Still love the lavender sachet I got from you!)

      You made me smile – glad I could read your mind, lol. 😛 You’re awesome Michelle. Thanks for being you and for doing all that you do.

      1. Aww thank you! I’m so glad you liked it! I still have one in my drawer that has lasted for quite a few months! Thank you for your kind words. You are so sweet!

  5. I love the post, my kitten’s litter stinks up the room. Will regular charcoal work? Or must it be the bagged one you mentioned? Don’t think I will get that here in Ghana, but we have regular charcoal everywhere.

    1. Hi Judith! Great to hear from you! So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      Regular charcoal just might work. Activated charcoal is more effective than regular, but should still help control odors quite a bit.

      If you have an old sock – stick a few pieces of charcoal in it and place it near the area where you’re noticing the worst odor. Give it around a week and see if you notice a difference 🙂

      I’d love to hear more about Ghana. I find your country fascinating! ❤ Have a beautiful and blessed day my sister. Thank you for taking the time to come by and comment! You are always welcome here!

  6. I will give it a try with regular charcoal and see. Ghana is a cool place to be, and you can consider visiting here some time in the future. Have a wonderful day today 😘

  7. Wow there are so many incredibly useful tips here! Nothing beats letting in from air into your home. We open the windows as often as possible. When we lived in an old house we found air purifiers really helped remove some of those old musky smells. Thank you for sharing xxx

    1. Hi Lellalee! So grateful to have you stop by here at Wholeness Haven and share your thoughts. Thank you!

      Isn’t fresh air amazing when it’s clean? It really does change the whole atmosphere of a place. And I agree about air purifiers. They make a world of difference when used correctly.

      Have a beautiful day. Hope you will come again soon! ♥

  8. Holly, This is a great article! Many great tips. My late mother-in-law was very sensitive to any scent and also skin sensitive to most jewelry. She was real hard to buy for!
    Thanks for all you great information.

    1. Aw! I am so sorry to hear about your late mother-in-law and everything she went through. Chemical sensitivities (among others) are more common than we realize. I think it’s one of the reasons I love natural living so much. We are exposed to far more ‘junk’ than we realize!

      You are such an encouragement & inspiration to me. THANK YOU Janet for all you do. You make my day over & over again. Endless blessings to you and your loved ones. 🤗

  9. Thank you so much for these ideas – I love the natural carpet deodoriser idea the most, can’t wait to try it out! Thanks so much for sharing these.

  10. One of our favorite natural room sprays is with Thieves! We take water, salt, and Thieves essential oil and mix it up in an amber spray bottle. It smells so good! And it brings a clean and fresh smell without the harsh chemical scents!

    1. Thank you so much, Michele! Lemon is beautifully refreshing isn’t it? Do you use it for cleaning, or just diffuse it through the air? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 😊

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