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17 Ways To Make Everything In Your Home Smell Downright Heavenly

Dry out used coffee grounds, sprinkle baking soda, and simmer vinegar.

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1. Simmer apple cider, cinnamon, and nutmeg to get the cozy smell of an apple pie without actually baking one.

Simmer pots are the coziest darn way to make your favorite smells fill the house. Another bonus: You'll add some much-needed humidity to the air to soothe your poor, dry sinuses. Add more water to the pot every 30 minutes so it can simmer all day long. If you're worried about leaving the stove unattended, use a slow cooker instead — just make sure to leave the lid off. Get more simmer pot recipes here.
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Simmer pots are the coziest darn way to make your favorite smells fill the house. Another bonus: You'll add some much-needed humidity to the air to soothe your poor, dry sinuses. Add more water to the pot every 30 minutes so it can simmer all day long. If you're worried about leaving the stove unattended, use a slow cooker instead — just make sure to leave the lid off. Get more simmer pot recipes here.

2. Burn a smudge stick to fill your home with a woodsy, soothing scent.

Wind twine around sage, rosemary, dried flowers, or any herbs you like. Hang the smudge stick to dry for three weeks, then burn the tips a bit to release that smoky scent. Learn more here.
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Wind twine around sage, rosemary, dried flowers, or any herbs you like. Hang the smudge stick to dry for three weeks, then burn the tips a bit to release that smoky scent. Learn more here.

3. Dry out used coffee grounds in the oven to soak up any bad odors in your home.

Researchers have experimented with using old coffee grounds as an eco-friendly and cost-efficient way to neutralize toxic odors in sewage plants. Spread the grounds out on a cookie sheet and bake them in a 250-degree oven for two or three minutes. You can then set them out in a jar with the lid off or fill fabric sachets with the grounds, and stick them in musty corners of the house. Learn more here.
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Researchers have experimented with using old coffee grounds as an eco-friendly and cost-efficient way to neutralize toxic odors in sewage plants. Spread the grounds out on a cookie sheet and bake them in a 250-degree oven for two or three minutes. You can then set them out in a jar with the lid off or fill fabric sachets with the grounds, and stick them in musty corners of the house. Learn more here.

4. Make a fragrant and festive garland out of cinnamon sticks and dried orange peels.

Hang it from the ceiling, wrap it around your Christmas tree, or drape it over the mantle! Learn more here.
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Hang it from the ceiling, wrap it around your Christmas tree, or drape it over the mantle! Learn more here.

5. Hang used tea bags in linen closets or small bathrooms to soak up unpleasant odors.

Choose an especially fragrant tea so the tea bags add a nice scent in addition to neutralizing the odors. Learn more here.
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Choose an especially fragrant tea so the tea bags add a nice scent in addition to neutralizing the odors. Learn more here.

6. Sprinkle baking soda in your trash can to cancel out the smell of leftovers.

You can even layer baking soda in the bag and onto the stinky trash to keep the kitchen smelling fresh. Learn more here.
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You can even layer baking soda in the bag and onto the stinky trash to keep the kitchen smelling fresh. Learn more here.

7. Stick a dryer sheet in the laundry basket to stop sweaty gym clothes from stinking up your bedroom.

When you wash that load, save the sheet for the dryer and stick a new one in the hamper! Learn more here.
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When you wash that load, save the sheet for the dryer and stick a new one in the hamper! Learn more here.

8. Put a few drops of essential oils on your furnace filters when it's time to switch them out.

Don't worry, it won't affect the effectiveness of your air filters. In fact, it's a great way to fill the home with your favorite scents that won't create air pollutants like air fresheners or candles can. Learn more here.
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Don't worry, it won't affect the effectiveness of your air filters. In fact, it's a great way to fill the home with your favorite scents that won't create air pollutants like air fresheners or candles can. Learn more here.

9. Or soak a cotton ball in your favorite essential oil and drop it in your vacuum to release the scent while you clean.

The effects are subtle, but the pleasant scent will definitely make vacuuming less of a chore. Learn more here.
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The effects are subtle, but the pleasant scent will definitely make vacuuming less of a chore. Learn more here.

10. Put a few drops of essential oil on the inside of your toilet paper roll to release the scent every time you grab a square.

Make sure to put the oil on the cardboard and not the actual paper as some oils can irritate your skin. Learn more here.
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Make sure to put the oil on the cardboard and not the actual paper as some oils can irritate your skin. Learn more here.

11. And mix rice with essential oils and wrap it in fabric scraps to fill your linen closet with your favorite fragrance.

Or just buy lavender sachets! This is more of a whatever-you-have-on-hand type of project. Learn more here.
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Or just buy lavender sachets! This is more of a whatever-you-have-on-hand type of project. Learn more here.

12. Sprinkle baking soda on your rugs and upholstery if they're starting to smell like your pet.

Allow the baking soda to sit on the rug for a few minutes and vacuum it up! Learn more here.
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Allow the baking soda to sit on the rug for a few minutes and vacuum it up! Learn more here.

13. Tie a few branches of fresh eucalyptus around your shower head for a refreshing scent every time you turn on the hot water.

The humidity combined with the eucalyptus will also help clear out any congestion! Learn more here.
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The humidity combined with the eucalyptus will also help clear out any congestion! Learn more here.

14. Freeze leftover lemon peels in vinegar and grind up the cubes in the garbage disposal if it's starting to stink.

The vinegar sanitizes the blades while the peels give off that clean smell. Learn more here.
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The vinegar sanitizes the blades while the peels give off that clean smell. Learn more here.

15. Stick a bowl of oats in the fridge to soak up any odors until you have a chance to clean it.

You, of course, are going to need to clean the fridge if it smells, but the oats will deal with the problem until you have some time to give the shelves and drawers a good scrub. Learn more here.
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You, of course, are going to need to clean the fridge if it smells, but the oats will deal with the problem until you have some time to give the shelves and drawers a good scrub. Learn more here.

16. Simmer white vinegar and water to rid the house of the smell of frying oil.

Fried food is delicious, but the lingering smell is definitely not. You can either boil equal parts vinegar and water for a quick fix or leave bowls of vinegar on the counter overnight. Learn more here.
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Fried food is delicious, but the lingering smell is definitely not. You can either boil equal parts vinegar and water for a quick fix or leave bowls of vinegar on the counter overnight. Learn more here.

17. And don't pour that oil down the drain because it'll definitely cause more smells later.

Oil will stick to your pipes and solidify over time. Let the oil cool, then dispose of it in the trash. Learn more here.
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Oil will stick to your pipes and solidify over time. Let the oil cool, then dispose of it in the trash. Learn more here.