How To Freshen Your Home Without Refreshing Sprays

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Tips for a Fresher Smelling Home

When odors and smells stick around your house, it can be pretty frustrating for the nose. Maybe you’ve tried tirelessly to make your house smell better with air refreshing sprays that claim to remove strong odors.

Heavy air refreshing sprays can cause indoor air pollution and are sometimes even harmful to your health. Air refreshing sprays only cover strong odors for a small period of time, so is it even worth risking your air quality and health? Here are some alternatives to air fresheners that don’t use heavy chemicals and can keep your home smelling just as good or even better.

1. Open Windows

The most natural way to improve your home’s smell and air quality is to open windows in rooms around the house. Letting in fresh air can help not only take away stale odors but also give your home a crisp, fresh smell. If it’s warm outside and you feel that opening a window won’t work for you, try turning your air conditioner down for cooler air inside your home or use a fan to circulate enough air to keep the room cool.

2. Clean Your Carpet

A solution to a fresher-smelling home can be as simple as cleaning your carpet. The materials used in carpets trap odors, and if you have carpet throughout your home, we suggest that you clean it regularly so that your home doesn’t smell.

Try an all-natural carpet powder made with baking soda, corn starch, and essential oils. Spread the mixture on your carpet and then vacuum it to remove the smell.

If you think your carpet could use an even deeper cleaning, contact your local carpet cleaning company to deodorize your carpet. This can remove deep-set stains and odors that have been sitting over time. It can also give your home a cleaner look and feel!

3. Add a Little Greenery

Let nature do the job for you and add indoor plants! Plants add a little aesthetic to your home while acting as a natural air freshening agent. They’re a great alternative to using sprays that contain chemicals and can even improve your indoor air quality.

Here are plants that are popular for keeping homes fresh and removing indoor pollutants:

  • Peace Lily - removes carpet smells.

  • Chrysanthemums - removes toxins in the air.

  • Mother-in-Law Tongue - converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.

  • Devil’s Ivy - removes fumes from paint.


If you’re wanting to take your plant game to the next level, here are a few plants that will make your home smell pleasantly fresh:

  • Jasmine - smells sweet and has a calming effect.

  • Lavender - has an herbal scent.

  • Rosemary - has a wood-like scent.

  • Sharry Baby Orchid - smells like vanilla.

Some smells, like cigarette smoke, are a little harder to remove than others. In this case, we recommend installing a whole-house air purification system.

4. Install an Air Purification System

For unpleasant odors that just won’t go away, a whole-home air purification system is a great solution! They purify your air by trapping potentially harmful particles that may also hold odors and stop them from circulating around your home.

They’re a good way to remove pet dander, mold, mildew, pollen, and more particles. A professional HVAC technician can install and maintain the system for you so that your home always smells fresh and clean.

5. Replace Your AC’s Air Filter

Often, people forget that one of the easiest ways to help your house smell better is by replacing the filter to your HVAC unit. Air filters pick up and hold onto dust, dirt, fibers, and more that gets distributed throughout the house when your air conditioner is on.

6. Call an HVAC Expert

If you’re looking for easy, long-term solutions for a better smelling home, we suggest you rely on an expert to help you find the right air purification system for your home. Our technicians at Dependable Heating & Air know that some smells just don’t go away without a system that can filter out harsh chemicals and odors. We offer ionization and UV air purification systems that target and remove small, hazardous particles.

Give us a call today at (707) 247-2887 to schedule an appointment for your new air purification system!

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