1. Open the windows
Airflow is step one to a fresh-smelling home. If you’re cooped up in your own smells, they’ll start to stew. Also important: making sure that the more humid areas of your apartment, like the bathroom, get enough ventilation. Mold isn’t just smelly, it can be a health hazard.
2. Take out the trash
And the compost, and do the dirty laundry. If you let stinky things sit around, your house will be stinky!
3. Bake cookies
This isn’t just a joke about real estate agents—baked goods and other aromatic, home-cooked meals will make your place smell lovely and loved. Another great idea? Boil your favorite herbs to release their scents into your living space.
4. Keep plants
Flowers smell wonderful, but even non-flowering plants will improve your home’s smell by filtering and cleaning the air for you. A much prettier, less expensive alternative to a manufactured air purifier.
5. Clean, don’t mask
If your first instinct for stink is to invest in room perfume, think again. Synthetic smells may not be good for your health, and anyway, they’re only addressing the symptom, not the problem. Clean your home regularly. Even baking soda and vinegar will go a long way to keeping things fresh.